How To Camp For Free All Summer Long

Camping can often be an impromptu decision, and this can be a big issue—just try finding a secluded site that isn’t booked out months in advance. However, that’s not the case anymore. Thanks to Mountain Hardwear and Hipcamp, you’ll have hundreds of opportunities—all summer long—to book free, secluded campsites.

Dubbed “The Spot,” the program will offer campsite bookings on a first-come, first-serve basis in three major wilderness areas—the Shasta wilderness of northern California, the Shawangunk Mountains in central New York, and the base of the Tetons in Wyoming. All you have to do is swing over to The Spot, pick your site, and reserve your dates. If there’s nothing available right now, fear not, Mountain Hardwear will be releasing new opportunities all summer long and letting lucky would-be campers know what's available via social media or email.

Seems like the perfect time to make that impromptu decision.