Campers Choice Awards – Best Camping 2017

Top Campsites of 2017 Video Best Camping Overall Below are the top 17 camping locations that received the most 5…

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Top Campsites of 2017 Video

Best Camping Overall

Below are the top 17 camping locations that received the most 5 star reviews from the Campendium community in 2017 AND have an overall five star rating.

# 17 Rutherford Beach

Dept. Fish & Wildlife – Creole, LA

“We read a review of Rutherford Beach on Campendium and decided to check it out. It sounded too good to be true, but it was awesome! What a find! The beach is easily a mile long with plenty of spots to pull off and it was nearly deserted!” – Teddi & Roger


# 16 Palm Canyon

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge – Quartzsite, AZ

“We really enjoyed our almost two weeks out here. The views, stargazing, wildlife, hiking, jeeping, and camping were amazing. As others have mentioned this is close to Quartzsite but a world away.” – Scott


# 15 Cieneguita Camping Area

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area – Elgin, AZ

“It was not what I expected, but the savanna style grasslands were amazing. Totally quiet and lots of space to roam did the trick for me. The dogs fell in love with the tall grasses instantly, and had a blast all week long.” – Van-Tramp


# 14 Gulpha Gorge Campground

Hot Springs National Park – Hot Springs National Park, AR

“Great little spot right next to the river. Easy access to trails and town right from the campground. Full hookups at all spots.” – @ChasingTabor


Organ Pipe Camping

# 13 Twin Peaks Campground

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Why, AZ

“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is just a dazzling desert jewel. Twin Peaks is a perfectly designed campground that allows everyone here to intertwine with the Sonoran Desert.” – Michael & Imkelina


# 12 George’s Gift

Dixie National Forest – Bryce, UT

“This is a great place to use as your home base to explore Bryce National Park! It is probably the closest free camping to Bryce. Be on the lookout for wildlife!” – SerendipRV


# 11 Tom’s Best Spring

Dixie National Forest – Panguitch, UT

“This place is awesome! The best part though is it’s in Dixie National Forest, close to Red Canyon, a 10 minute drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, 50 miles to Escalante (and the national monument), 30 minutes to Panguitch Lake, an hour and a half to Kanarraville and Zion National Park. We would definitely stay here again.” – 33andfree


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# 10 The Point RV Park

Emigrant Lake Recreation Area – Ashland, OR

“The campground is located close to Ashland and overlooking Emigrant lake. The sites have nice spacing between them and all seem to have views of the lake. The facilities are very clean and great working condition. Will definitely stay there again.” – Jskflyfisher


# 9 City of Rocks State Park

State Park – Faywood, NM

“City of Rocks is such a great park I can’t imagine anyone disliking it. First, it’s located in the most spectacular setting amid fabulous giant rock formations which can be explored to your heart’s content. Secondly, whoever designed the layout of the park was really sensitive to its features.” – Evergreengirl


# 8 Loy Butte Road

Coconino National Forest – Sedona, AZ

“Most days (depending on wind direction) a fleet of hot air balloons went by overhead about a half hour after sunrise, and near the end of our stay one landed right in our boondocking area! Last year we stayed at the expensive RV Resort in downtown Sedona, but in the future we’ll try to boondock here again!” – Life Rebooted


# 7 Gilbert Ray Campground

County Park – Tucson, AZ

“Fantastic Campground. Perfectly landscaped with giant Saguaros and tucked up in the Mountain Park near Saguaro NP. We rode our bikes to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, which was one of the best museums we have ever been to.” – NomadicNeighbors


# 6 Homolovi State Park

State Park – Winslow, AZ

“This is a lovely quiet place just 15 minutes from La Posada, a must-see beautiful old hotel in Winslow. It’s our favorite place to be in Arizona. Go see nearby Little Painted Desert, and the Homolovi ruins. ” – Jai


# 5 Alabama Hills Recreation Area

BLM – Lone Pine, CA

“We thought this place was so great we came back a second time. The surrounding rock formations are so unique and interesting, and the Eastern Sierra’s as a backdrop was icing on the cake.” – MrCool


# 4 Nomad View Dispersed

Buffalo Gap National Grassland – Wall, SD

“This was our first boondocking experience, and it has set our expectations high! The views were incredible, with the vast landscape of the Badlands in every direction. If we ever find ourselves back in the Badlands, we will stay here without question.” – Streaming Nomads


Valley of the Gods Camping

# 3 Valley of the Gods

BLM – Mexican Hat, UT

“Well now, Valley Of The Gods is a very scenic spot. Like, truly a spectacle of nature. Ok, don’t go to Valley Of The Gods to boondock, because I don’t want it to be crowded next time I’m driving through.” – Rv Chickadee


san luis state wildlife area

# 2 San Luis State Wildlife Area

State Park – Hooper, CO

“Jumping jack rabbits! We loved this place, the sunset was gorgeous. It was a short drive to the Sand Dunes National Park. Did I mention that it was free?! Very remote and scenic, would definitely recommend!” – Weelittlenomads


Teton View Camping

# 1 Upper Teton View

Bridger-Teton National Forest – Moose, WY

“I seriously cried as we pulled away from this site. It is literally the best campsite you will every be at because of the amazing view of the Tetons. The pictures do not do them justice.” – Essentially Streaming


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