Question about Nomad View Dispersed Camping

MadMigs asked on 12/23/2020

Can I "Save" a spot at Nomad View? We will be driving a Class C with NO toad, can we save a spot as we go to explore the park? e.g. Camp here on Tuesday Night, explore Badlands on Wednesday and come back to same "saved" spot that evening. What I am thinking is to tent spike our camp chairs to the ground where we were set up along with a US Flag and a note saying "BRB". If I came along and saw this I would leave it be. Has anyone ever done or seen this done out here? Thanks in Advance.

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1bike
Minneapolis, MN
22' Roadtrek 210 Popular
25 reviews

Answered on 12/28/2020:

While I don't think this would be a problem, when I visited this would not have been necessary. There was an abundance of very good open spots.
Ufronia
Keystone summerland
Ford f150
6 reviews

Answered on 12/28/2020:

This is National Grass Land, no reservations!! You could try to leave a sign and it would probably still be there because
SteveBooth
Merrimack, NH
17' Cargo Trailer/Camper conversion
4 reviews

Answered on 12/26/2020:

I've never seen a problem marking and saving your spot. I have seen a problem of people leaving a tent setup for the whole week and nobody there and only showing up for the weekend. I've seen those campsites gone by the morning. I don't know who did it but when asked by the people or police I had absolutely no pity for them. I've also heard their camp stuff was found in a dumpster. I woke up once to see the police down the road. I walked down and their site had been run over and destroyed. Even if I had seen who did it I would have kept my mouth shut!!! Each time the owners were nowhere to be found. If they were there I would have given them to choice words and no sympathy.
10 reviews

Answered on 12/26/2020:

Sounds like a good idea if you want to ensure you get the exact spot. Yes, typically when people see this or a tent, they don’t mess with it. I understand your situation as I travel in my van. Even at paid campsites I would just display my ticket showing paid occupancy until x date but I sometimes come back to find someone in it. So, leaving something in the spot will help out. Always remember it’s not a guarantee that you’ll come back to find your stuff still there or your spot unoccupied. There are plenty of spaces out there so don’t get wrapped up on staying in just one spot. You’ll also not stress while out visiting the park or doing your activities - worrying if your spot or stuff has been taken. I hope it works out for you and enjoy your visit. I loved this dispersed campground- right out the National Park back door plus amazing scenery.
DMR
Jordan, MN
13' Scamp Trailers 13' Standard
Chevrolet Truck
40 reviews

Answered on 12/26/2020:

like one member said not a bad spot anywhere they are all good. Just a set of chairs with a note is good if you feel a need to. Orange cones i would think someone forgot them same with a flag people forget the most obvious stuff i have camped for a hole week sometimes watching a a flag or set of chairs, coolers then at the end of my stay pick them up and throw them away. Pack it in pack it out rule #1 just enjoy your trip do not get hung up on having everything perfect unexpected situations make for the best stories later.
Voyagers On Wheels
Ulster Park, NY
33' Winnebago 2008 Voyage
79 reviews

Answered on 12/25/2020:

When we were there there were 2 different campers who left their sites. 1 left their chairs, the other 2 orange road cones. I didn't look but they may have left notes. But I think there are enough boondocks who understand the etiquette of locations without assigned sites that you'd be fine. But, don't despair if someone does take it, there are SO many perfect sites there.
Ridgekid
Box Elder, SD
28' Keystone Cougar
2016 GMC 2500HD
9 reviews

Answered on 12/25/2020:

I would respect a site that appeared to have someone coming back. I would take it as "They must of went to dump tanks and get water" Make sure you stake down you belongings. It can get windy out there on the cliff.
Gundog
Eureka, MO
35' Keystone Montana
Chevrolet Silverado
5 reviews

Answered on 12/25/2020:

Might work, but it’s all first come, first served. You might have someone might be right on top of you.
ColtarKDM
CO
22' Coachmen 192RBS
Ford F150
4 reviews

Answered on 12/25/2020:

I think that would be just fine as long as you had belongings staked out and take a small sign to pound into the ground with your message.
WhoKnowsWhere
33' Salem Travel Trailer
6 reviews

Answered on 12/25/2020:

I feel like this would work, personally I would respect that sign. Definitely stake the chairs down though because it can get very windy there.