Looking for those ideal places to stay while you’re on the road? Do you prefer a campground with all the amenities you need or are you looking for the perfect boondock location to reconnect with Mother Nature? Either way — There’s an app for that.
Check out our list of camping locations apps, which were chosen based on their ratings by other campers.
(Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.) — The Recreation.gov mobile app is your on-the-go solution for reserving thousands of incredible camping destinations. Return to your favorite spot or discover a new one by searching for the campsite that’s right for you. Note: The current release does not support making reservations for permits, and day-use facilities or purchasing passes.
Benefit: The Recreation.gov app helps you find and book campsites, review location details for your trip, and quickly access information on existing camping and ticket reservations from almost anywhere.
Reviews: Apple 4.8 stars 77.2K Ratings | Google Play 4.4 stars 4,464 ratings
(RA Outdoors, LLC, d/b/a Aspira) — Use ReserveAmerica’s mobile app to search for available camp and RV sites, yurts, cabins and more in state, federal, and private parks and campgrounds across the U.S. Search by location, date, or amenities, and display search results on a map.
Benefit: Search for available campsites by multiple criteria, filter campgrounds and parks by site features and display search results on a map or in a list.
Reviews: Apple 4.8 stars 21.5K Ratings | Google Play 4.5 stars 1,526 total
The Dyrt: Tent & RV Camping
(The Dyrt) — Search 1 million+ campsites, reviews and tips submitted by campers like you for the best tent, RV and cabin sites across the US—Federal, national, state and county parks, private parks, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as well as KOA, Good Sam and Thousand Trails.
Benefit: Filter by your type of camping, save trips and request reservations.
Reviews: Apple 4.8 stars 19K Ratings | Google Play 4.9 stars 3,146 ratings
Pricing: Free (The Dyrt PRO is available as an annual subscription.)
(Harvest Hosts, LLC) — Instead of a box store parking lot, make memories with a unique and free RV experience! Our membership is a special opportunity to meet amazing entrepreneurs, enjoy delicious wine tastings, peek inside working farms, and behold awesome museum exhibits. Note: To participate, you need a qualified self-contained RV, as Host locations do not provide any hookups or services such as bathrooms. No tent-trailers, outdoor kitchens or tents of any kind are allowed.
Benefit: Enjoy RV camping at 1900+ locations: wineries, breweries, farms, museums, golf courses and unique attractions.
Reviews: Apple 4.8 stars 13.2K Ratings | Google Play 4.6 stars 385 ratings
Pricing: Free (Membership required)
FreeRoam — Boondocking & More
(FreeRoam Foundation) — Find the best free campsites to stay at, filtered by road difficulty, safety, cell signal, weather, crowdedness and more. The app includes free BLM and public land camping as well as overnight parking locations, with BLM, USFS and cell coverage map overlays.
Benefit: App includes nearby dump sites, fresh water, groceries, propane, gyms, showers, cell towers, etc., along with ability to view low clearance bridges and tunnels, for tall motorhomes and 5th wheels.
Reviews: Apple 4.9 stars, 12.3K ratings | Google Play 4.8 stars 4,026 ratings
Campendium — RV & Tent Camping
(Campendium, Inc.) — Campendium has tens of thousands of places to camp in US, Canada & Mexico, vetted by our team of full-time travelers and reviewed by our 350,000 plus members. Locations include national parks and forests, BLM, and state, county and city park campgrounds to RV parks, dispersed spots and free remote destinations, along with campground photos & reviews. The all-new iPad UI includes a split map/list view and loads of other layout improvements, making it even easier to use your iPad to find your next place to camp.
Benefit: App provides cell service reports (a big hit with reviewers!), and Campendium Supporters can now view high-quality overlays for all cell carriers and public lands.
Reviews: Apple 4.8 stars, 7.7K ratings
Pricing: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
(William Modesitt) — This app shows over 1,300 boondocking locations (and growing), most within the US, along with information about those sites and driving distance and time from your current location to your destination. Filter the locations by your requirements (toilet, water, etc.).
Benefits: No Internet is needed as the boondocking locations are contained with the app. Location data can be sent directly to developer’s Road Trip Planner app. View multiple map types such as Open Street Map and mark sites as Favorite locations. App includes local weather, nearby hiking and biking spots.
Reviews: Apple 4.6 stars, 6.2K ratings
Camp & RV — Tents to RV Parks
(Allstays LLC) —The most complete and popular camping app of all time allows you to find and filter places and services with or without internet, with data on device for speed and accessibility. The app has more than 34,000 campgrounds (US & Canada only)—tents, RV resorts and parking lots—as well as primitive hike-in/boat-in/rough road spots that other apps exclude, plus truck and rest stops, dump stations, supplies, RV service, and road grades and tunnels.
Benefits: One touch lets you check availability and book at over 4,500 public campgrounds. You can also filter the map by type and by over 30 amenities. The app lets you check NOAA Weather by GPS location and include quick resources for road conditions, emergencies and various state laws.
Reviews: Apple 4.6 stars, 3.3K ratings
Pricing: $9.99 one-time fee
Bonus Info—Dump Stations
Looking for a place to unload some “weight” collected during your travels? This app can help you locate nearby dump stations!
RV Dump Stations
(William Modesitt) — With 4.0 stars and 1.3K ratings, this app has more than 7,000 RV dump stations throughout the US. and Canada, including those at rest areas, truck stops, KOAs and more. Even better, the location database is included with the app, so all locations are visible when offline. You can filter by type of location, display the route from your location and the selected RV dump station, and see the dump stations in list view for easy searching.
Apple — $0.99