Off grid camping in Western US

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by lancekedric, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. lancekedric

    lancekedric Monkey

    I'm planning a month-long camp with my friends in the Western United States area. Can anyone suggest a nice place for us to go? We love adventure so much!
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Anywhere in the Dinosaur National Monument area.
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  3. lancekedric

    lancekedric Monkey

    Thanks ghirt! Do you know of any areas we are allowed to stay for a month and be completely remote? I would like to take a small camper and generator.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I do not know what's in the area these days, it was over 30 years ago I was there. Might be a lot of changes, but the scenery is apt to be to your liking.
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming area..... Yellowstone is a DayTrip as is the Teton Wilderness Area, The Museum in Cody is close, and then there is the Upper Snake River, just west on the Idaho side of the boarder. Some of the BEST River and Lake fishing in the world, in that country, up on the Madison, and Yellowstone. Pond's Lodge is a great place to visit.
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  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Most accessible areas are either controlled by BLM, the State, some municipal utility, the U.S. Forest Service or the Timber Company that leases the land from them. You might find a spot where you would go undetected for a week or two but eventually someone with a badge will want to know who you are and what you are doing in the forest.
  7. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

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  8. gundog10

    gundog10 Monkey++

    You are allowed to stay at any given spot in the national forest (that allows camping) for two weeks then you are required to relocate. Depending on how remote you travel and how popular the area is , the more/less likely you will run into a forest ranger. My best advise would be to reserve a spot at a campground then go exploring without your camper until you find a great camping site. Stop in and talk to the local forest ranger district and ask them for recommendations.
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  9. lancekedric

    lancekedric Monkey

    Thank you so much for your suggestions... I'll share this to my friends. I'm sure our camping adventure would be so much fun :)
  10. lancekedric

    lancekedric Monkey

  11. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    My favorite are the san juan mts, try to get there as much as possible. Not too crowded and lots of fun to be had, great mt biking and fishing.

    edit: the san juans are in the southwest corner of Colorado, around the Durango area
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2015
  12. lancekedric

    lancekedric Monkey

    By the way, are we allowed to bring generator? I'm planning to convert it to propane, I've researched it produce lesser noise than diesel.
  13. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    You can bring the Pope in the popemobile with a full marching band if you want to. It's America! Just be mindful, do whatever the guys with badges say (and this varies all the time, one would think they make stuff up as they go along) or they might murder you and blame you for it somehow. Have a nice trip!
  14. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    If noise is the only reason to convert it, just a better muffler would do. You will also lose power by running off of propane. Besides. Propane and diesel may not convert easily. (Talk with @BTPost on that one).
    I would suggest an online check of the park rules before going, or check with the park rangers.
    As for the cynic above, don't worry. The rangers only shoot mayby 1 in 10, so you should be fine. Have fun.
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  15. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Look around for a "Medical Grade" Muffler.... Those are the best. Propane has less BTUs per weight than gasoline, but most Gensets that are capable for being converted, have enough Basic HorsePower that the difference isn't significant at their Rated Load. BTUs per volume for Genset TriFuel Setups are like this. Gasoline 100%, Propane 90%, Natural Gas 85%.
  16. lancekedric

    lancekedric Monkey

    Thanks kellory and BTPost, I'll consider your suggestions.
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