Boondocking along America’s Byways


By Dave Helgeson

America’s Byways is a great website for RVers and is especially useful for those of us that boondock in the western United States. The website lists National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads across America. The website offers a wealth of information to the traveling public featuring the archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities available along each designated route. By clicking on one of the Byways you will receive a listing of all the things to see and do along the route as well as suggested itineraries, distance and travel times. Links for each attraction are provided for those wishing to learn more.

outback scenic byway
Outback Scenic Byway — Helgeson

Since the majority of western byways meander through portions of public land, boondocking is quite often an option while traveling these byways with an RV. Sidebar links list the public land agency administering the land and quickly take you to their website, where with a little research you can locate their “dispersed camping” aka boondocking guidelines. It truly is one-stop shopping for the active boondocker. Give it a try when planning your next RV outing.





  1. Whats the best way to find a source for water for my fresh water tank when boon docking? I”ve found a few in state parks here in AZ but seems mostly hap-hazard. Are they listed anywhere?

    • Tom, there is no list that I know. You just have to look around. That’s what I have always done. –Chuck

    • Hi, MsM,
      Thanks for writing. Not sure what the problem is. If you’re referring to the link not working, I just clicked on the link in the “blurb” in the newsletter itself and then in the actual article, and they both worked for me. Then I checked a code to see how many readers have clicked on that link, and there have been more than 300 readers who have used the link today with no other complaints. Sorry you’re having trouble with it. But if you’re referring to the highways on the site being “dead,” I don’t think so, since it’s a current website maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation. 😉 Diane

      • The link is broken on the FHA website itself. Search for “Americas Byways” on Google then enter via a subsidiary page.

        • Thank you for your input, Larry. I’ve tried what you suggested (Googled “Americas Byways” and clicked on several different options via and all the links worked for me. We’ve now had almost 400 clicks on the link with just two comments about problems getting to the website, so I’m not sure what’s going on. I don’t know that much about computers, but wonder if it could possibly be something with an individual computer or operating system? Sorry. Diane

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