Friday, December 8, 2023


Take your RV on the road less traveled


By Bob Difley

Many of America’s most scenic drives wind across and through remote public lands, such as our national forests (NF) and land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Though not receiving the same publicity as our National Parks and Monuments, the National Scenic Byways (NSB) and the especially notable All-American Roads are mostly low-traveled, two-lane roads that showcase historic, scenic, and cultural treasures that define America.

But since they are often remote, you sometimes cannot find private campgrounds with typical amenities, such as hook-ups, along the way and unfortunately may have to cover the whole route in one shot — from a RV resort at one end to one at the other. Unless, of course, you have honed your boondocking skills and are comfortable camping either in primitive (no hook-ups) government campgrounds or boondocking in the open forest.

These skills enable you to take your time, stopping often, even for a couple of days at a nice forested campsite, and exploring the area more fully. Some have hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, scenic overlooks and hot springs you would have to skip if you weren’t able to boondock along their routes — or spend time and fuel driving in and out of the forest from a developed campground at its extremities.

Scenic drives like Idaho’s Payette River NSB follow wild and scenic rivers where you can spend a few hours or a couple days rafting the exciting rapids with a river rafting outfitter, or stay a couple days in a forest service campground along the Salmon River within walking distance to hot springs that flow through bathing pools and into the river.

At the National Scenic Byways Program’s Website you can request a free map and guide to the 150 scenic byways to help plan your summer adventures.

You can find Bob Difley’s RVing e-books on Amazon Kindle.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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Billy Bob Thorton (@guest_10155)
6 years ago

Back in error mode. Wonder why? Anybody having better luck. July 24th.

RV Staff
6 years ago

Hi, Billy Bob,
We’re sorry you’re having problems getting into that article. There was one other comment, on July 8, saying they got an Error code also, but nothing other than that and your two recent comments. I just clicked on the article and it looked fine to me. Here’s the link to that article: I wonder if you click on it from here, if you can get into it. And it’s odd that you’re able to post your comments below the article even though you’re getting an Error code. If this link doesn’t work, I’m not sure what’s going on. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. 🙁 —Diane at

Joe Call (@guest_10072)
6 years ago

Great suggestion. But I couldn’t find a place on the referenced website to get a brochure for the entire US although there were links to each state’s opportunities. Did I miss something? Thanks!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_10042)
6 years ago

It’s up and running on Saturday afternoon 3:pm Pacific time.

Billy Bob Thorton (@guest_9943)
6 years ago

Website in error mode, any clue why?

John Karlson (@guest_9301)
6 years ago

Web site was on error mode.

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