19 Beautiful Front Yards Across The American West That Don’t Cost You A Penny

Just south of Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Just south of Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Throughout our 4+ months of traveling across Western America this year, we have found some beautiful places to rest our wings. Developed campgrounds cost anywhere from $10-$40/night and that adds up quick! All of these campsites shown here may take a little effort to find but are free and legal! When you are constantly on the move like we are, it is always a relief to find a cozy campsite. Exploring takes a lot of work, so we like to sleep tight.

We’ve compiled our favorite front yard views from across America to prove that a rent-free life truly can exist!

We recently spilled our secrets writingΒ Travel America on a Budget with 4 Easy Tips, use it!Β There are free, public lands all across the U.S. just asking for an epic adventure where any soul can fill their lungs with fresh air and their hearts with the love for a life meant to be lived!

Lower Paintbrush Canyon - Grand Teton National Park, WY
Lower Paintbrush Canyon in Grand Teton National Park, WY.
Just outside Springdale, UT near Zion National Park
Just outside Springdale, UT near Zion National Park.
Near Flagstaff, AZ
Near Flagstaff, AZ (it snowed in May).
Moose, WY
Moose, WY. We lived here in our tent for 2 months while working in Jackson, WY.
Near Sedona, AZ
Near Sedona, AZ.
Just outside Sinks Canyon State Park, WY.
Just outside Sinks Canyon State Park, WY.

Many people have gone camping and sacrificed their plush bed and fluffy comforter for the hard, cold ground for a night or two relishing in a nylon roof, campfire meals and fresh air. For most of those folks, their bed back at home is waiting. For us, that hard, cold ground is our bed and home for as long as we can see. We’re not destitute, we’ve chosen this way of life because it’s better than anything else we know!

Seclusion near Zion National Park, UT
Seclusion near Zion National Park, UT.
Southwest UT, 30 miles away from any known establishment in the middle of no where
Southwest UT, 30 miles away from any known establishment in the middle of no where.
Just south of the Grand Canyon, AZ
Just south of Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
Just north of Moab, UT
Creating a Zen Garden north of Moab, UT.
Just outside Gardiner, MT
Outside Gardiner, MT near Yellowstone National Park.
South of Sedona, AZ
South of Sedona, AZ.

What we’ve learned is that it’s okay to not have a steady job, it’s okay to not have a home, and it’s okay to break away from the social norm to do whatever strokes your fancy! For us, exploring this beautiful world and seeking adventure is what we do best!

San Rafael Swell, UT
San Rafael Swell, UT.
Camping Paradise - No neighbors for as far as we can see or hear. Outside Nederland, CO.
Camping Paradise – No neighbors for as far as we can see or hear. Outside Nederland, CO.
Outside Canyonlands National Park, UT
Canyonlands National Park, UT.
Wild Iris, WY.
Wild Iris, WY.
Near Sand Cove Reservoir, SW Utah
Near Sand Cove Reservoir, Southwest UT.

Both Alex and I have worked respectable jobs enjoying the niceties of a modern day lifestyle. We’ve enjoyed going out to eat, sampling exotic cuisine, staying in luxurious hotels and spent our money frivolously because we knew we had a paycheck coming every 2 weeks. Let me tell you, folks, the way we’re living now brings us more joy than any salary or luxurious lifestyle could! If you’ve been bit by the travel bug and are hesitant to make the leap, readΒ 3 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Travel!

Dusk in Grand Teton National Park, WY
Dusk in Grand Teton National Park, WY

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller


103 thoughts on “19 Beautiful Front Yards Across The American West That Don’t Cost You A Penny

      1. It really seems that way, I’m desperate to do a big long thru-hike like the PCT or AT but its just getting to the US (from England) that takes the effort! For now I’ll make do with the gorgeous scenery/wilderness in Wales and Scotland πŸ™‚

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  1. you guys are amazing. We wish we can do that somewhere in the UK but then again, we may just need to research. Living the dream guys. Keep it up.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ hmmm yeah we are have not looked into traveling the UK like we do the US but I’m sure there are plenty of possibilities.. have you looked into couch surfing? Or getting a van and living out of that?

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      1. Thanks so much for the advice, we have been thinking about getting a van next year when we come back from Asia and traveling Europe. Hey good luck with the travels and thanks again!

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  2. I am trying to build up the courage to go camping in a tent. My kids both do scouts and go camping a bit but I didn’t grow up doing much camping and I have some health and mobility issues but I would like to find my wings and it would mean so much to the kids. Whenever I extend myself and I’ve been skiing so I do step out there, I love it. It’s just taking the proverbial first step. xx Rowena

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