Rvs parked by a lake, at a campground.

When it comes to camping, knowing the difference between dispersed, dry camping, and glamping can really save you a lot of trouble. There is a big difference that will help you choose where you want to stay depending on whether you want a luxurious stay or a more challenging but free stay, and whether you want to be around other campers or fully alone in nature.

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed Camping is camping anywhere that is not a campground on public land, usually in National Forests or anywhere in the Bureau of Land Management. This means no facilities at all, no trash removal, no restrooms, no fire pits, no tables, nothing. This type of camping is definitely for the people who want to do it all and get the full experience of being engulfed in nature. This type of camping allows for more time alone than the other two and you are more likely to have an encounter with wildlife. Some might get spooked in this scenario, but some absolutely love it.

Dry Camping

Dry camping, or boondocking, is known as camping in an RV or trailer with no hookups. Meaning no running water and no electricity. Dry camping is essentially just camping with no hookups, sometimes on campgrounds and sometimes on public lands but sometimes on private lands with the permission of the owner. This type of camping is for people who want to get in nature but not completely abandon their societal norms. Some consider this the most basic type of camping, if you’re doing it on a campsite you’ll have everything you need while ditching some of the stuff you take for granted.


This word is a combination of the words “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping. This type of camping is for the types of people who want all that nature has to offer, without giving up their cozy homes. There is no singular way to go glamping, most traditional tent and sleeping bag campers consider owning a trailer or RV glamping. Glamping includes having everything in your RV hooked up making it the most comfortable. The idea of glamping basically means you bring whatever you want, overpacking does not exist and your wants are a need.

Knowing these types of RV camping is good before you go out to ensure you have the best experience in your home away from home. If you have any questions feel free to call us at (719) 596-2716 and we’ll be happy to help. Make sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram and give us a follow!

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