I am completely new to this experience and have a few questions about location, location, location.

I am on my way to phoenix and plan to hammock camp all the way up to salt lake city. I have called ahead to a few national parks and state parks and the rangers I have spoken to have no idea what I am talking about when I ask if I am permitted to hammock camp. Some have said, it is mandatory that we use a designated campsite, etc. Other park rangers have said that we cannot park our car overnight without being in a campsite, etc.

How do I go about finding places that will allow me to hammock camp out in the forest like I see so many of you all do? What permits are you getting? Where do you park you vehicles? And any other information would be incredibly helpful.