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Offline BikeFreak

Dispersed camping on BLM Land and State/National Forests?
« on: June 22, 2023, 01:48:00 pm »
Hi,

When following the ACA maps, does anyone have some tips on how to assess if one is passing through BLM Land or a State Forest or a National Forest where dispersed camping is generally permitted?

Basically knowing what type of land you are passing through so it's possible to crash for a few hours in a tent not far from a highway. Can it be assessed right on the road or do you need to check online?

Lucas

Offline jamawani

Re: Dispersed camping on BLM Land and State/National Forests?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2023, 09:10:20 pm »
Yeah - -
This website:
https://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6f0da4c7931440a8a80bfe20eddd7550

BLM lands generally allow dispersed camping, but many areas have strict fire regulations.
Also, the BLM leases lands for grazing and minerals which may involve additional restrictions.
The most important thing - leave any gate as you found it - if open, leave open; if closed, leave closed.

USFS lands generally allow dispersed camping if you are more than 1/4 to 1/2 mile from a developed site.
Areas of high use - such as around Jackson or Aspen - are completely closed to dispersed camping.
Fire risk can also result in full closures of USFS lands.

Dispersed camping is generally not permitted on state lands.
Nearly all state lands have a statutory requirement to produce income for schools.
Thus, state leases tend to preclude camping use.
Some states do permit camping, but require registration & fees.

Offline bik3rd00d@yahoo.com

Re: Dispersed camping on BLM Land and State/National Forests?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2023, 05:56:10 pm »
Yeah - -
This website:
https://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6f0da4c7931440a8a80bfe20eddd7550

BLM lands generally allow dispersed camping, but many areas have strict fire regulations.
Also, the BLM leases lands for grazing and minerals which may involve additional restrictions.
The most important thing - leave any gate as you found it - if open, leave open; if closed, leave closed.

USFS lands generally allow dispersed camping if you are more than 1/4 to 1/2 mile from a developed site.
Areas of high use - such as around Jackson or Aspen - are completely closed to dispersed camping.
Fire risk can also result in full closures of USFS lands.

Dispersed camping is generally not permitted on state lands.
Nearly all state lands have a statutory requirement to produce income for schools.
Thus, state leases tend to preclude camping use.
Some states do permit camping, but require registration & fees.


I'll add that you should inspect a locked gate to see exactly how its chained.  Been chewed out once for not replacing chain exactly how I found it.   I simply locked the gate, which wasn't good enough for the rancher that had horses get out on occasion.   Ever since ... I lock gates exactly the same way I find them.   Well, normally I find gates locked with a chain and catch.