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    • #30150
      Coly Hope
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      Could someone tell me the difference between BLM land and National Forest land and how it affects camping?

    • #30200
      Dumb Mick
      Participant

      Here’s a good start:

      Boondocking (“free camping”) – How to find free RV campsites

      It’s good to be a n00b - so I can aspire to be just stoopid.

      Monrovia, CA

    • #30210
      Coly Hope
      Participant

      That was very informative. Thank you.

    • #30252
      Kyle Banerjee
      Participant

      As someone who has camped extensively in these areas (albeit as a backcountry traveler on foot), I’d emphasize the advice in the article to check in ranger station.

      In general, anyone who observes leave no trace practices will find they can do anything within reason. It’s highly worthwhile to call up whoever maintains or works in the area — I even do this for areas I know well as conditions can change rapidly which can cause new opportunities/challenges to pop up quickly.

    • #30375
      Don
      Participant

      As someone who has camped extensively in these areas (albeit as a backcountry traveler on foot), I’d emphasize the advice in the article to check in ranger station.
      In general, anyone who observes leave no trace practices will find they can do anything within reason. It’s highly worthwhile to call up whoever maintains or works in the area — I even do this for areas I know well as conditions can change rapidly which can cause new opportunities/challenges to pop up quickly.

      Ohhh wow, some of the BLM areas (Table Mesa) N of Phoenix looks like a garbage DUMP. Been there many times and it only gets worse every time.

      This is the last known pic of the Charles Manson hide out in Death Valley, it was vandalized and burnt to the ground within about 2 hrs after I took the pic around 3:30 in the afternoon. There was no need for that.

      Don
      US Army Retired
      2019 F 350 CC-LB King Ranch
      Hill Country of Texas

    • #31169
      Chuck
      Participant

      When checking out any National Forest land, we stop by the local USFS Ranger Station and obtain Motor Vehicle Use Maps. They are indispensable in providing all sorts of info, including areas where dispersed camping is, and isn’t allowed. All NF road numbers are listed. Always check with the rangers as to the condition, and suitability of roads for your rig.

      These maps are available in all NF’s, even in the east. If nothing else you might find some fun Mt. bike roads/trails.

      2012 F350, 6.7L SRW
      2015 Alaskan 8.5 Cabover

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