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Old 03-16-2005, 02:27 AM   #1
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I would like to hear from forums members on Positive/Negative experiences with camping at BLM/Corps of Engineers sites. These are more prevalent in the West, so many members may have not experienced this yet. In Canyonlands NP, near Moab, UT, we wished we would have camped at Arches NP or "off the beaten path" to experience these sites (we stayed in a private CG). Alas, we experienced our 1st BLM CG in eastern Oregon at Chickahominy Reservoir last Oct on our way back to Corvallis, OR from Kansas. It was eeerie, fun, and different! I'm including some pics of our AS to document our experience as we woke up the following morning! We felt isolated, self contained and confident we could overcome the elements.....and we did!
Any similar experiences, helpful books, or photos of areas where we can repeat these experiences would be appreciated!

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Most BLM campgrounds (all in Wyoming) are primative, i.e. dry camp. They are in the most out of the way but great areas. Go to BLM.GOV, select a state and you can view each state's campgrounds.

We stayed in Arches NP Park last fall, a really beautiful park. It is a dry camp but has rest rooms and central water. Yes, it beat staying at a commercial park in Moab.

Now a simple question. How do you start a new thread on this forum?
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Other than Quartzite, Arizona......I haven't really heard of BLM land referred to as a Campground. There are impromto campsites scattered around tho. Cattle Ranchers lease it for dirt cheap as grazing grounds, BUT you can still camp there. Quite often there are cattle guards that you have to drive over to get on the land, and it looks like you are driving onto someones ranch. I have had to open gates to get in a few of them. It's public land. You can't build on it, and probably can't or shouldn't take plants.
Over the years campsites have developed in primo spots.
I have stayed at four with creeks ( just used the water for bathing )
I stayed at three with corals for campers with horses. Some of the sites were clearly there because of the view. No one person owns
them. But you should leave them in good shape for the regulars who
" arranged " them. I can say without a doubt....that the best campsites
in the country are free.....BUT.....no swimming pools, shuffle board, bathrooms, electricity, OR neighbors.
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Hi Jim,

Nice wintery pictures of your 22'. Are you still using it or is it awaiting sale?
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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Nice wintery pictures of your 22'. Are you still using it or is it awaiting sale?
Thanks Bob, I sold it last week to a couple from Petaluma, CA. They saw the ad on Airstream.com classifieds. They're moving up to the Portland, OR area in June. So I may see it around. It was a good unit...and we'll miss our 1st "twinky", but we think we'll be on the road more than we originally thought.....hence the 28' purchase. I hope to do some dry camping this summer and hope the 28 fits the bill with the solar + the Honda 3000 gen.

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Old 03-16-2005, 04:11 PM   #6
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Yes, it beat staying at a commercial park in Moab.

Now a simple question. How do you start a new thread on this forum?
Go to the forums site....then choose your topic....then click start a new thread, if you want to start a new topic....otherwise you can post a reply on an existing thread if it's similar in nature.

Thanks for the BLM.gov tip.....I'll check it out!

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Great! What kind of solar did you get? You'll be all set for "Boondocking"! I'm considering a panel myself.

Are you going to put your big red WBCCI numbers on your 28'? I haven't decided if I want to do it.
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I've camped in several BLM and forest service campgrounds. Most commercial campgrounds are not for me. In mid-February I camped on the Crooked River outside of Prineville, OR. Right on the river and we were the only ones there. There are several BLM campgrounds on the river in that area they are nice for a weekend camp. Also the high lakes outside of Bend, have numerous great Forest Service campgrounds. Most of these are primitive, which is the way I like it, how primitive can it be if you are in an Airstream?
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I would like to hear from forums members on Positive/Negative experiences with camping at BLM/Corps of Engineers sites. These are more prevalent in the West, so many members may have not experienced this yet. In Canyonlands NP, near Moab, UT, we wished we would have camped at Arches NP or "off the beaten path" to experience these sites (we stayed in a private CG). Alas, we experienced our 1st BLM CG in eastern Oregon at Chickahominy Reservoir last Oct on our way back to Corvallis, OR from Kansas. It was eeerie, fun, and different! I'm including some pics of our AS to document our experience as we woke up the following morning! We felt isolated, self contained and confident we could overcome the elements.....and we did!
Any similar experiences, helpful books, or photos of areas where we can repeat these experiences would be appreciated!

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I found a page you might like to look at for camp sites.
Its lists all site in an area. Try http://www.recreationmaps.gov
Might be close to what your'e loooking for.
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Great! What kind of solar did you get? You'll be all set for "Boondocking"! I'm considering a panel myself.

Are you going to put your big red WBCCI numbers on your 28'? I haven't decided if I want to do it.
Bob....it's the standard solar option package AS puts on at the factory....I think it's two 53W panels, but I may be mistaken.

No, I haven't put my numbers on yet either.....I'm looking at other mounting alternatives and still on the fence. Maybe after I go to a few rallies, I can get some ideas what other folks have done.

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I've camped in several BLM and forest service campgrounds. Most commercial campgrounds are not for me. In mid-February I camped on the Crooked River outside of Prineville, OR. Right on the river and we were the only ones there. There are several BLM campgrounds on the river in that area they are nice for a weekend camp. Also the high lakes outside of Bend, have numerous great Forest Service campgrounds. Most of these are primitive, which is the way I like it, how primitive can it be if you are in an Airstream?
Hey, those sound great! When I'm over in Central Oregon I'll check 'em out. I love to visit the high desert!

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Thanks Gary.......I like the interactive website! It's just the ticket I need

See ya in April!

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As an afterthought it is quite legal to camp on any and all BLM land, in addition to the established campgrounds. Some of the so-called campgrounds are often primative improvements made by hunters and outfitters and are actually in trespass. To legally camp over, one should leave a site as it was found.
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(snip) To legally camp over, one should leave a site as it was found.
Yes, I wish. Alas, when we drove through some of the BLM areas that folks have camped on near Moab, we found them to be trashed. It was really, really sad.

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