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Old 05-20-2015, 09:46 AM   #1
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Boondocking and Public Lands (BLM)

Any of you Airstreamers found any good sources, apps, etc for navigation to and discovery of BLM lands for boondocking? I'd like to try boondocking in the middle of nowhere and am looking for a good source of info for planning.


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Old 05-20-2015, 09:55 AM   #2
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Apps and the web

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USFS and BLM Campgrounds

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Old 05-20-2015, 09:56 AM   #3
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Also, RVSueandcrew.net does a lot of boondocking.
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Here is an example of what is available from the BLM (this happens to be the Monticello, Utah office):

Travel Plan Maps 11" by 17"

Note that you can access their entire web site, which has all kinds of useful information and suggestions for travel. Each state's district offices have equally valuable information.

BUT ALWAYS CALL before you go. Many of the roads shown are not passable with travel trailers, especially when wet!! The BLM staff are very helpful in suggesting appropriate roads and things for you to see and do, especially in your case, as you wish to get off the beaten track. There is much in southern Utah, western Colorado, and Wyoming and Nevada for you.
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Your best information will come directly from the BLM itself. Start at the website: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html Pick the state you want to go to, find the appropriate field office, and get a map. Once you figure out approximately where you want to go, contact the appropriate field office (FO) and ask for the Recreation Specialist (Rec specialist). It is their job to provide info to the public (most offices have a Rec Specialist, but not all). Ask them about dispersed camping opportunities. Don't call it boondocking; they may not be familiar with that term. Most Rec Specialists I've worked with are highly personable and are happy to help.

If you want to dig further, go to the individual FO Resource Management Plan (RMP). You can usually find it on their website. They will define the dispersed camping regulations and areas that may be closed to dispersed camping.

By the way, I work for the BLM, but cannot speak in an official manner.
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some great wisdom here, and timely for me....many thanks!
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I am very interested in this thread. Will keep a watch on it.
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Thank you all for the fabulous information!
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:13 PM   #9
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The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, produces "Motor Vehicle Use Maps" for its National Forests, and clearly marks on them where you can do dispersed camping (as they call it).
Go to this web page:
Maps | US Forest Service
...then search for "Motor Vehicle Use Maps" and then go to the links underneath.
You can view the maps online or get them free from Ranger stations. Maps are listed according to States.
Hope that helps.
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We're presently camped at Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM. I might add that this is a terrific campground. I noticed some BLM land as we drove into the campgrounds but the roads in looked really rough. Is this what you can expect at most BLM Lands or does it differ at each. I would not want to drive my AS down the roads I saw.
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Good info. Thank you
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We're presently camped at Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM. I might add that this is a terrific campground. I noticed some BLM land as we drove into the campgrounds but the roads in looked really rough. Is this what you can expect at most BLM Lands or does it differ at each. I would not want to drive my AS down the roads I saw.
The quality of the road on BLM surface will vary according to the designated use. If the purpose of the road is recreation access for the general public, it'll probably be maintained and in reasonable condition. If it is for large oil field equipment, it'll probably be very good due to safety concerns. If it's for a grazing lessee to chase cows, It might be barely passable. Of coarse your deffinition of a good road and mine might be very different.

Keep in mind that we're just coming out of winter. A lot of maintenance isn't done until things dry out.
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It might seem like a primitive concept, but old fashioned maps are a great start. BLM field offices are a wealth of maps, info, and personal experiences!

I love technology, but lately as I reach my kids how to use maps, I'm rediscovering how much I really love the feel if paper. The Internet is then a supplement.
If you're looking for a great off grid experience, look to the free BLM land around Quartzsite. If you get there before the peak season, you'll have endless space, lots to see, and great weather. Plenty of places to service your unit and re provision. During off season you can stay literally as long as you like. The rangers get a little mire firm as the masses arrive!
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Our only real concern for "dispersed camping" sites is whether we can safely tow our trailer there and back. Our truck has far more capability in this regard than our trailer with its low belly pans and dangling rear end.

From the sources listed above, have you gotten reliable information that doesn't leave the trailer stranded on a rock, suspended over a gully, or at the end of a long narrow road with no way out other than backing up a mile or two? Any of these "adventure opportunities" would pretty much ruin an outing.
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