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Old 08-14-2015, 01:47 PM   #15
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Narrow down the area where you want to camp and search that area and boondocking. Use Google Maps and/or Acme Mapper 2.1
Half the fun from my point of view is doing some armchair research in those long winter months, while the trailer is winterized, searching for those ideal spots to camp, hike and explore.
Check out blogs or websites of other fellow travelers, like Wheelingit Master Campground Map – Wheeling It
Buy a good atlas of the area you are planning on visiting like Benchmark Maps & Atlases

Visit the website of the area your are planning on camping whether it be, BLM, National Forest or State Forest.

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Old 08-14-2015, 02:39 PM   #16
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:23 PM   #17
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I thought this blog post was a useful how to:

Boondocking For Newbies Part I -> Finding Where To Go – Wheeling It

And Campendium is a good boondock resource, getting better all the time.

Have fun!
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Old 08-14-2015, 05:33 PM   #18
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Here's how I do it.

I have a business that finds and buys "inholdings" in National Forest, Parks or Wilderness. During my searches I've found a good, but complicated, answer to the question posed in this discussion as follows:

1. Having more experience with National Forests I'd point you there first for several reasons that could make this Comment too long. Go to any National Forests website and look for their "Travel Management" tab;

2. Once you bring up a particular NF's Travel Management map you'll be both lost and found. By that I mean you won't have a clue where to "camp" unless you turn that map into a scouting expedition without your Airstream being attached. Park it in the local Forest Ranger's parking lot or some place he recommends and if you have the skills and common sense necessary for a search, you'll find so many places to camp by yourself that you'll be overwhelmed.

3. Unless you are a lawyer or read fine print for a living, you'll get frustrated with all the map's "fine print", but that's where you find out where "in general" you can camp. By "in general" I mean within a certain distance of a legal "Travel Management" road.

4. As an example, the forest in which I live has a Travel Management map that has a huge list of "Dispersed Camping" locations. It shows you on the map where you can camp within 150' to 300' of one or both sides of a Forest Service road. Additional requirements such as season, etc will be applicable to particular locations.

5. The District Ranger and/or helpful staff can probably tell from talking to you where they would suggest you scout/go. They know their forests and generally, people, very well.

6. Caution is as applicable to this adventure as is the condition of you and/or your equipment. Let me end by saying this ... the peace and quiet you seek can be found, but so too you'll find there are no "witnesses" or immediate help. As beautiful as our country and the public lands we all own are they contrast with the full range of people that exist. Good people, bad people. I'd not go into a strange forest alone unless you can protect yourself and loved ones from the possibilities for danger we see nightly on the news.

Sorry to have ended on such a negative note. To do otherwise would do you and yours a disservice.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:29 PM   #19
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Excellent information, ShyAnn!

Thank you for taking the time to make this post.

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Old 08-14-2015, 07:32 PM   #20
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Maybe this is obvious, but I thought it might be useful to note that the BLM has developed campgrounds as well as dispersed camping. Some areas have strict rules regarding dispersed camping -- for example, the Wedge in Utah's San Rafael Swell has designated dispersed sites, and all other camping is prohibited. 10 years ago, you could camp wherever you wanted. So, as others have noted, contacting the field office is your best bet for accurate information.

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Great advice from all!
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:45 PM   #22
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Good dispersed camping resource

You might take a look at the website "frugal rv"

The site is managed by Marianne Edwards, a Boondocker with over 12 years of experience.

For a small price she provides a series of e-books that can easily be downloaded to your computer, smart phone, etc. The e-books are as follows:

(1) Basic Boondocking
(2) California, the Desert and Eastern Sierra
(3) California, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Coast
(4) New Mexico
(5) Texas
(6) Southern Utah

The information contained in the e-books is extremely informative about each dispersed camping area including directions and coordinates for your GPS. You can then Google Earth the coordinates for an overview of the site and the best way to get there.

All of the e-books can be downloaded for a total of five times. I downloaded the original to my home computer for research purposes i.e. Google Earth, etc.

I downloaded a version of each book to our two tablets and then to a thumb drive for any other application. I believe the cost for all six e-books is about $69.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:57 AM   #23
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campendium must be an iphone app.
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Join, support and post...then maybe it will be an app!
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:23 PM   #25
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BLM is primarily in the extraction business and many sites are land locked and can not be accessed easily. There are lots of BLM camping sites around around Silverton CO. However, BLM property south of highway 160 is difficult to access due to private property and the Southern Ute reservation. As others have said, get a map and call the nearest BLM office
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55 View Post
I've read threads about taking Airstreams to BLMs but no hint as to how to find the sites. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!
Really, the only part needing a little research is to determine which is the BLM District where you want to go. The BLM has regional offices all around the western states. Once you find their website and zero in on your desired district U.S. Bureau of Land Management in California - America's Great Outdoors (for California) its website will often indicate their (lightly) developed campgrounds, and dispersed camping areas. We've used a few of their CGs in Utah, and a BLM campground typically requires you to bring all your own water. Moab, Monticello, and Price, Utah have BLM district offices in Utah, for example.

If the district website does not have a map of camping sites, they will have a phone number. Call them up, ask if they have a recreation specialist you can talk to-- or just anybody who answers the phone. These aren't big offices. They can tell you not only about camping, but also about local dirt and gravel road conditions. The BLM lists a lot of campsites where we wouldn't think of hauling an AS. They are more for the jeep and 4-wheeler crowd. Fire conditions in the West this summer are another thing to inquire about in advance.

Theoretically you can camp anywhere on BLM land not posted to the contrary; but a lot of the land isn't ideal for camping.

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