Amazing camping spots are found on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) undeveloped public lands. BLM camping is a highlight for any outdoor enthusiast looking to enjoy the great outdoors. BLM lands offer a variety of RVing and camping for those looking for adventure. From fully developed campsites to true boondocking and dry camping the BLM lands have it all.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was established in 1946, but its roots go back to the years after America’s independence, when the young nation began acquiring additional lands. At first, these lands were used to encourage homesteading and westward migration. The General Land Office was created in 1812 to support this national goal.
Over time, values and attitudes regarding public lands shifted, and President Harry S. Truman, by means of a government reorganization, merged the GLO and another agency, the U.S. Grazing Service, creating the BLM. The BLM manages for multiple use across regions and landscapes through environmentally responsible development; promoting conservation through shared stewardship; making America safe through effective border management; promoting jobs on working landscapes; and serving the American family – which includes being good neighbors and recognizing traditional uses of public lands (i.e., hunting, fishing, and other recreational opportunities including RVing).
You may already be familiar with BLM land destinations. Some of the BLM destinations include: Mojave Trails National Monument, San Juan National Forest, Valley of the Gods, and Red Rock Canyon.
The BLM has over 400 campgrounds which almost all are suitable for RV camping. The BLM website will get you to the info on its BLM campgrounds. You are also able to purchase official travel maps for each BLM area you are planning to visit. Detailed maps (check out either Benchmark Recreation Atlas or DeLorme Atlas & Gazetter) will show you a relief road section and a recreation section, so any RVer will be able to locate campsites and roads that their RV can access. The BLM has long term visitor areas (LTVA) that are a major destination for RV camping. Typically, RVers can only stay in BLM lands for up to 14 days, but LTVA permits are available for either 30 days or 90 days. These campsites hold thousands of RVers every year.
You can reserve (if applicable) campsites on BLM land on recreation.gov which allows you to search for outdoor activities on public lands. BLM campgrounds are listed with a link and campground descriptions.
Learn more about the Bureau of Land Management here and discover our public lands!