WHAT ARE BLM CAMPGROUNDS?
Inexpensive and remote camping opportunities are found on BLM, Bureau of Land Management. In comparison with national conservation areas and developed campgrounds, BLMs are undeveloped public lands that offer disperse camping options for those seeking solitude. Offering a variety of RVing and camping sites, BLMs can be either fully-developed parks to legit boondocking and dry camping experiences.
What is BLM?
The Bureau of Land Management monitors more than 240 million of acres and has over 400 campgrounds located in the United States. While most of these sites are located in the Western and Midwest United States, some camping lands are also available in more remote places.
BLM camping 101
In terms of camping, BLM camprounds are primitive: they often include a picnic table, a fire ring and may (or may not) offer restrooms or potable water source. They are available on a first come, first serve basis, which means you may not always find a spot when arriving late a night.
If most of these lands don't have an attendant or ranger, camping fees (when applicable) are deposited in a collection box at the entrance of the site. Most of these campgrounds, though, charge no fees.
Finally, dispersed camping is allowed for up to 14 days on most BLM land. Two weeks: that's plenty of time for you to visit an area!
How to reserve your BLM campground?
To reserve your BLM campsite, visit Recreation.gov. From the results page, BLM campgrounds are listed by area. Each campground includes a brief description of amenities and details of reservation. An interactive map also allows you to check available campsites and to reserve your spot with an online payment system.
Best camping apps and websites
Forest Service Roads
Now this is cool! The Forest Service publishes a variety of maps with an online view of roads, trails, recreations sites, wilderness areas and wild & scenir rivers to help you plan your next adventure. Simply unbeatable!
Hipcamp helps you search, discover and book ranches, farm, vineyards, nature preserves and public sites for camping across th U.S. A website to add to your bookmark and an iPhone app to download ASAP.
Whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip, Free Campsites got you covered. All you need is your smart phone's GPS to find camping near you or even use their trip planner feature to plan your route.
iOverlander is a free site (and iPhone app) created to help overlanders on the road find their next destination. It invites its users to submit, amend and find information about places that are essential for the act of overlanding.
Now that all this has been said, you ready to camp? Pack your bags, rent your Campervan and buckle up!
See you on the road!