What is Bureau of Land Management (BLM)? - Native Campervans

What is Bureau of Land Management (BLM)?

Bureau of Land Management Camping

Inexpensive and remote camping opportunities are found here: Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 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. 

Bureau of Land Management

What is BLM?

The Bureau of Land Management monitors more than 240 million 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 is primitive: they often include a picnic table, and a fire ring and may (or may not) offer restrooms or potable water sources. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, which means you may not always find a spot when arriving late a night.  

If the land does not have an attendant or ranger, then you will dispose of your camping fee (when applicable) in a collection box at the entrance of the site. Most of these campgrounds, though, charge no fees. 

Finally, you’re able to do up to 14 days on most BLM land. Two weeks: that’s plenty of time for you to visit an area! 

Camping in Colorado - Bureau of Land Management

How to reserve your BLM campground?

To reserve your BLM campsite, visit Recreation.gov. You can do this by viewing the list BLM campgrounds that are on the results page. Each campground includes a brief description of amenities and details of the reservation. An interactive map also allows you to check available campsites and 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, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers to help you plan your next adventure. Simply unbeatable!  


Hipcamp helps you search, discover, and book ranches, farms, vineyards, nature preserves, and public sites for camping across the U.S. A website to add to your bookmark and an iPhone app to download ASAP. 

Free Campsites

Free Campsites are the best, whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip. All you need is your smartphone’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. 

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