As a proud taxpaying citizen of the United States, it isn’t often that I feel my tax dollars have gone towards anything productive. Things like deteriorating infrastructure, awful public transit, or DMV wait times are all great examples of the terrible value our tax dollars yield. However, there is one area that the United States excels at: our national park system.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the agency responsible for managing all the federally owned land in our country. Virtually all of their properties are located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. This land is used for mountain biking, trail running, fishing, horseback riding, mining, camping, and more.
Before we begin, it’s important to distinguish the two types of camping: dispersed camping and campground camping. The latter is what most of us are most familiar with. Campgrounds are often maintained by a private company or individual and offer a host of amenities in exchange for a small fee. For RV campers, it’s usually their only option. Dispersed camping is camping anywhere outside of these campgrounds — often deep in the heart of the BLM land. There are no paved roads, restrooms, water fountains, campfire rings, picnic areas, or other amenities. It’s just you and nature.
The Bureau of Land Management lets you camp on any of their land for up to 14 days. Just hike in, setup camp, and enjoy. It’s that simple! Even if the land is being used for grazing or mining, you’re still allowed. In fact, you can even cross private properties to access BLM land. Talk about government immunity!