Ashley National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

I couldn’t find the MVUMs on the official website, so I called a ranger district and asked the ranger who answered. While I was there I verified some of the rules.

  • Dispersed camping is allowed within ANF, but only in areas designated by the MVUMs or in designated Dispersed Camping areas.
  • Time limit: 16 days in a 30 day period, after which you have to move 5 miles away.
  • Do not leave any equipment unsupervised for more than 72 hours.
  • Camp within 150 feet of the road in Utah, and within 300 feet of the road in Wyoming.
  • No dispersed camping within 1/4 mile of any developed campground, boat ramp, guard station, or visitor center.

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland

Arapaho NF, Roosevelt NF, and Pawnee NG are all grouped together in the USFS website; but do not be confused: They are not in the same place.

Dispersed Camping Rules

  • Time limit: 14 consecutive days, after which you must move 3 miles
  • Time limit: 28 total days in any 60-day period
  • No dispersed camping at developed trailheads or picnic sites
  • USFS Land is interspersed with private land; watch for signs and check your MVUMs.
  • “Some” areas only allow camping at designated sites.

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Apalachicola National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules

  • Dispersed Camping is allowed in Apalachicola, but not during “general gun season“. The specific dates of the general gun season depend on the location; see the link.
  • No dispersed camping within 100 feet of any water source.
  • Time limit: 14 days per month (applies to all NFs in Florida)

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Angelina National Forest

Angelina is a bit complicated due to their extended camping rule and their hunting season rule.

Dispersed Camping rules:

  • I couldn’t find some of these details, so I had to email the forest supervisor:
    • Dispersed camping is allowed, but not during hunting season.
    • During hunting season, camping is only allowed in designated locations.
    • The time limit is 14 consecutive days. After 14 days, you must leave the forest entirely. It was not made clear how long you have to wait until you can come back; it’s usually 14 days out of a given 30 days.
    • Extended camping is not offered within Angelina NF, but I haven’t gotten a definition of “extended” yet.
  • No dispersed camping in or near developed areas (campgrounds, recreation areas, etc.)
  • No camping in day-use areas (picnic areas, boat ramps, etc.)
  • Do not leave your campsite unoccupied for more than 24 hours at a time.

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • I called the forest supervisor office to find the rules. Dispersed camping is allowed anywhere within the forest, except in designated campgrounds and day use areas (e.g. picnic areas, etc.). Furthermore this page says “You may camp outside of developed campgrounds anywhere on the Forest at no charge.”
  • Time limit: 14 days within a 30 day period. After the 14 days you must leave the forest entirely and not camp there again within the 30 day period. The lady who answered the phone recommended going to a different forest for the remaining 16 days.
    • Campgrounds have the same 14 day time limit.
  • The lady who answered the phone assures me there are many places to camp in a vehicle.
  • They do ask that you try not to reuse existing paths made by other vehicles. This is supposed to minimize the damage. I was told to use a “common-sense approach”.
  • There is no MVUM for this service as of this writing. However, they are working on moving toward the Travel Management Rule, and thus likely will have MVUMs within a year or so.

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Angeles National Forest

California loves to make people register for things, so you’ll need to buy an Adventure Pass for a lot of places.

Dispersed Camping rules:

  1. Dispersed camping is allowed “throughout the entire Angeles National Forest”.
  2. Time limit: 14 consecutive days
  3. Time limit: 30 days total in one calendar year

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Allegheny National Forest

Dispersed Camping rules:

I’m not going to bother listing the rules that seem to be the case everywhere; there will be links to the full list below. This shall be mainly a list of what rules aren’t generally pervasive.

  1. Dispersed foot traffic and primitive tent camping within the Forests is allowed almost anywhere, unless otherwise posted closed and/or “No Camping”.
  2. Time limit: 14 days in a 30 day period.
    1. After 14 days, “camp and equipment must be moved off Forest Service System lands”. This could be interpreted in a number of ways; I’m choosing to believe they mean out of this forest.
  3. Firewood rules:
    1. Do not cut down or damage live trees.
    2. Cutting small amounts of dead wood is allowed and does not require a permit.
    3. Removing wood from the forest requires a permit.
    4. Do not bring in firewood from outside Warren, Elk, McKean, and Forest counties.
  4. Do not leave camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours.
  5. All Forest users are prohibited from causing public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm by making unreasonably loud noise
  6. Several areas exist where dispersed camping is prohibited. Check the rules links below.

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Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area

GPS: 39.020723, -106.278451

As you may have heard, Bob is in Leadville.  I live nearby, so I e-mailed him thinking it would be neat to meet him, but his response indicated that he’s been swarmed with dozens of similar requests. So I figured maybe some other time, like at the RTR (Jan 11-21, 2018).

Nonetheless, I’ve heard from several sources how amazing the Leadville area is, so I figured I’d head down there anyway. It’s only a few hours away, and in my decades in Colorado I can’t believe I’ve never gone there. I had been cooped up in the house for months, hadn’t had the last few weekends off; and the mountains were calling. I had to go. Continue reading “Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area”

National Forests: Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


If you’re gonna live in your vehicle, you need to park it somewhere. If you’re planning to do a lot of traveling across the US, you’ll need to know which land is legal to “camp” on, when, and for how long. Finally, a big part of the point of all this is to save money, so you want somewhere free.  Fortunately, free parking is available almost anywhere in the western half of the continental US.  When you go to explore the eastern half, it gets a lot harder.

Your choices here are basically BLM land, National Forests, and National Grasslands. I’ve also heard some talk about National Wildlife Refuges, Fish and Wildlife land, and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) land. This article is specifically about the National Forests. Continue reading “National Forests: Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)”