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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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)”

Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area

The Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area is located in Windsor, CO.  I followed the Poudre River Trail for about half a mile and turned back due to the swarms of bugs that like to hang out around rivers at sunset, but I did manage to get some great pictures. You can scroll through the slideshow below or just open the Flickr album directly.

DSCN8543Colorado: Where even the ugly parts are still picturesque.

I didn’t actually see much wildlife, but I didn’t explore much of the trail. There were a few dozen birds and a few thousand mosquitoes.