BLM Arizona provides many opportunities for camping on public lands. Visitors have the opportunity to camp at campgrounds, Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs), or in dispersed areas throughout the state.
Developed Campgrounds and Picnic Areas
BLM Arizona manages many developed campgrounds and picnic areas in the state. Each campground offers a different mix of facilities, landscapes, and outdoor activities. Most campgrounds have use fees ranging from $4.00 to $10.00 per unit per night. Most sites have a 14-day stay limit.
Recreation Commercial Leases
These private resorts are located on leased federal lands along the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. They provide many recreation opportunities and facilities. Most include camping, boat ramps, swimming beaches, restaurants, convenience stores, laundry and longer-term mobile home spaces.
Long-Term Visitor Areas
Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs) are specially designated areas located on BLM lands in California and Arizona. These LTVAs provide places for visitors to stay for longer periods of time between September and April. A seasonal special recreation permit is required, and the permit allows visitors to stay in any of the six LTVAs in California or two LTVAs in Arizona: Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma and La Posa LTVA near Quartzsite. The "America the Beautiful: The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass" is not accepted.
Dispersed Recreation Camping
Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as "dispersed camping." Most of the remainder of public lands in Arizona are open to dispersed camping, as long as such use does not conflict with other authorized uses or occurs in areas posted "closed to camping," or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.
Dispersed camping is allowed on Public Lands in Arizona for no more than a period of 14 days within any period of 28 consecutive days. The 28-day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period. After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation. The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas. In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days.
To further protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or gray water, in any manner that would pollute the surrounding area. PACK IT OUT.
Please enjoy camping on public lands, and please take care of these lands like they were your own ----because they are!