U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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The beauty and isolation of The Mojave Desert is immense and can only be truly experienced by camping. Mojave Desert camp sites vary greatly in amenities. Some are rustic and remote, with bumpy two-track roads leading to sites consisting of nothing more than a partially-cleared patch of ground with a stone-circled fire pit. Others may be located, just off paved access roads with charcoal grills picnic tables and vault toilets. Whichever you choose the key is to be prepared. Bring what you will need, as a trip to buy forgotten supplies can be long.
Please practice Tread Lightly and pack out everything you brought to the site, including trash and waste. If others have failed to follow these desert rules of etiquette feel free to clean up after them as well. This will help insure the desert experience will remain unspoiled for you and others that follow.
Primitive camps offer a destination and points of interest. Though not a "Camp Ground" they have tables and fire rings, and vault toilets at others.
Dispersed Recreation Camping:
Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as "dispersed camping". Most public lands in
Camping or engaging in any other recreational activity with in 200 yards of a wildlife watering source for a period of more than thirty (30) minutes is prohibited. Water is a very precious resource in the desert save it for wildlife!
Dispersed camping is allowed on public lands in
To further protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or gray water, in any manner pollute the surrounding area. PACK IT OUT.
Please enjoy camping on public lands, but please take care of those lands like they were your own --- because they are!