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Midland Long Term Visitor Area   

Every year, thousands of visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered at BLM´s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs), where visitors may camp for as long as seven months.

Winter visitors who wish to stay in an LTVA must purchase a long-term permit for $180 or a short-visit permit for $40.  The long-term permit is valid for the entire season or any part of the season, which runs from September 15 to April 15.  The short-visit permit is valid for 14 consectutive days, with the option to purchase an unlimited quantity of additional permits at the same price.  Both permits are valid in any of the designated LTVAs.  Click on a link below for more information on a specifc LTVA within the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office jurisdiction.


General location map of all 7 LTVAs

Palm Springs Field Office
(760) 833-7100


Supplemental rules have been established for the Long Term Visitor Areas and are in addition to rules of conduct set forth in 43 CFR subpart 8365. 

The supplemental rules apply yearlong to all public land users who enter the LTVAs.

View supplemental rules (pdf)

CDD Final Interim Supplementary Rules

You are responsible for knowing and obeying all rules and regulations.


Dump Station
Mule Mountain



Although these campsites are open year-round, it is best to visit during fall and spring months.  Temperature extremes are a well-known desert hazard.  Always inform someone as to where you are going, your route of travel, and when you expect to return; and carry at least one gallon of water per person per day on your trip.

Campground Rules

Long-term camping trailers and motor homes must be 100% self-contained for waste and graywater.

Short-term camping without self-containment is not allowed within the Midland LTVA camp sites.

An LTVA Permit for Short-term or Long-term camping is required September 15th – April 15th.  Camping is allowed in the LTVA in the 'off' season between April 16th – September 14th at no cost, but the standard 14-day limit for dispersed camping on BLM land applies.  There is no Camp Host on site during the 'off' season.

The speed limit in an LTVA is 15 mph unless posted otherwise.

Do not collect wood, even downed wood, in the desert for your campfires or any other purposes; please leave it in place, as it provides necessary habitat for desert wildlife.



LTVA permits are required from September 15th through April 15th.  There are two types of permits:  long-term and short-visit.  The long-term permit is $180 (U.S. funds only) for the entire season.  A short-visit permit is $40 (U.S. funds only) for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase.  

Interagency Annual / Access/ Senior Passport discounts do not apply.

Permits may be purchased on site or at:

BLM El Centro Field Office
1661 South Fourth Street
El Centro, CA   92243
(760) 337-4400
BLM Palm Springs Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA  92262
(760) 833-7100
BLM Yuma Field Office
2555 East Gila Ridge Road
Yuma, AZ  85365
(928) 317-3200



Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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