The Surprise Field area has beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife and wide open spaces to be enjoyed and explored. Camping in the high desert is a wonderful experience, whether you are looking for a peaceful retreat or an outdoor adventure. Camping is allowed in designated as well as non-designated areas on BLM land. Please remember to stay on established roads and trails and "leave no trace."
Visitors are welcome to camp anywhere on BLM managed land. This is primitive camping, so do not trench, avoid building new fire rings, otherwise modify the ground or remove vegetation to "improve" the camp site. When possible, use an area that has been used for camping before.
The temperatures in the high desert can vary widely and change rapidly all months of the year, so bring clothing and supplies for any conditions. Be sure to stop by the Surprise Field Office before starting your camping trip to get current road conditions, wildland fire conditions, maps and any seasonal information.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
Please see our Desert Visitors Guide for preparedness tips.
BLM Camping Guidelines
Dispersed Camping in Undeveloped Areas
- Minimize disturbance to BLM land's indigenous creatures, please do not park or camp within 300 yards of any water source (guzzler or water trough) used by wildlife or domestic livestock.
- Whether in a developed campground or at a dispersed site, you may usually camp in an area for up to 14 days before having to move at least 25 miles from your original spot. You may not return to that area for 28 consecutive days.
- We ask you to follow a policy of Treading Lightly! By picking up litter, avoiding travel that could damage the land, observing signs and posted areas, leaving all gates as you found them, and asking permission to enter private lands, you will enhance the public's opportunity to enjoy these lands in the future. We hope you enjoy your camping experience on BLM lands.
- Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
- To 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.