Wilderness Area Preservation Information
Before visiting a BLM wilderness area, please check with the local BLM field office to see what restrictions and rules apply, such as burn bans or required permits. Always check ahead with local BLM offices regarding weather conditions. Below is a standard list of wilderness area etiquette. Visit the Wilderness page for information on specific wilderness areas.
- Wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Live vegetation cannot be cut.
- Pets are allowed, but must be kept under control.
- Hunting and fishing are allowed under state and local laws.
- No bicycles, hang gliders, motorized vehicles, equipment, boats, or aircraft are allowed unless permitted by the BLM. Wheelchairs are allowed.
- Horses or other recreational livestock may require a special permit; you may be required to carry feed.
- Note that registration or permits may be required for entry into wilderness areas or for some activities within the wilderness areas.
Leave No Trace!
Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and the Antiquities Act of 1906 prohibit anyone from removing or disturbing archaeological sites or artifact on federal public lands without written permission from the Department of the Interior. Do your part to preserve this rich heritage.
- Stay on existing roads and trails. Scars on the desert landscape heal slowly and increase soil erosion.
- Walk carefully in archaeological sites to avoid stepping on walls and trash mounds. Do not stand or sit on walls, move rocks, or climb through doorways. All cause damage to archeological structures.
- Never touch painted or plastered walls, petroglyphs, or pictographs. Skin oils damage them.
- Avoid picnicking in archaeological sites. Crumbs attract rodents that tunnel and nest in the site. Make sure that you pick up and carry out all of your trash.
- Do not camp in archaeological sites. It's easy to accidentally destroy walls and artifacts in the dark. Campfire smoke stains walls and cliffs, and charcoal leaves a mess. Leaving human waste in archaeological sites is unsightly and unsanitary. Never burn wood from archaeological sites!
- Never dig in archeological sites. If you pick up a piece of pottery, put it back where you found it. Leave all artifacts exactly where found for others to enjoy. Artifacts in their original context tell stories about the past. Out of context, artifacts mean little to an archaeologist.
- These sites are spiritually significant for Native Americans. Treat them with respect. Do not leave "offerings" as they only confuse the site's original story.
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
The Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center is a valuable resource for the public that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. The Carhart Center addresses challenges in wilderness management, training, and education identified by wilderness managers all across the country. The center's staff works with experts at all levels of the four wilderness-managing agencies, along with outside experts, to develop comprehensive, interagency solutions to wilderness challenges using a team approach. For more information, visit the website.