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Rules and Regulations

Fire Restrictions

Please follow all fire bins that are in effect for the area that you are visiting.

Stage 1:

  • Campfires, including charcoal, are only permitted within permanent fire rings within developed recreation sites.  Cooking stoves that you can turn on and off are permitted.
  • You may only smoke within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diamter that doesn't have any flammable material.

Stage 2:

  • Campfires, including charcoal, are not permitted anywhere on public lands.  Cooking stoves that you can turn on and off are permitted.
  • You may only smoke with an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • All internal combustion engines must have a spark arrestor.
  • If operating a chainsaw you must have a fire extinguisher and a shovel with you.

Trash containers are provided in most BLM campgrounds. Please use them. Improperly discarded refuse attracts flies, insects, animals, and can cause unsanitary conditions. When no garbage containers are available, the standard rule applies: pack it in, pack it out. The garbage containers are not for domestic trash dumping. 

*Please remember to take out what you bring in. 

Dispose of waste, gray water, sewage and sewage treatment chemicals from self-contained toilets at authorized facilities provided for that purpose. Please don't dig or maintain any pit toilet. Shower in provided facilities. Please do not use any improved or developed water-source, pump, faucet, fountain or restroom sinks as bathing facilities. The same rules apply if you are cleaning fish, game or other food, clothing or household articles.

If you observe destruction of the environment, public or private property while in the outdoors, you may notify the proper authorities by calling a local BLM office or an on-duty law enforcement officer. If there is an immediate threat to your safety call 911.

Archaeology and Cultural Resources
Gathering or collecting historical or archaeological artifacts including arrowheads, potshards, and paleontological resources, including vertebrate fossils, on public lands is illegal. Violators may be prosecuted under a variety of federal laws. Vandalizing, defacing or removing scientific, cultural or historical items from sites is also prohibited. 

For more information on the Paleontological Resources Preservation 
under the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009 please click on the brochure

PRP brochure