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BLM Colorado | Meeker Recreation

The BLM does not manage any developed campgrounds within the White River Field Office, but we do allow for dispersed camping.  Contact the Meeker Chamber of Commerce and Rangely Chamber of Commerce for more information on developed campsites.

 Camping in the White River Forest

Dispersed Camping Guidelines

It is the general policy of the BLM that undeveloped Federal lands under its administration are available to the public for camping and general recreation, with the following provisions:

  • Camping at any one site is limited to 14 days per visit (can vary from region to region).
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Avoid camping within 200 ft. of any water source.
  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Whenever camping outside designated camp sites, please practice minimum impact-style camping.  
  • Use only dead and down wood for campfires, or purchase firewood locally.  

Using Undeveloped Camp Sites

Camp at previously used sites if possible.  Studies have shown that the most rapid negative changes to soil and vegetation occur during the first few times a campsite is used.  

Firepans or stoves are recommended when camping on BLM lands.   A fire pan is a metal tray used to contain a campfire and prevent the fire from blackening the soil (oil pans work great!).  Before breaking camp, it is a simple matter to transfer cold ashes into a plastic bag or other container for disposal at home. If you use a fire pan carefully, it is possible to leave a campsite with no scars or evidence of your use.  The use of firepans may be banned during high fire danger periods.

Avoid building new fire rings.  Unnecessary fire rings scar the natural beauty of sites and reduce the amount of space available for sleeping and cooking areas.

Do not put cans, bottles, plastics, or aluminum foil into a fire ring.  These items do not burn, and their presence may lead subsequent users of the site to build a new fire ring.

Burn campfire logs to ashes, then douse with water.  Do not smother a campfire with soil as this will make it difficult for the next visitor to use the same fire ring.  If you must leave a campsite before the fire burns all of the wood, douse the fire with water before you are ready to leave camp, stir it with a stick, then douse it again to make sure it is completely out.

Dispose of human waste properly. The use of portable toilets is highly recommended. If no portable toilet is available, solid body waste and urine should be buried and covered in a hole six to twelve inches deep. The disposal site should be located well away from streams, campsites, and other use areas. Toilet paper should be placed in a small plastic bag and put into your camp trash bag.

Pack out your trash (and a little extra).  For years, public land managers have promoted the "pack-it-out" concept in an effort to foster a self-cleanup ethic among public land users. This program has generally been successful.  It is no longer acceptable to leave or bury trash at campsites.


 

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