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Tents in the desert

BLM-managed public lands provied a variety of options for overnight trips on. Campers can stay in a tent, in a trailer or other vehicle, on a boat or even out in the open under the stars. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy either developed campgrounds or dispersed (undeveloped) campsites.

  • Developed campgrounds: may include a variety of facilities, such as restrooms, potable water, fire rings, picnic areas, garbage cans, tent pads, etc.
  • Dispersed (undeveloped) campsites: are normally recognized by a hardened surface with no vegetation, where others have already camped. Possible locations may include sites along a remote trail or river.

Please use pre-existing fire rings or firepans, and be sure you know the local fire restrictions. For additional information, contact the local BLM Field Office for the area you are planning to visit.

Featured Recreation Areas

Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area features Hecla Junction Campground, Five Points Campground, Railroad Bridge Campground, Rincon Campground, Ruby Mountain Campground and Vallie Bridge Campground. There are also plenty of places to enjoy undeveloped camping.

Kayaker on the Eagle River

Eagle River Recreation Area

Eagle River Recreation Area is an excellent place for whitewater rafting and other recreational activities. Visitors who want to enjoy a multi-day trip can stay at the Gypsum Campground or Wolcott Campground. Both have toilets and fire pits available.

Cliff face

Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway

Those taking a trip along the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway have the opportunity to camp at convenient locations along Shelf Road. Both Banks Campground and Sand Gulch Campground offer excellent options.

Scenic green river canyon

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area:
Gunnison Gorge Wilderness

With the Gunnison River meandering through a stunning double canyon, trips to Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area should not be rushed. The Gunnison Gorge Wilderness runs through the National Conservation Area, where remote camping provides ample time to appreciate all that this area has to offer.

Hack Lake reflecting scenic hillside

Hack Lake Recreation Area

The remote Hack Lake Recreation Area provides primitive camping opportunities. With landscapes of rolling hillsides and jagged cliffs, visitors can enjoy a truly peaceful experience here.

Red-rock river canyon

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

Within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and Rabbit Valley both provide opportunities for dispersed camping. Along Ruby-Horsethief River Corridor, a number of campsites are accessible by river.

Stream lined with pine trees

Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area

With beatiful views of spectacular mountains and waterfalls, Oh Be Joyful Campground is located along the Slate River. Developed campsites, a restroom and parking are all available.

Sunset over rocky landscape

Powderhorn Wilderness

Five trails, Devil's Creek Trail, East Fork Trail, Middle Fork Trail, Powderhorn Lakes Trail and Powderhorn Park Trail, provide opportunities for camping at Powderhorn Wilderness. Locations are available at some of the trailheads, as well as sites along the trails.

Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River

Upper Colorado River

The Upper Colorado River provides a variety of options for boating and other recreational activities. For multi-day trips, several camping opportunities are available along the river. Notable locations with developed campgrounds are Pumphouse, Radium and Catamount.

Sign for Zapata Falls Recreation Area

Zapata Falls Recreation Area

Zapata Falls Campground is located near a 25-foot waterfall at Zapata Falls Recreation Area. The area's 23 campsites each provide a parking area, fire grate, picnic table and bear-proof food locker. There are two sets of vault toilets, but no potable water is available.