Recreation Programs

The BLM manages recreation resources and visitor services to offer the greatest benefits possible to individuals and communities and to better enable communities to achieve their own desired social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

BLM public lands—once described as “the lands nobody wanted”— are now recognized as America’s Great Outdoors, a “Backyard to Backcountry” treasure. They are uniquely accessible. More than 120 urban centers and thousands of rural towns are located within 25 miles of BLM lands. 

Learn more about BLM recreation programs through the links below.

A wheelchair accessible wooden trail through Sand to Snow National Monument in California. BLM photo.Accessibility

The BLM is committed to ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to access the public lands.

Landscape view of the river along the Deschutes Backcountry Byway in Oregon. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.Byways

BLM Back Country Byways provide “off-the-beaten-path” adventures through diverse landscape settings.

A man with a hardhat stands inside Craters of the Moon in Idaho. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.Caves and Karsts

The BLM manages nearly 800 caves, some open to public exploration.

A hunter and his dog cross the fields at Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument in Montana. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.Hunting, Fishing & Recreational Shooting

The BLM provides opportunities to hunt and engage in shooting sports activities in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

A road runs through Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.Travel & Transportation

The BLM seeks to provide reasonable and varied transportation routes for access to the public lands.

A man sits on an overlook at Cabezon Peak Wilderness in New Mexico. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.Visual Resource Management

The BLM considers the scenic values of public lands when providing for various uses.