Dispersed Camping

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

  • Camping is limited to 14 days within a 30-mile radius in a 28 day period
  • Pack out what you pack in
  • Avoid camping within 200 ft. of any water source
  • Do not leave campfires unattended.

On public lands managed by the St. George Field Office, there are several areas where resources are managed more intensively and camping is restricted.  These areas are:

  • Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Areas within this national conservation area do not allow dispersed camping.  See Camping Inside the NCA for detailed information.
  • Smithsonian Butte Back County Byway.  Camping on federally managed lands within 1/2 mile of either side of this road is prohibited.  See Smithsonian Butte Back County Byway for more information about this road.  Map
  • Baker Dam Recreation Area.  Camping is prohibited up to one mile from the recreation area.  See Baker Dam Recreation Area for more information about this area.  Map
  • Red Cliffs Recreation Area.  Camping is prohibited up to one mile from the recreation area.  See Red Cliffs Recreation Area for more information about this area.  Map
  • Santa Clara River Reserve.  Camping is prohibited on public lands in recreation Management Zones 1 and 3.  See Santa Clara River Reserve for more information about this area.  Map
  • Water Source Areas.  No camping is allowed within 1/4 mile of big game water sources from October 15 through November 15.  These water sources are: 12 springs west of the Santa Clara River including Cove, Jackson, Red Hollow, Quail, Grapevine, Crazy, Indian, Welcome, Middle, Reber, Summit, and Dodge; all water catchments; and all Division of Wildlife Resources guzzlers.
  • Riparian Areas.  Mosquito Cove riparian area is currently closed to camping.  Map

Note: Extreme fire conditions may require additional restrictions and area closures.  All maps refer only to dispersed camping of BLM-managed lands; National Parks, National Forests, and State Parks have differing requirements.

Dispersed camping in an appropriate and responsible manner requires knowledge.  Please learn about camping ethics before your next adventure.

Map of Areas Closed to Camping

Dispersed camping with a vehicle at a previously disturbed site.











Backpacker's tent among sagebrush and juniper