Of the 245 million surface acres of BLM public land in America, it can be frustrating not being able to find the best parking locations for boondocking. Heck, you might not even know where to find public lands at all. You can obviously do a map search on your cell phone but you may not find the desired results. After reading this post you should have a good understanding on how to find BLM public land camping locations.
Keep in mind that BLM land can only be located in 12 states that include:
- New Mexico
Using a map can be a great way to pinpoint where BLM land is located. Some people are old-fashioned and can’t stand using technology to navigate so maps are the way to go. You can download maps on the blm.gov website. They have a variety of maps to choose from depending on what state you’re in.
Nowadays everyone uses their cell phones for everything, especially for navigation. We’re transitioning into a digital world which makes it very convenient for us nomads. There are several apps that one can use to find BLM public lands camping locations. I use apps to find my campsites all the time. Actually, I completely rely on apps. Most apps that help users find BLM camp spots have filters so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for. There are a lot of good apps out there to use but the one’s that we recommend include:
iOverlander is a great app to use because most all of the locations are submitted by fellow nomads. It enables users to submit, amend, and find information and opinions about essential and secondary-essential places of interest. The great thing about it is that there are even reviews on locations left by other users. You can read reviews to get a better idea on what the location is like. Many reviews will let you know if the road to the campsite is bumpy, if it’s rowdy from late-nighters, if the area has good cell signal, or how busy it is. It’s a well established app so it has plenty of boondocking sites pinned on the map.
Campendium is an app mainly targeted toward apple users but you can easily navigate their website if you need to for android users. They are pretty similar to iOverlander but they seem to have a more targeted filter system. You can find specific locations based on cell service, how big your rig is, elevation, and many other different things. There is a paid version of Campendium that unlocks other perks.
Sekr is a newer app that launched just a few years ago. It was originally called The Vanlife App but they recently changed their name to reach a wider audience rather than just being associated with people living and traveling in vans. The great thing about this app is that it’s more of a social networking app for nomads. You can create a profile, add friends, message friends, add locations, save locations, and you can even find people nearby. Since it’s a newer app there aren’t as many locations added but as more and more people start to use it, the more locations are added.
There are other apps out there to use but we just listed the 3 that we enjoy using. Feel free to do some research and you’ll find the app that’s best suited for you.
There are obviously a ton of websites out there that you can visit to help you find BLM camping locations. Websites may not provide an intuitive interface like an app does but it can still do the trick. The best place to start would be recreation.gov. They have an abundant of information related to public lands. Another great website to check out is freecampsites.net.
If there are other great resources to find BLM public land camping locations that we didn’t add here feel free to use the comment section and inform our readers what else they can use.