As more and more people ask about BLM (Bureau of Land Management), I thought it may be wise and helpful to post the rules for use.
The goals of the Bureau of Land Management, Long-Term Visitor
Areas are to provide a safe and enjoyable public land camping
experience for all visitors, while promoting environmental
stewardship, mutual respect and responsible use of America’s natural
resources. The following are the supplementary rules for the designated
Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs) and are in addition to rules of
conduct set forth in 43 CFR Subpart 8365. The supplementary rules
apply yearlong to all public land users who enter the LTVAs.
- The Permit Requirements and Fees. You must have a permit to use a
designated LTVA between September 15 and April 15. The permit
authorizes you to camp within any designated LTVA using those
camping or dwelling unit(s) indicated on the permit between the
periods from September 15 to April 15. There are two types of permits:
Long-Term and Short-Visit. The long-term permit is valid for the entire
season or any part of the season. The short-visit permit is valid for 14
consecutive days, and may be renewed an unlimited number of times
for the cost of the permit. LTVA users must pay the cost of the fee
indicated on the LTVA permit, in U.S. funds only, before or upon
arrival. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will not refund permit
- Displaying the Permit. To make it valid, at the time of purchase, you
must affix your short-visit permit decal or long-term permit decal, using
the adhesive backing, to the bottom right-hand corner of the
windshield of all transportation vehicles, and in a clearly visible
location on all camping units. You may use no more than two
secondary vehicles within the LTVA.
- Permit Transfers. You may not reassign or transfer your permit.
- Permit Revocation. An authorized BLM officer may revoke, without
reimbursement, your LTVA permit if you violate any BLM rule or
regulation, or if your conduct or that of your family, guest, or pets is
inconsistent with the goal of BLM’s LTVA Program. Failure to return
any LTVA permit to an authorized BLM officer upon demand is a
violation of these supplementary rules. If BLM revokes your permit,
you must remove all of your property and leave the LTVA system within
12 hours of notice, and you may not enter any other LTVA in Arizona
or California for the remainder of the LTVA season.
- Unoccupied Camping Units. Do not leave your LTVA camping unit or
campsite unoccupied for a period of greater than five days unless an
authorized BLM officer approves it in advance.
- Parking. For your safety and privacy, you must maintain a minimum
of 15 feet of space between dwelling units.
- Removal of Wheels and Campers. Campers, trailers, and other dwelling
units must remain mobile. Wheels must remain on all wheeled vehicles.
You may set trailers and pickup campers on jacks manufactured for that
- Quiet Hours. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. under applicable
state time zone standards, or as otherwise posted.
- Noise. Do not operate audio devices or motorized equipment,
including generators, in a manner that makes unreasonable noise as
determined by the authorized BLM officer. Outdoor amplified music is
allowed only within La Posa and Imperial Dam LTVAs in locations
designated by BLM, and when approved in advance by an authorized
- Access. Do not block roads or trails commonly in public use with
your parked vehicles, stones, wooden barricades, or by any other means.
- Structures and Landscaping. a. Fixed fences, dog runs, storage
units, windbreaks, and other such structures are prohibited.
Temporary structures of these types must conform to posted
policies. b. Do not alter the natural landscape by painting rocks, as
well as defacing or damaging any natural or archaeological feature.
- Livestock. Boarding or keeping livestock (horses, cattle, sheep,
goats, etc.) within LTVA boundaries is prohibited.
- Pets. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Keep an eye on
your pets. Unattended and unwatched pets may fall prey to
coyotes or other desert predators. You are responsible for cleanup and sanitary disposal of your pet’s waste.
- Cultural Resources. Do not disturb any archaeological or
historical values including, but not limited to, petroglyphs, ruins,
historic buildings, and artifacts that may occur on public lands.
- Trash. You must place all trash in designated receptacles.
Public trash facilities are shown in the LTVA brochure. Do not
deposit trash or holding-tank sewage in vault toilets. An LTVA
permit is required for trash disposal within all LTVA
campgrounds. You may not change motor oil, vehicular fluids, or
dispose of or possess these used
substances within an LTVA.
- Dumping. Do not dump sewage, gray water, or garbage on the
ground. This includes motor oil and any other waste products.
Federal, state, and county sanitation laws and county ordinances
specifically prohibit these practices. Sanitary dump station
locations are shown in the LTVA brochure. You must have an
LTVA permit for dumping within all LTVA campgrounds.
- Self-Contained Vehicles. a. In Pilot Knob, Midland, Tamarisk,
and Hot Spring LTVAs, you may camp only in self-contained
camping units. The La Posa, Imperial Dam, and Mule Mountain
LTVAs are restricted to self-contained camping units, except
within 500 feet of a vault toilet or rest room.
b. Self-contained camping units must have a permanent affixed
waste water holding tank of 10-gallon minimum capacity. BLM does
not consider port-a-potty systems, systems that utilize portable
holding tanks, or permanent holding tanks of less than 10-gallon
capacity, to be self-contained.
- Campfires. You may have campfires in LTVAs subject to all
local, state, and Federal regulations. You must comply with
- Wood Collection. Do not collect wood within LTVAs. You
may not possess native firewood (i.e., mesquite, ironwood, palo
verde) within LTVAs. Please contact the nearest BLM office for
current regulations concerning wood collection.
- Speed Limit. The speed limit in LTVAs is 15 miles per hour or
as otherwise posted.
- Off-Highway Vehicle Use. Motorized vehicles must remain on
existing roads, trails, and washes.
- Vehicle Use. Do not operate any vehicle in violation of state or
local laws and regulations relating to use, standards, registration,
operation, and inspection.
- Firearms. Do not discharge or otherwise use firearms or
weapons inside or within 1/2 mile of LTVAs.
- Vending Permits. You must have a vending permit to carry
on any commercial activity. Please contact the nearest BLM
office for information on vending or concession permits.
- Aircraft Use. Do not land or take off any aircraft,
including ultralights and hot air balloons, in LTVAs, unless an
authorized BLM officer approves it in advance.
- Perimeter Camping. Do not camp within one mile outside
the boundaries of Hot Spring, Tamarisk, and Pilot Knob
LTVAs and within two miles outside the boundary of Midland
- Hot Spring Spa and Day Use Area. Food, beverages, glass
containers, soap, pets, and/or motorized vehicles are
prohibited within the fenced-in area at the Hot Spring Spa.
Day-use hours are 5 a.m. to midnight.
- Mule Mountain LTVA. You may camp only at designated
sites within the Wiley’s Well and Coon Hollow campgrounds.
You may have only one (1) camping or dwelling unit per site.
- Imperial Dam and La Posa LTVAs. Do not camp overnight
in desert washes in Imperial Dam and La Posa LTVAs.
- La Posa LTVA. You may enter La Posa LTVA only at legal
access roads along U.S. Highway 95. Do not create or use any
other access points. Do not remove or modify barricades, such
as fences, ditches, and berms.
- Posted Rules. You must observe and obey all posted rules.
Individual LTVAs may have additional specific rules in
addition to these supplementary rules. If posted rules differ
from these supplemental rules, the posted rules take
- Other Laws. If you hold an LTVA permit, you must observe
and obey all Federal, state, and local laws and regulations
applicable to the LTVA.
- Campsite Maintenance. You must keep the LTVA and,
specifically, your campsite in a neat, orderly, and sanitary
- Length of Stay. Between April 16 and September 14, you
may stay in an LTVA only 14 days in any 28-day period. After
your 14th day of occupation at an LTVA, you must move
outside of a 25-mile radius of that LTVA.
- Penalties. Under 43 CFR 2932.56(b), if you knowingly and
willfully violate or fail to comply with any of the
supplementary rules provided in this notice, BLM may revoke
your LTVA permit. You may also be subject to issuance of a
citation and/or arrest with a fine under 18 U.S.C. 3571 and/or
imprisonment under 18 U.S.C. 3581, and the Federal Land
Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a))
The information is courtesy of the BLM website, and of course is subject to change as necessary. BLM land is the similar to our Crown land here in Canada