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BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area

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Bureau of Land Management

Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as dispersed camping. Most of the remainder of public lands are open to dispersed camping, as long as it does not conflict with other authorized uses or in areas posted "closed to camping," or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.

Dispersed camping is allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period. The 28 day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period. After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation. The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas. In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days (12 months in Alaska).

Campsite Selection Dispersed camp sites are located along most secondary roads and may not be marked. Popular locations can be recognized by the telltale flat disturbed area that has been used as a camp site before. Not all flat spots are sites. If possible, please use existing sites to avoid creating new disturbances. To further protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or in any manner pollute the surrounding area.

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Location

BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area is located in California

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Coordinates

35.06188911835785 N
116.98465236871182 W

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Site Types

  • Dispersed

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JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2022

Rugged area, super windy

We stayed 3 nights, we might've stayed longer but the wind was terrible. We didn't explore much at all

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area by Jack M., November 24, 2022
Heather L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2022

Especially great for off-roaders!

Dirt Biking heaven! Our friends brought their toy-haulers and we played in the desert for a few nights. The weather was pretty good for November. Plenty of space to have 2 RV’s, a van, and a few guests. Definitely head over to Slash-X cafe if you get a chance and grab a beer while listening to live music in the back patio!

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Mark W.
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2021

Desert Dispersed Camping

This is a popular camping site for OHV riders during the winter. There are several sites at this location that each can hold 5-7 RVs. Each of the sites has a primitive fire ring, but there is no wood in the area, so bring your own. There are no toilets or water either.

It is the desert, so it gets warm/hot during the summer, but during the fall and winter, it is comfortable and can get cold at night.

The sites are far enough away that the noises of the other sites are not usually a problem, but it can occur. In the mornings, riders can be disturbing as they ride by.

Because of the OHV on weekends and holidays, it can get BUSY. First come, first serve.

For someone passing through, it can be a great one night stop and if you live local it makes a great few days away from the grind.

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  • Review photo of BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area by Mark W., November 8, 2021
  • Review photo of BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area by Mark W., November 8, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the elevation of BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area?

BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area is located at 3962 feet.

Are fires allowed at BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area does not have wifi.