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Boondocking for Beginners--Q and A

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  • #16
    Re: boondocking resources, I've been looking at Frugal Shunpikers Guides and forest camping.com. You can get maps and info at NFS and BLM offices, too.
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    Tom & Paula
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    • #17
      OK Thanks GIandlj... I'll check it out.
      Steve and Shelley. Minnesota
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      • #18
        I plan to write up a post soon, we are just back from 3 weeks mostly in Utah. What a trip! Boondocked on BLM land almost every night. The solar worked perfectly and I never pulled the power cord out the whole trip! I will probably get a 50 gallon water tank to add to our pickup and topper. It would have been nice to haul some water a couple times. I have a water bladder but to use that I would have either needed to empty the truck bed or put it up on top of the topper and I would have needed to haul water a long ways. The places we stayed and the solitude we could enjoy was amazing. I only wish we had places like this to go that wasn't 1,000 miles away from home.
        James, Kim & the Goldendoodles (Lucy & Regan)
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        • #19
          Don't take this as gospel, but it has always been my understanding that you can boondock on any BLM or forest Service land that is not otherwise restricted. For instance, some areas will indicate restrictions to motorized vehicles. And depending on conditions, campfires (and fireworks) will be prohibited. Of course, there are places that you might want to avoid. In most cases, its easy to check at an area BLM or FS office.
          Shane and Patty
          and Maddy the Labradoodle
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          • #20
            Another great tool for identifying land ownership is On X Maps. For $30 a year for a single state or $100 a year for all 50, it tells you exactly where you are, land ownership and a bunch of useful information. It is targeted for hunters, but I can see it being useful for boondocking also. Works on all platforms and with a little planning will work offline. They have a free 30 day evaluation period to play with it.

            I used it on my IPhone/IPad for deer/elk season this year and it worked great - will replace my Garmin GPS

            http://onXmaps.com
            Bill & Susan
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