The BLM Arizona Strip Field Office is seeking public comment for a proposed change in rules that will limit dispersed camping to 14 days in the Virgin River Recreation Area.
According to the BLM:
This action is necessary because an increasing number of users of the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area have established long-term residency under the pretext of recreational camping. Public concern about the effects of this long-term occupancy requires the BLM to address this issue. The proliferation of residential use interferes with legitimate recreational use of public lands and creates other health and safety concerns including hygiene and sanitation issues (i.e., no access to showers or waste dump stations; accumulation of miscellaneous equipment and housewares and the occasional long-term presence of dogs and their associated waste). In addition, this action would reduce damages to natural resources that occur from trash dumping, accumulation or abandonment of equipment or vehicles, loss of vegetation, and contamination of nearby waters.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/15/2021-12279/notice-of-proposed-supplementary-rule-for-public-lands-at-virgin-river-canyon-recreation-area-in?utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list
Upon reviewing the need for this rule change it appears that this management area has a special rule that exempts it from the 14 day camping limit that is typical in other BLM lands that allow open, dispersed camping.
We have been researching this issue to determine what would be the best approach for ensuring that this area remains open to dispersed camping use. If this is an area you enjoy using, you can share your comment by August 16.
Click Here to Find the Comment Submission Page
Also, with overlanding, boondocking, vanlifing, and dispersed camping exploding in popularity, we want to know what you think about the 14-day camping rules in general. Do you think this is good policy? Do you think there should be areas where people can camp longer? Is 14 days too long? Let us know in the comments below (but be sure to share your feedback with the BLM as well).
I support the opening of the Virgin River Recreation Camping Area!! We feel it would be an awesome location to spend a few nights camping that is close to home.
I would like to understand how the 14 day period is documented as the start of the 14 day stretch . does one have t buy a permit to enter the lands and then 14 days later they have to leave on a predetermined date ? what prevents a person from leaving the location 1 day and then coming back for another 14 days ? how are the start and stop dates tracked to ensure the 14 day limit .
My guess is the prupose is to prevent anyone from staying indefinitely and potentially claiming squatters rights after a period of time staying in one location , but idk . Usually this type incidents are over years and decades that happen and land owners lose in court .
I am not a camper , never been , however the thought of it has crossed my mind , but its a time issue and lack of initiative thats my hindrance , but I dont think others should be penelized for their choice in leisure activity by a term limit .
I am in support of a 14 day rule just for the fact to keep squatters from ruining it for everyone.
14 days works for me. After that move on and let others enjoy