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Old 05-23-2023, 05:44 PM   #1
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Arizona BLM Locations

I am new to this forum and BLM.
I am out of Florida, full time for the last nine months traveling and visiting.
Where do you recommend in Arizona for BLM locations.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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I'd say ; Google the nearest AZ , BLM office to your point of entry into the state and go in to check out all the rules and pick up a map of the allowed areas.

EDIT: BTW ; boondocking in almost all of AZ in the summer is only for lizards and snakes. The town where I winter in AZ gets temperatures of 115+ for weeks on end , but it does cool to 100 at midnight .
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Summer is not the time to stay on most of BLM lands in Arizona. However, there are many 'cool' national forest areas in the areas of Pinetop, Show Low, Payson, Flagstaff.

For winter, Quartzsite, Yuma or Havasu areas are very popular but it won't be secluded unless you're lucky.

You will need to zero in on elevations to be comfortable when you go. In winter up to 4,000' EL could be OK. In summer you want to be at ... preferably 5,000' El and over.

Our happy spot for summer is 7,000' but we've been in places up to 8,000'.

https://www.blm.gov/arizona

https://www.americansouthwest.net/ar...l-forests.html
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You can filter by BLM on RVLIFE Campground website. They will have reviews.

Although missing reviews, Campendium has listings.
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You do NOT want to go to the desert Arizona in summer. Experienced desert rats can manage, but it is not for the average person. You can find spots in the higher mountains and on the north side of the Grand Canyon though. Look above 6000’. Come October or November, you selections will be much broader. The high elevation spots start closing due to snow and the desert becomes more attractive. Hundreds of thousands of acres open up. Take a look at any of the standard apps. I prefer AllStays Camp&RV, but they just instituted a weird pay system for new users. Still the widest assortment of sites in my experience.
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April is good time to think about leaving the desert when 85-90f + start. Too early to start summer weather when another spring season or 2 are just north a state away.
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The deserts in AZ range widely in elevation and topography so to say stay away from the desert in AZ in the summer is an over generalization. There are plenty of ‘high’ desert boondocking camping opportunities on land that you will feel comfortable in. I wouldn’t go to Quartzite in July but I would go to Sonoita in a heartbeat. On the hottest days in Sonoita it will still be cool in the shade and most definitely cool when the sun isn’t shining.
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I'd say ; Google the nearest AZ , BLM office to your point of entry into the state and go in to check out all the rules and pick up a map of the allowed areas.

EDIT: BTW ; boondocking in almost all of AZ in the summer is only for lizards and snakes. The town where I winter in AZ gets temperatures of 115+ for weeks on end , but it does cool to 100 at midnight .
There is some really bad info in this thread including this. I just returned from a spot in AZ that was 40's at night and low 70's during the day. I have lived in AZ for a long time and will share info only via direct message, no need to share with the world. AZ state trust land is also a great option. PM me if interested.
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There is some really bad info in this thread including this. I just returned from a spot in AZ that was 40's at night and low 70's during the day. I have lived in AZ for a long time and will share info only via direct message, no need to share with the world. AZ state trust land is also a great option. PM me if interested.
The OP asked about BLM land. Where did you just return from on BLM land?

There are some very 'cool' spots on national forest lands.
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https://www.aztreasury.gov/land-endowment-fund

So little of AZ is privately owned.
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There is some really bad info in this thread including this. I just returned from a spot in AZ that was 40's at night and low 70's during the day. I have lived in AZ for a long time and will share info only via direct message, no need to share with the world. AZ state trust land is also a great option. PM me if interested.
The signs on the gates to AZ state trust lands state that you must possess a hunting or fishing license.
There are lots of places where people boondock in the White mountains near Springerville/Eagar. And yes the temps are quite cool there.
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We do our summer boondocking here in Arizona in the mountains, which can be quite pleasant in July and August. In fact that is how we get out of the summer heat in the Phoenix area. You can find lots of boondocking locations between Payson and Heber-Overgaard and also between Heber-Overgaard and ShowLow. Also there are locations around Flagstaff and Williams, although many of those were closed the last time we stopped there.
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The signs on the gates to AZ state trust lands state that you must possess a hunting or fishing license.
There are lots of places where people boondock in the White mountains near Springerville/Eagar. And yes the temps are quite cool there.
You do not need to possess a hunting license.

https://land.az.gov/recreational-per...and-conditions

Just one of the term and conditions. Link shows more....

There is no mention of hunting/ fishing license to camp.

11. Recreational camping is limited to no more than 14 days per year. A campsite must be at least ľ mile from any livestock or wildlife water catchments, tanks, drinkers, etc. Abandoned campsites are to be left clean.
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Look around Williams in the warmer months. Quartzsite, Lake Havasu, KOFA, etc. for the cooler months. That's a good start.

I'm currently dry camping in the foothills of the Cerbat Mountains near Kingman, and the weather's wonderful. 80's with a cool breeze in daytime, 60's at night.
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