Dispersed Camping

Dispersed, or undeveloped, camping provides more solitude and an opportunity to “rough it.” There are many camping opportunities in general forest areas as well as in wilderness areas.

Know before you go: Before traveling visit or call the nearest Ranger Station for current fire restrictions and area closures.

  • No wood or charcoal campfires (check current fire restrictions before you go).
  • Vehicles must remain on roads and associated pullouts.
  • Do not clear vegetation.
  • Portable gas-powered stoves, lanterns and fire rings with a fuel-shutoff valve allowed with a California Campfire Permit and five feet clearance from vegetation.
  • Camp at least 200 feet from springs, water, meadows, trails and roads.
  • Camp at least a quarter-mile from designated campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads.
  • Camp at least a quarter-mile from private property and state highways.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • Leave no trace!

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Dispersed Camping Areas