#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 WEEK 3: Extreme Public Lands

Explore Your Lands

The Bureau of Land Management's #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 explores the diverse landscapes and resources on your public lands, from great camping sites to cool rock formations to ghost towns. Roadtrip Week 3, Extreme Public Lands: #mypubliclandsroadtrip takes you river rafting, mountain biking, climbing, bouldering, hang gliding and more -- all out-of-this-world adventures on America's public lands.


Beaver Creek

Float Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River in Alaska and then hike 30-50 miles to your starting point -- through the 1 million acre White Mountains National Recreation Area. Photo by Craig McCaa.

Photo by Seth Adams.

Photo by Ed Plumb.


Meadowood Trails

In 2012, the BLM opened the first constructed trail for mountain bikes on BLM lands east of the Mississippi River at Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Virginia. The trail includes boardwalk bridges, banked turns and rollers.

Black Canyon

The Black Canyon Trail in Arizona provides a challenging ride experience with various trail grades. The trail meanders through the Sonoran Desert landscape, including saguaro forests and rugged canyons. Photos by Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA.

Beck Lake Mountain

At the Beck Lake Mountain Biking Area in Cody, Wyoming, eight miles of climbing and downhill mountain biking trails include jumps and banked turns. The new trail was built for beginners to advanced riders. Photos by Nancy Patterson, BLM.

Alsea Falls

Located just outside the southern Willamette Valley, the popular Alsea Falls Trail System includes several ‘flow’ trails. In total there are 9.4 miles of trail, half of which are single track. Photos by Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA.


Woodrat Mountain

At Woodrat Mountain just outside Medford, Oregon, hang-gliding off a mountain is possible and even recommended for those paragliders and hang gliders skilled enough to catch a thermal or two. Photo by Flickr user Kristjan Morgan.

Photo by Flickr user flypfeiffer.

Photo by Flickr user flypfeiffer.


Diablo Canyon

The dramatic vertical cliffs and cracked basalt of Diablo Canyon Recreation Area offer some of the best multi-pitch tradition and sport climbing in New Mexico. In fact, over one hundred routes range from 5.8 to 5.13 in difficulty.

Volcanic Tablelands

The Volcanic Tablelands in California offer exceptional bouldering opportunities because of their geologic features formed by the volcanic eruption of Long Valley Caldera over 700,000 years ago. Photos courtesy Friends of the Inyo.


Killpecker Sand Dunes

Killpecker Sand Dunes – encompassing approximately 109,00 acres – is one of the largest Sand Dunes in the world. Off Highway Vehicle use is allowed, but only in the Sand Dunes Open Play area. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.

Little Sahara

A plentiful sand source plus strong prevailing winds equal Little Sahara, one of the largest dune fields found in Utah. You can visit Little Sahara for OHV/ATV riding, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing and solitude. Photos by Lisa Reid.

Shoshone OHV

The Shoshone OHV Trail System was the first professionally-designed trails in Nevada for both beginners and experts. The system is made up of over 45 miles of maintained OHV routes. Photos courtesy Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

Poison Spider

Poison Spider Off-Road Vehicle Park is located on the site of a former bentonite mine near Casper. This is an open ORV area, which allows visitors to explore just under 300 acres of terrain. Photos by Brady Owens.

St. Anthony

St. Anthony Sand Dunes appear as a rolling sea of sand on the eastern edge of Idaho’s volcanic Snake River Plain. This 10,600-acre playground is known for its exceptional space for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.


Tuolumne River

The Tuolumne River in California flows through the northern reaches of Yosemite National Park, before it begins a 50+ mile path of white to the valley below. Along the way, it cuts through class III to V whitewater. Photos by Daniel Brasuell.

Desolation Canyons

The Desolation Canyons section of the Green River in Utah offers outstanding scenery, interesting geologic formations and amazing whitewater opportunities. Photos by Chad Douglas, BLM.

North Fork

The famous Giant Gap run of the even more famous North Fork of the American River is one of the most challenging Class V spring runs in northern California. Cliffs tower 2,000 feet above the clear green water below. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.


Beginning in the high country of Yosemite National Park, the Merced River in California makes a headlong rush through glacially-carved canyons, rugged mountains and foothills to the San Joaquin Valley. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.

South Fork

The Gold Rush River, the South Fork of the American River, is the most popular whitewater run in California. The South Fork lurches and bucks through cataracts of boulders, drops and chutes. Photo and video by Maria Thi Mai, BLM.

Salmon River

The 425-mile Salmon River in Idaho is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. The river and its canyons are truly remarkable in this "pool and drop" river where difficult rapids are located in the narrow canyons.

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