US Public Lands

4.4 (587)
189.5 MB
Age rating
Current version
Two Steps Beyond
Last update
1 year ago
Version OS
12.0 or later
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User Reviews for US Public Lands

4.42 out of 5
587 Ratings
3 months ago, stupiduniquenamereq
Nearly Useful
Wanted an app like this. It's close. The color overlay is ok except green areas because the default map color is green. Must squint and guess. Should let you tap to get management info about a the location. Maybe change default map color or allow configuration of overlay/map colors. Yes, you can choose "basic map" with white default color to help, but lose roads and whatnot. You can zoom in but some areas have fuzzy, gradient borders. Shouldn't the GIS data be very clear about boundaries?
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8 years ago, klein78
A tad more useful
I am upping my review to 2 stars mainly due to fact that if you are in the boonies, at least you would click the 'basic' map and 'locate' and you may know if you are trespassing or not. The good: - it keeps you 'legal' as much as possible; if in doubt, better backtrack thou - low cost for doing above Still bad: - I think it uses Apple maps which is inferior to Google in showing all the tiny roads (off roads - even though I found many Google tiny roads that were gone when checking them on location but still showing on maps - not this app problem to fix). - you need to download google offline maps, then toggle between this app and google maps to navigate the maze of off roads when off grid - still misses large areas that are accessible to public but again, not big deal since there are so many public lands in western states Ideally when in the boonies and no coverage, satellite view is critical if you want to change locations if one proves inaccessible. Being able to download ahead of time the sat view and terrain view from google then lay over the ownership map, would make this app worth a lot. I would pay easily 50$ for one stop shop. Other apps that do that are pricey and require subscription etc. Again, great idea, I hope the developers improve it.
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9 years ago, BaadB
Brilliant app!
The info you get from the government sites on where exactly blm starts or even where blm land is located is very hard to pinpoint. This app allows you to search by name and while not accurate to exact boundaries is more accurate than the blm website. The maps there are very hard to read while this one is overlaid on actual maps so you can figure out directions and get where you want to go. I like that it also covers other government land for you to stay on. This app is a must have if you love camping off the beaten track.
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6 years ago, pgib9981
It does what it says it does
My husband and I love 4-wheeling out to the middle of nowhere and staying a few days. Many times we’ve wondered if we were on BLM land or not. Now we know. I love that it shows your gps location on the map in conjunction with the colored map overlays. (Although I don’t believe it shows the coordinates.) If you’re looking for a basic app that shows if you’re on public land or not, then this is the app for you. If you need something that shows campgrounds and has all the frills, then look elsewhere.
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11 months ago, MB Tucson
Maps not vey accurate
I purchased this app to help me find legal shooting locations on national forest land. Unfortunately, the detail and accuracy of the maps are not good enough for me to rely upon. I live next to national forest land, but the app shows that my house and all the homes around me are on national forest land, which they are not. Hopefully over time the maps will get better. Nevertheless, the app is well done. I just think it needs a better database to draw upon. I would like to see the national forest system put out more detailed information for app developers to draw upon.
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8 years ago, Micklongley
Great for finding public lands
This is a great app for finding public lands but isn't quite as accurate as high dollar apps like Hunt. It's a great quick reference and is super helpful when roaming around the country looking for little pockets to boondock.
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2 years ago, rosimak
Useless if you need any detail
We live in a rural area that is a mix of private and public land. I bought this app hoping it would let me know where it’s safe to hike without trespassing, but it doesn’t even show the private property that I already know of. It shows half of the neighboring subdivision and all of the private land near a local reservoir as part of the national forest. I deleted it almost as soon as I bought it because I knew it wouldn’t be useful at all here. Only consider this app if you need it in the most general sense; do not trust it if you are out on the land and want accurate boundaries.
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5 years ago, Slimbeaux
Love the New Update
With this new update any review more then 6 months old may not tell the whole story. With the new update to fully use the features you need cell service. But being able to have three different view. With satellite view you can see if there are other campers there. Then turn on the overlay to see who is the land manager. Great tool.
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8 years ago, climberjohn
Lacking major areas
Initially I had some I hopes for this app, but after a few minutes of looking, I'm not too impressed. For example, it has large areas of state forest land in the Oregon coast range shown correctly, but then north of Highway 26, where there are thousands of acres of continuous forest land, none of it is shown. Also, there are no Indian reservation boundaries, which should be easy to add onto the app and would be very helpful to have visible. I much prefer a Gaia GPS with a pro subscription, which has a Public Lands overlay that is much more comprehensive.
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8 years ago, Jiffy fifth
Great app.
Seems most of the folks writing negative reviews did not read the limitations of the app. If you know what you are buying, I think you will find this is an awesome app. It's not going to find a 100 acre parcel and says that up front. A square mile is 640 acres which is the stated accuracy.
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8 years ago, NomadicMichael
When was the last time you bought a paper map from the BLM office? And then how long did you use it? This app is SO much better and allows you to see where you are on the maps combined with satellite images. Thanks for building great tools.
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4 years ago, timothi_banks
Appreciated simplicity
I use more detailed apps like Gaia GPS with premium layers to do deep investigation. But this app is great to have un the toolbox for its shear simplicity. Great for quick regional overviews to gather a sense of where to more granularly investigate. Thanks for making great use of these datasets, and implementing them in a clean and elegant way. Looks great on ipad.
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7 years ago, Ldevereaux
Good but could be better
I like the satellite map with the color-coded overlay. You can see streets and figure out how to get places. But there's no measurement bar to indicate how large you've made the map or how far a place is from the highway. And as others have noted, small campgrounds or BLM dispersed camping areas don't show up. I can find these on free camping apps but not on this map.
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3 years ago, TurkishVan
Needs ability to share/archive pin locations
I wanted to pin some of my favorite camping locations but found no way to share (with others or between different devices) or import/export. Also missing many public lands in PNW such as near port Angeles (especially state and county parks and DNR land )
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1 month ago, EttaLea
Hard to read and understand Eastern US
It’s difficult to use this app. I’m simply trying to identify land with dispersed camping, are Fish and Wildlife holdings displayed here because they have that? Also a lot of back and forth and guessing to use the color key that identifies the type of land that is overlaid. Quite regret this purchase.
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5 years ago, toad555555
Very helpful
It does does what it says it will do. I’m a boondocker and this helps me determine if I’m on federal land and what agency owns it. Used in conjunction with a camping app such as UC, you’ll be all set to head out into the wide open spaces.
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5 years ago, Me71169
New version of Publlic Lands
Love the new app and detailed data
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6 years ago, Scruffy 23
So inaccurate it’s basically worthless.
Less than two minutes into comparing the maps on this app to actual BLM maps it’s strikingly inaccurate! Hikers and hunters beware, this app could easily put you on private land. One look at neighborhoods in my area and it shows BLM and Forest Service land where there’s entire neighborhoods of private property with .5 to 40+ acre parcels. I want my money back.
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5 years ago, JJoyce8977
Great App!
This is an excellent app that makes our life so much easier. The developers have really improved it over the years.
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9 years ago, Sno*Jet
Worth it
Totally worth it however I'm disappointed that it doesn't show private lands. I bought it for camping/hunting/off-roading it would be also nice to be able to use as a turn by turn navigation with the iPhone.
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4 years ago, NOGO1234567890-
The idea is great BUT the maps they have based the app on (newest versions as I just downloaded yesterday) is useless. When you look at the map in detail WHOLE TOWNS, STREETS are shown as US Forest where as there are miles and miles private land whihc is not shown. Consider that you are parked in the parking lot of a supermarket in a rural town and it shows you as being on US Forest land. That is USELESS
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7 years ago, Mellerz13
Waste of $3
If you travel the country and you're looking for a better app I suggest "the ultimate US public campground". Unlike this worthless app it gives you coordinates and helpful information. This app simply shows what land is for public use. This would be helpful if I didn't know about the other aforementioned app. I wish I could get a refund.
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4 years ago, Cane bastardo
I purchased this app hoping to make sure I don’t intrude on private property near the winnemucca area . Not sure how I’m supposed to do that with areas of maps that look like a checkered board. Even if I zoom in, the checkers don’t become defined areas. Wish I could post a picture of what it looks like. Terrible. Waste of money
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4 years ago, Sonex781
I love this app!
I use Public Lands all the time. We are full time RV’ers and we use the app to find or confirm public land boondocking sites. Highly recommended.
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9 years ago, Nancybee237
An essential for camping!
This app alone is worth buying a smartphone for. You won't need to wonder where it's legal to camp. This app will tell you.
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2 years ago, Aore Jim
This app is just a rehash of low resolution publicly available info but once you sign up for it the subscription doesn’t show up to be cancelled but you keep getting charged. This “feature” is obviously where they focused their efforts.
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3 years ago, Hrothgar105
Not useful
I got this app hoping it would show me where I could legally camp and where I could not. The “forest” overlay covered vast areas indiscriminately, including swathes of private land and even a small town (Nederland, CO). As of writing this in October 2020, this app is absolutely useless. I recommend using official US National Forest “motor vehicle use” maps instead.
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3 years ago, imtonyandimdumb
Amazing app
I love this app and I have been using it for years. Great for cross referencing sat maps to find free places to camp.
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8 years ago, TSSpec
Great app!
Great App, does what it says it does. Very helpful. Would love to be able to "drop a pin" or similar, and get gps coordinates.
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1 year ago, kona4n7
Not accurate
In using this app for the last year it has become very clear that the maps within the app do not accurately list or show privately owned lands within BLM and USFS boundaries.
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2 years ago, snowy owlzz
State Lands????
Great app! Comes in very useful. I wonder though if/when state owned lands will be added?
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4 years ago, crazy krauts
Best App for RVers
We use this app all the time for finding beautiful boondocking spots on public land. The new version with the overlay is amazing
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3 years ago, JA616616
Not Specific Enough
Not nearly specific enough. This app just shows large swaths of land, with mixed private and state showing as state land. I can get the same information from a small thumbnail.
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3 years ago, Rikadoo
So i uploaded all 3 and my first Acquaintance with this app shows the”general” area however there are no difinitve markers to help me deal with the boundreys... its ALL VAUGE! Hope it gets better, be sure to read the reviews... IM JUST SAYIN!
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5 years ago, Tallisan
Great app
We use this all the time when looking for Boondocking opportunities. Love it
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4 years ago, Joeyo
Don’t expect support...
The map is functional but very basic. In Arizona we have a particular type of public land called State Trust land where the rules are very different. I was hoping this would help me differentiate the land types in Arizona, but it shows all state trust land as National Forest. I contacted the developers about this and gave them a link to a GIS showing much more detailed land types in Arizona including state trust land. Got a 1-line response saying “The app name and description is very clear on what is included.”
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9 years ago, rogerracer
Not what I expected
This doesn't really tell me anything about where I can camp. Just boundries of Government land. I guess I expected too much or misread the description.
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7 years ago, Get old version back
Save yourself the $2.99 and find alternative tools. This app is not intuitive or detailed enough to be of any value. Feel like I just gave $3 for a color coded map that actually already exists on line for free.
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4 years ago, Sooook eeeeeeet
Great app
This app is great for figuring out what public land you are on for camping etc.
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7 years ago, ANDIRONCOUNTY
Worth the money.
Just remember, camp real close to the highway,much safer.
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4 years ago, cm823
I was disappointed to find that this app does not show real boundary lines. Not helpful at all to be able to tell if you’re actually trespassing on private land.
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6 years ago, Lew in Chicago
I paid for this? How is this useful? No resolution worth using on these maps. Download Avenza and use the MVU maps from BLM for real, up to date info about where we can and cannot go and dry camp...for free.
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8 years ago, Maladetto
Just told me i spent night on someone's private land! Whoops...
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8 years ago, Livinthelifeofme
Not very accurate
The BLM parcels are not very accurate when compared to a actual map from the BLM. Small BLM parcels are missing. BLM parcels and private lands within the boundaries of CA State Parks are not shown.
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8 years ago, Rksracing
Not useful
This should be a free app-- many gps apps have this same info combined with more helpful features.
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5 years ago, K8BRF
Nice update!
This is a nice update to an already cool app.
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7 years ago, Gopackers0712
helpful app
only 4 stars because you will need to cross reference with google maps, but it's a really useful app for those who want to explore and camp in beautiful spots for free
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4 years ago, abrhamwhires
Public lands
Works great
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4 years ago, MsDao
Worthless. Don’t waste your $
Wow, I feel bamboozled. This app shows swaths of BLM land... etc... but you can’t zoom in and see any detail. Like the highway or street, kind of critical. Boooooo.
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9 years ago, Ruplinger Family
Wish I could get my money back
Not accurate at all. Does not show private land within public lands.
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