is it legal to build a small cabin in the backcountry of Utah or colorado? I saw one when skiing in the backcountry between the canyons and park city when I lived in Utah and it seems like an awesome way to live. I'm sure people do it alot, but I'm just wondering if it's legal to.
Forest patrol in the summer possibly? That's when I would built it so they could probably stop me. I just think a small cabin in the backcountry somewhere that I can skin or ski to and stay for a few nights while skiing mad pow would be awesome
This may be true, but there's probably a bunch of limitations to it. There's no way you could say you occupied 60 acres of perfect mountain land for 7 years and get away with getting it for free. Most of the BC stuff in CO and UT is either state or federal land I think, or forestry land.
Good luck building anything in the wasatch and keeping it a secret. You would even be hard pressed to keep something like that secret in the Uintas. The only place you could just build something in Utah and no one would know is all south of I-70 and east of I-15. But you could go a head and try, if you just built a small bungalo you could probably hide it pretty well or just stay in the numerous cabins strewn across the wasatch. Hell there are two right above layton you can stay in whenever you want, us locals keep it pretty well stocked with propane.
I suggest you read "Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties" by Danial C. Beard before pulling any shananagans. Your mind will be blown.
Yes, you can definitely do this if you go about it right.
The 7 year thing isn't true though. it's based off of the homestead act, which is an outdated settlement policy from the days of manifest destiny which said you could gain rights to land if you cultivated it for 5 years or you could purchase it outright after 6 months.
Nowadays though, under the General Hardrock Mining Law, all youwould have to do is claim (with no proof) that you found minerals on public land and you can gain rights to build a house on that land as long as you spend $100 in work there. That could include something as simple as spending $100 in gas to drive there and back. New claims for this haven't really int he past 10 years or so but you can buy old claims.
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