We spent three weeks boondocking here, which was our first long term boondocking experience. We absolutely loved it. Everyone we met was incredibly friendly and helpful. As soon as we arrived and started setting up, our neighbors wandered over to introduce themselves and welcome us. They were long-timers who'd been staying here for the winter in the same spot for over a decade. We were really impressed by the well organized and supportive community atmosphere here. During the night this place is amazingly dark and quiet... great star gazing opportunities. It took us a few days to get used to the silence out here! Note that this place isn't going to be for everyone because it's dusty (it's the desert after all), you have to haul your own water, deal with your own sewage, and provide for your own electricity. But if you arrive properly prepared, it's a wonderful experience and super CHEAP camping! We plan on coming back next season for a longer stay. Verizon cell and data service was strong and fast, but AT&T's wireless was extremely weak and unusable. The nightly rate listed is for a two week $40 permit. If you buy a $180 permit good for 7 months, that brings the nightly rate down to less than $1. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A very interesting place to dry camp. High desert landscape with mountains in the distance. A very large area so if you want to get off by yourself you can. Quite a few permanent winter residents but since the area is so huge that's no problem. Gravel/dirt roads. The reservoir can be accessed and we saw people on the beach and in the water when we arrived in the late afternoon. Next morning we woke up to wild burros looking in the cab window. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our favorite California Arizona BLM LTVA, a get away from it place between Yuma and Quartzsite. The topography here is different from the other LTVA's in the area as it is bisected with deeper washes, gullies and in some places, something akin to canyons. It has a large dump station and fresh water station, plus filtered water, propane and a post office are nearby. It is a "find a spot and park" place where you can be with others or off by yourself as you choose. We enjoyed the semi-organized hikes that take place, though you can be a loner if you want and hike to some great back country areas. Many people seem to come year after year, yet newcomers are readily accepted. This is a great place to spend a few days, weeks or months during the winter. 2012 cost was $40 for a two week permit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is open Desert and can be used for short term or long term camping. A pass which can be purchased from the entrance area for 14 days $40.00 or six months for $140.00. The pass is also good for the Quartzsite area BLM area camping also. As you enter the camping area: there is water available and a six station dump area which is all concrete and paved leading to it (very nice). Camping is where ever you can find a spot you like. One of the drawbacks is you are about 23 miles from Yuma. So if you are planning on making daily trips to town or going to Mexico, this might be a little inconvenient. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This large "community" of snowbirds consists of many acres of desert adjacent to the Imperial Dam Project on the Colorado River,about 40 minutes from Yuma, AZ. US Army's Yuma Proving Ground is next door on the Arizona side of the dam. Nightly rate reflects 2010-2011 fees were for short-term (up to 14 days for $40). $180 for all season. Passes are good at all LTVAs. Water, sewer dump, and trash dumpsters are provided at the entrance/contact station. Also nearby are 2 restroom and shower buildings along with camper bulletin boards with classified/club/activity/newsletter/ information. RVs not self-contained are required to camp near the restrooms. What to expect: Usually mild, sunny days. Some wind almost every day, sometimes gusty with sand (don't leave your awnings out if go somewhere!). Beautiful sunrises and sunsets! What to do: Sunning, reading (campground has its own "liberry" co-op) fishing, hiking, nearby golf, karaoke on weekend. Sightseeing: You can visit the nearby Army base and museums; play at nearby Indian casinos; shop in Yuma or Algodones, Mexico. Quartzite is about 1 1/2 hours north. This is great place for a new RVer to start boondocking as there are plenty of folks if you need help or advice. I come here and make new friends every year! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is dry camping in the desert on BLM land located near Imperial Dam and the Yuma Proving Ground. There are no designated sites, and while a short section of the entrance road is paved, and several other "roads" are gravel, most of the roads or tracks are native material which is mixture of rack and dirt. You can get there either by taking S-24 north from Yuma, or US-95 north from Yuma to Imperial Dam Road. This is a fee area, 14 days are $40.00 (2009-10 season), which can be renewed. There is also a 7 month rate which is $140 (2009-10 season). There is a dump station, fresh water and dumpsters. There are also restrooms near the entrance and consequently this area can get fairly crowded. If you like solitude, you have plenty of opportunities for that. One small problem is the wind, which never seems to stop blowing. You may also hear the explosions from testing at the Proving Ground on occasion. This is a great place to get away from it all without the masses of people that are typical of the Quartzsite LTVA's, but yet you are in close proximity to Yuma for shopping. We try to stay here for at least a couple of weeks each year prior to going to Quartzsite for the Big RV Show week. We camped here in a Motorhome.