What draws over 250,000 people from all over the country to go RVing on BLM in Quartzsite, AZ each year? That was actually a question we asked ourselves. That is, until we spent our first winter there. I must confess, we were not big fans of the desert until we stayed there. Now we’re hooked. Below are just a few reasons why we like camping in Quartzite, AZ.
Well, almost! You can stay 14 days on BLM (see map of Quartzite Links) for free, or you can stay in the LTVA area (Long Term Living Area) for up to 6 months for $180.00. If you prefer having city services there are also plenty of RV parks to choose from in Quartzsite.
Hang Around the Campfire
There’s nothing like having a warm campfire to snuggle up to at night. As soon as we arrive, I get a kick out of watching Terri gather huge rocks nearby and building a great fire-pit. She even borders our site with rocks. If you get to Quartzite early enough you can find sites that previous campers have previously marked out. Some already have a nice fire-pit built, or you can create your own.
Huge Camp Site / Mini-Ranch
It’s like having your own mini-ranch to call ‘home’ while you’re there. Don’t get me wrong – we love RV parks and resorts, but often times the sites in RV parks are narrow and we’re packed in like sardines. We enjoy neighbors, but it’s nice to have some space and room to roam. You can easily have several acres between you and your neighbor when you’re RVing on BLM in Quartzsite.
The Big Tent starts around the middle of January each year and you will find just about every RVing gadget you can think of there. Also, there are car shows and rock hound shows going on as well. Check out the (Quartzite Links) for more information.
Discover the Caveman in You
Some of our friends and even our fellow RVers think we’re nuts because we enjoy dry camping so much. I guess it is the survival man or caveman in me that wants to see just how long we can go using only our solar system and not having any water or sewer hookups. Yep, we’re RVing on BLM with all the comforts you’d find in an RV park or house. We don’t consider it roughing it by any means. We have everything you’d would typically have in the city by using our solar panels, battery banks, TV satellite and internet. We spent over 2 months boondocking on BLM land on our last trip. Quartzsite is the mecca for folks like us and it is fun to check out all the thousands of other rigs with their solar systems all coming together to enjoy their shared passion of boondocking in the desert.
Lots of Other Things To Do
Hiking & prospecting trails are everywhere. Last trip we had a blast renting an ATV and exploring some of the old mines there. Another fun thing to do is to take a day trip to the Laughlin Casinos. Or, how would you like to discover the adventure in you by 4-wheeling through the back country to visit a nearby ghost town?
Even More Things to Do!
Go Exploring for ancient petroglyphs that are thousands of years old!
Relax and Enjoy the Warm Sunshine
I have a hard time relaxing, but out here it comes naturally.
Need a place to kick back in the winter? If so, Quartzsite, AZ just might be the place for you.
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