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Terrific Winter Boondocking!

Great location. Only about 6 miles from Quartzsite, AZ where they have most supplies you need. Cell service in area but slow depending on how many campers are sharing the tower with you. We just got back from our 4th January trip there in a row.

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Free & Just North of Quartzsite

Free dispersed camping, about 4 miles north of Quartzsite, with no services available, but lots of space and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. No trash service, but this area is very close to the Refuse Transfer Station off Hwy 95. Area is quiet with no major road noise.

Be sure to register with the Camp Host on duty near the entrance to the area.

Many RVers use solar panels for all or at least part of their power needs though, so generator use is minimal.

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and beautiful! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about everything a camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

First to Review
Convenient to town

A big sandy parking lot of RV’s with both full hook-ups electric/water/sewer and dry camping options.

There are a couple of flush toilets (often no toilet paper though), $5 (passable) showers for anyone to use, and a large dumpster available near the main entrance.

The upside is that you can easily walk/bike to the Big Tent RV Show and just about anywhere in Quartzsite, the downside is that you can hear the incessant hum of Interstate 10. The managers are kind people but bring your patient hat!

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access to town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Free & Close to Quartzsite

Free dispersed camping, about 3 miles north of Quartzsite, with no services available, but lots of space and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. No trash service here, but area is very close to the Refuse Transfer Station off Hwy 95.

Be sure to register with the Camp Host on duty near the entrance to the area.

Unlike some of the other BLM land nearby where many RVers were using solar panels, nearly everyone here at Plomosa was using a generator.

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and beautiful! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about everything a camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Free & Near Downtown

Free dispersed camping, about 2 miles outside of Quartzsite, with no services available, but lots of space and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. Be sure to register with the Camp Host on duty near the entrance to the area. The major drawback is that you can hear the traffic on Interstate 10. Many RVers use solar panels for all or at least part of their power needs though, so generator use is minimal.

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and beautiful! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Free & Near Quartzsite

Free dispersed camping, about 20 miles outside of Quartzsite, with no services available, but lots of space and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. The major drawback is that you can hear the traffic on Interstate 10. We stayed here for just one night, as we were approaching Quartzsite at dusk and didn’t want to mess with finding a spot in the midst of the crowds after dark. It was a nice, easy stop for the night and put us within 30 minutes of town.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

BLM at its best!

Dispersed camping for a nominal fee ($40 for 14 days; $180 for 7 months from Sept 15-April 15; free during the summer months) and just 2.5 miles out of town. You cannot hear Interstate 10 or Hwy 95 if you choose a site close to the mountains.

Services available on-site include a few extremely well-maintained pit toilets and trash dumpsters. By paying the fee, you also have access to both potable/non-potable water and a sewage dump at La Posa South, just a few miles down Hwy 95. You are allowed to stay in one place during the duration of your stay, or move around the region. Be sure to register at the BLM office at the entrance to this area.

We stayed for a 5 days and found this area very quiet and peaceful. Just a few RVers were running gas generators, while most had solar panels, which always makes things more pleasant. Some folks have their area established for the season hence the funny signs around the property.

Gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and very easy access to hiking, mountain biking, and OHV trails. There are some Native American petroglyphs and grinding holes south of this area, along the main wash (accessible via mountain bike or OHV). Ask the BLM office for details as they are tricky to find, but worth it.

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Basic BLM camping

Dispersed camping for a nominal fee ($40 for 14 days; $180 for 7 months from Sept 15-April 15; free during the summer months) and just 1 mile outside of town, though you cannot hear either Interstate 10 or Hwy 95 if you choose a site close to the mountains. Trash dumpsters are the only service available on site, but by paying the fee, you also have access to very clean pit toilets, both potable/non-potable water, and a sewage dump at La Posa South, just a couple miles down Hwy 95. You are allowed to stay in one place during the duration of your stay, or move around the region. Be sure to register at the BLM office at the entrance to this area.

Gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and very easy access to hiking and OHV trails. Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Amazing BLM Camping with it ALL!

Dispersed camping for a nominal fee ($40 for 14 days; $180 for 7 months from Sept 15-April 15; free during the summer months) and just 4 miles outside of town. You cannot hear either Interstate 10 or Hwy 95 if you choose a site close to the mountains. Services available on-site include a few pit toilets, trash dumpsters, potable/non-potable water and a sewage dump. You are allowed to stay in one place during the duration of your stay, or move around the region. Be sure to register at the BLM office at the entrance to this area.

Gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and very easy access to hiking and OHV trails. Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Free & Walking Distance to Town

Dispersed camping for a nominal fee ($40 for 14 days; $180 for 7 months from Sept 15-April 15; free during the summer months) and within walking/biking distance of town, though you can hear the incessant hum of Interstate 10 on the northern most end of this area.

Services available on-site include a few pit toilets and trash dumpsters. By paying the fee, you also have access to both potable/non-potable water and a sewage dump at La Posa South, just a few miles down Hwy 95. You are allowed to stay in one place during the duration of your stay, or move around the region.

Be sure to register at the BLM office at the entrance to this area.

Gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and very easy access to hiking and OHV trails. Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Next to the Big Tent RV Show

A big dusty parking lot of RV’s with both full hook-ups electric/water/sewer and dry camping options. There are a couple of clean flush toilets and a large dumpster available near the main entrance. The managers are sweet and helpful people and have been in the area for years!

The upside is that you can easily walk/bike to the Big Tent RV Show and just about anywhere in downtown Quartzsite, the downside is that you can hear the incessant hum of Interstate 10 and during January show time, it is crowded. We stayed here during the duration of the Big Tent RV Show in 2019 (10 days), while working the Renogy solar booth and easily walked back and forth every day.

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access to town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Free & Gorgeous Views

Free dispersed camping, just 5 miles outside of Quartzsite, with no services available, but lots of space and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. This BLM area seemed to have less traffic and you could not hear the incessant hum of traffic on Interstate 10. You could hear a bit from Hwy 95, but it’s much less frequent and annoying.

Gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and very easy access to hiking and OHV trails. Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

Free & Close to Town

Free dispersed camping, just 3.5 miles outside of Quartzsite, with no services available, but lots of space and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. Be sure to register with the Camp Host on duty near the entrance to the area. The major drawback is that you can hear the traffic on Interstate 10. Combine that with the folks running generators and the noise might drive you further out of town. To be fair, many RVers use solar panels for all or at least part of their power needs.

Scaddan Wash is the site of the annual RubberTramp Rendezvous, held during early January. The famed RTR is a gathering of like-minded mobile dwellers living in everything from new Class A motorhomes to small home-made truck campers. Everyone is welcome and workshops are free! It’s pretty awesome and the numbers of people coming to this event have doubled nearly each year.

Sunrises and sunsets are endless and jaw dropping! Easy access back into town for food, gas, firewood, laundry, and just about anything an RVer or camper could need.

Check out this article for more info about the Quartzsite region: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/local/rv-campers-guide-quartzsite-az/

First to Review
Very friendly!

Checked in to this quiet well kept KOA for very reasonable price with barely anyone in the park for one overnighter. There was a game room, store and DVD rental library. Very surprised to see pool/jacuzzi were clean & warm for nice soak (nice after a long haul in November) Talked to quite a few Alaskans that were passing through morning after at the clubhouse coffee social which was very pleasant while waiting for laundry! Daughter said shower was nice and hot. Not much more you could ask for.

The "lake" that never sleeps?

Lake Havasu is party city as far as lakes are concerned. Plenty of drinking and skin showing. It is large, however, so you can get away from it a little if you find a quiet cove. I've never seen this lake quiet but it's still an escape from the heat and also a good place for water activities as a group and not to mention, it's beautiful. Or, if you're social, boat up to a sandbar. The water always seems to be warm. You can camp right on the shoreline. Part of our group was on the shoreline by the little lighthouse while we stayed in the trailers.

a really nice place

it has full hookups hot showers a lot if grassy areas to hang out

Amazingly gorgeous with primitive camping.

Bring everything you need because you can’t depend on others camping nearby.

Havasu !

No frills - gotta like the outdoors it’s hot hot hot !!! Water sport country bring the boat the family have a great time

its no frills so you need everything if you camp here

GREAT!

This was on the Colorado River so it was pretty great. We were here in July and it was HOT! I mean HOT! There are no shaded spots either so our RV was running the AC non stop. They BBQ food you can buy by the plate. There are 2 pool and a tiki bar to buy snaks and alcohol. The pools and bar are shaded. There is a store also. I would definitely stay here again. Loved it!

Beautiful Oasis on the Colorado River

Clean and well maintained campground in the desert. It does get hot so full hookups in the summer is a must. The pool was a nice break from the river. We brought our kayaks but the water was flowing way to fast and boats were driving by at high speed so we never got to use them. The office staff is friendly. If you borrow a cable box, be sure to return it the day before, when the office is open, if you plan on leaving early in the morning. If you don't, you will have to wait until the office is open. The showers and bathrooms were very clean. Lots of activities for the kids. Very dog friendly. Our pup was exhausted. There is a large slide and the kids seem to really have a good time.

Would definitely get riverside on my next visit.

First to Review
Only BLM Overnight Campground on Parker Strip. Earp, CA

Crossroads Campground is located on the riverfront of the beautiful Lower Colorado River. This campground is popular with winter visitors looking to enjoy the warm winter temperatures and relax on the riverfront. This campground has great access to fishing, boating and off-roading.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the shoreline of the Lower Colorado River. The river runs through a backdrop of steep rocky terrain, and wind shaped sand dunes. The area is teeming with wildlife, especially fish, migratory birds and small mammals.

Recreation:

The Lower Colorado River offers excellent boating, fishing, canoeing and swimming opportunities. The campground provides river front views and a beach.

Just follow the Parker Dam Road Scenic Backcountry Byway to various recreation sites along the river. The Rock House Visitor Center and Boat Launch are within a mile of the campground, and offers information and a free boat launch open year-round.

Other popular activities in the Parker Strip Recreation Area include hiking, biking, rock hounding and off-road vehicle travel.

Facilities:

This small campground contains individual campsites and one accessible campsite. All of the sites are dry camping (no water) and provide a picnic table and grill.

One vault toilet is available. There is a Campground Host available to answer questions.

Nearby Attractions:

The Copper Basin Dunes and Crossroads Off- Highway Vehicle Open Areas offer miles of off-road adventures. Rock hounders enjoy hiking and driving through the area to search for unique rocks.

Rock House Visitor Center has a free boat launch and a visitor center stocked with brochures and information about the area.

Havasupai campgrounds

Clean water spring available. Steps away from the falls. Beautiful campground with nice facilities for bathrooms.

Gem show

I come here every year for the gem show!

Decent winter camping

This is our go-to spot in the winter. 2 hours from Phoenix. This is all ugly desert landscape, but the lake is nice and the night sky is AMAZING! We pay $22 per night for water and electric. Spots are pretty close to each other. They have a ranger store that sells pretty much everything. The bathrooms are always clean with flush toilets and showers. The weather is close to perfect in the winter, gets pretty cold at night. I wouldn’t recommend going in the summer as the temps reach well over 100. We have fished there, but have never caught anything. The fishermen on boats bring in a ton of fish, so if you have a boat then you’ll have better luck. It’s always very windy at night, so remember to put your awnings up! We made that mistake our first time there. I’m sure we’ll go back next winter since it’s close to Phoenix and reasonably priced. We get pretty good cell service too. There are a ton of spots and are reservable online. They also have small cabins you can rent.

Great campground. Very clean. Friendly employees.

Good fishing. There is a boat ramp and swimming area. Hiking trail available. General store.

Great Fishing!

I grew up in Arizona and had never been to Alamo Lake. The lake is kind of in the middle of nowhere but what a hidden treasure. We camped there in March 2018. It was on the warm side. The area is best suited for camping October - March. This is the desert people. Or if you have a giant RV with air conditioning and cable television, you could go anytime. Fish early in the morning and late at night.

The campground is rather large with different areas for tent camping and hook-ups. We stayed with an electric and water hook-up in a pop-up tent trailer. There were lots of big rigs and toy haulers. We definitely had toy envy with only our pop-up and kayaks. This is a big ATV area so there were lots of ATVs riding around. People also had speed boat and canoes. The campground was not completely full even though it was Easter weekend. It was also relatively quiet. The bathrooms were sparkling clean and had nice showers with hot water. There was also an AMAZING fish cleaning area at each campsite loop. If you aren't really a campsite person, there is dispersed camping available by the shore but you need to drive down a dirt road through a tiny fork in the road "town" called Wayside. There is a bar/restaurant/store/campground/gas station in Wayside. The next town is about 30 miles away.

We found some great fishing which is unusual for Arizona. We caught bass, bluegill and catfish. We saw people catching a lot of fish. They have bass fishing competitions at this lake and I can see why.

The lake is surrounded by pretty red mountains. The sky is a beautiful blue. I highly recommend the area. Not too crowded, good fishing, nice clean campground. What more could you want but maybe a nice cold beer!

No Shade and No Privacy

Lake Havasu is a beautiful lake with lots of wildlife and it's very scenic too. We visit every year, either in January or April because we have family in the area. The Best Park of Camping at Lake Havasu State Park is using it as a base for kayaking and fishing on the lake. The park itself has decent amenities, but it definitely caters to motor boats, and people with lots of toys. We only bring a small tent so we kind of stick out among the huge RVs. The place is packed in the evenings, but it thins out during the day when everyone is on the water. Because there are so many boats on the lake and at the boat launch, the fumes can be a bit overbearing. Also, there is no shade at all, which I guess I kind of expected. Luckily we were there in January, so that part was okay.

There is a nice playground and swimming area for kids, but there were also very loud campers on either side of us. Next time, we are going to stay at one of the BLM sites on the lake. We've heard they are very quiet and peaceful.

Can’t be beat for miles and miles...

The Wayside Oasis is in the middle of nowhere. I’m not kidding - pretty much the only place to stay between Alamo Lake and Wickenburg. With location being ever in their favor, they don’t have to try very hard to be appreciated out in the middle of the desert, but everyone at Alamo Lake raves about the food here. It’s straightforward bar food but they do it up right and being able to add a cold beer makes it that much better! Plus it’s nice to have access to laundry facilities after getting all stinky catching fish at the lake :)

Cute Campgrounds + Golf

This is a cute little place to camp if you are in the middle of your way across the desert southwest and want to get in a round of golf as well!

It's a bit boring and I can only imagine enjoying a stay in the middle of winter, as it's hot and flat and there are no trees to speak of, but in October-March it's probably lovely. I was here on the last weekend in September and highs were still in the mid-90s so a round of golf early in the morning would be nice and then maybe a jaunt across the street to the local library to beat the heat for the afternoon. . .

The grounds have electric, water, and grills with basic campsites. There's also a Pro Shop for the golf course, a playground (that looked dreadfully hot this afternoon), and I saw a baseball diamond and basketball courts in the distance. A very nice gentleman who I assume works the grounds stopped to chat with me and was very welcoming, I'd certainly consider staying here if it made sense during my journey, but at least for me, this is not a "destination" campground.

Hidden Gem

Every time I mention Alamo Lake, even people who have lived in Arizona forever say "where"? It's quite a drive to what feels like the middle of nowhere, but totally worth the trip. It's like a mini-Lake Pleasant without all the jet skies and power boats. Campgrounds are basic but serviceable and the far side of the lake has nice sandy beaches for additional camping outside the official park.

I just returned from a camping trip here this weekend and the lake was totally different from my last visit. This lake is not fed by any dedicated water source and it was designed for flood control, so it's level varies greatly from year to year based on winter rain/snow fall during the previous winter. The lake this weekend was THREE TIMES bigger than when I saw it in the spring of 2016 - about 17,000 acres and close to full right now. I'd love to give the park a one-star review just so no one will go there and it can be my great little secret! The drive there is a bit boring, and it's funny to note that while driving the 30 miles or so out Salome road, the "watch for cattle" signs are paired with warnings painted on the road AND rumble strips about every 300 years while in Maricopa county, but as soon as you cross into La Paz county the yellow signs and road paint continue, but the rumble strips disappear :)

There are 5 camping sections with different amenities for each - I prefer the B section because most of the sites have views of the lake, but section A has showers near the cabin rentals (they are only a short walk from B, so it makes staying closer to the lake a win still). Sections C, D, and E are off the first road you can enter and are much more primitive, although they are serviced by their own launch and fish cleaning station. Sections A and B are near the ranger station/camp store that sells all kinds of stuff you might forget and snacks, and has a gas pump outside (I did not inquire about purchasing gas and the pump looks like it's quite an antique. . .)

It's a bit desolate and can be hot and to be honest, kind of boring if you don't have a plan. I love taking my kayak because it's so quiet and it's a great lake for birding - I saw tons of migrating water birds this weekend, as well as an osprey, Harris hawks, and an owl early this morning. There are also tons of wild burros, coyotes, and other desert creatures. This is a fishing lake and pretty much everyone who drives all the way out to Alamo Lake is going for the same reason - to sit in a serene lake on a quiet boat and catch a ton of fish. This is not a hiking lake - I did not see any trails other than just paths here and there through the park.