Camping on BLM Land at Quartzsite, AZ

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Last updated on April 27th, 2009 at 06:57 pm

This is High Season for RVers visiting Quartzsite and it can be nearly impossible to find a site in an RV park so most RVers plan to dry camp in the desert on BLM land.

If you are planning to stay in Quartzsite for just a few days you will probably want to stay in one of the free camping areas.

Quartzsite BLM – Free Camping

Free camping not to exceed 14 days in a 28-day period is permitted in non-fee Quartzsite BLM areas:

  • Plomosa Road: Take 95 north of Quartzsite to the Plomosa Road turnoff. The free camping areas are on the north and south sides of Plomosa Road.
  • Hi Jolly/MM112: Head about 3 miles north of Quartzsite on US Highway 95 at mile marker 112 on right side.
  • Dome Rock Mountain: West from Quartzsite about 6 miles. Take I-10 west to the Dome Rock exit. Camping is south of the Frontage Road (Kuehn Street).
  • Scaddan Wash: About 3.5 miles east of Quartzsite. Take the I-10 Frontage Road from the mile marker 19 exit east. The camping area is south of the Frontage Road (Kuehn Street).
  • Road Runner: This Quartzsite BLM camping area is on the west side of US 95, about 5 miles south at mile marker 99 on US Highway 95.

Quartzsite BLM – Long Term Visitor Areas

Planning to stay in Quartzsite for a while? Your best bet is to camp in the La Posa Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA). You’ll find it South of I-10, and running on both sides of Route 95 .

FACILITIES PROVIDED: 10 vault toilets (handicap accessible), dry dump station, dump station with water, water station (eight faucets), trash services, some paved / improved roads, dance floor and ramada.

FEES / PERMITS REQUIRED: A Long Term Visitor Area Permit is required from September 15th through April 15th each season. The cost is $180.00 and is valid for up to 7 months. A Short Term Permit can be purchased for a 14-day stay. This permit is $40.00. Permits may be purchased at LTVA entrances or at the BLM Yuma Field Office located at 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road in Yuma.

The La Posa LTVA is divided into 4 sections. Each has it’s own entrance:

  • La Posa West is just south of the RV Show Big Tent.
  • Across the street from the West section is the North section of the La Posa LTVA.
  • Further south along the west side of Route 95 is the entrance to the south section of La Posa LTVA.
  • Across Hwy 95 from La Posa South is the Tyson Wash section.

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