RV living in Quartzsite, AZ – BLM Off Grid Winter Camping.
We made it to our winter destination in Quartzsite, AZ. It’s located about 2 hours west of Phoenix and is known to be the boondockers, snowbird capital. Every year this small town of 3,600 people grows to around 250,000 people with all the rv snowbirds trying to keep warm for the winter. Quartzsite hosts a large gem and mineral show in January with many swap meets, RV shows, and vender booths going all winter long.
We are staying in the La Posa Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) BLM Land. This BLM is approximately 11,400 acres for campers and is just a few miles from town to restock on supplies. A recreation permit is required and cost $180 for the entire season September 15th – April 15th. A short term permit is also available at $40 good for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase. For that fee you get a fresh water station, dump station, a few vault bathrooms, and trash dumpsters. There are also free BLM areas here for short term stays of 14 days or less, they don’t include water or a dump station and you would need to pay to dump in town for a fee when needed.
You have to provide your own power. We have a generator with a few good deep cycle batteries plus a solar panel. That has been working well for us so far. Some people have some pretty crazy large solar setups out here!
Right now we have lots of room from our closest neighbors, but that might change in January as more people pile in. You pretty much just pick a spot anywhere you want and set up camp.
Doris bought us a hummingbird feeder for our yard. We have two that hang out every day that we get to watch and sometimes have to duck when they zip by us. The rock landscaping was already here for us from people that camped here in the past. I guess they get bored sitting in the desert and start decorating the yard to make it feel like home.
Here is a short video of our hummingbirds that I made from rapid shot still pictures.
Every evening, we get to watch the sunset. They are just amazing most nights, with the sky filling all around you. After dark, you can hear the coyotes start to howl. Quite a peaceful and serene place to spend the winter!