Monday, June 5, 2023


Quartzsite boondocking areas full, new rules in place

The Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River District, has issued this statement about one of the most popular boondocking areas in the Southwest. LTVA’s are Long Term Visitor Areas.

Currently, the La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash LTVAs south of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Imperial Dam LTVA in California, remain open to the public, but are currently at maximum capacity.  Dispersed camping areas near the LTVAs are also full.

You should look for alternative camping locations. Please call our Lake Havasu Field Office (928-505-1200) or Yuma Field Office (928-317-3200) for the latest information on potential camping areas. While the BLM has waived day-use fees to our recreation sites, overnight fees remain in effect for the LTVAs.

La Posa LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ. File photo.

It is our intention that after April 15 the LTVAs will convert to 14-day camping areas, as they do each year.  However, after April 15, amenities such as toilets, trash removal and wastewater dumping services (both black and gray water) may no longer be provided due to contractor, staff, and supply shortages.

After April 15, you should be prepared to pack out your trash and to find alternative means of dumping wastewater, since dumping of any kind is prohibited on public lands. You should also plan to bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


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Eric davis
3 years ago

Sad day in QZ. Herbs hardware closing.. it is very sad.. i spent many years living and working in QZ in the winter months. Work on many of my own projects and helping others.. Herbs had a way to make almost any repair. A bit of trivia some of the people ther have strong ties to the NW.

3 years ago

I am currently at a BLM near Quartzside and the BLM’s are nearly empty. They have signs when entering that say at capacity. ‘Hog wash’ I am in walking distance of Quartzsite and I can only see 2 rv’s.

Jo sine
3 years ago

April 8th..i too spent night in quartzite..IT IS NOT FULL..NOT EVEN CLOSE.Four camps in sight. Please re-evaluate”” your information.

Steve Salvesen
3 years ago

Who stays in southern Arizona in the summer??

Topher Sean
3 years ago

Why is it that they havent suspended the 14 day stay limit? By doing so, they would stop people from jumping place to place, in effect helping to spread whatever people may spread. Makes sense to me. Js

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Topher Sean

People who use these areas are not spreading the virus. No one is ‘mingling’. Our experience with this area is that people use these “dispersed camping areas” to STAY AWAY from people even in ‘normal’ times. Probably the safest place to be these days.

3 years ago


Shanana RAIN Golden-Bear, Desert Messenger News
3 years ago

I live in Quartzsite and BLM is NOT at capacity. I didn’t even know there is such a thing with all the thousands of acres of dispersed camping in our area. 11,000 acres of LTVA plus 5 Free Camping areas around town are obviously not full at this time of year. Just because BLM said it, does not mean it’s true. The photo chosen for this story is not in current, as stated, but still gives the false impression.

John T
3 years ago

Very few people here at Plomosa Road BLM outside Quartzsite. You can easily park over 100 yards from your nearest neighbor. Lots of room further down Plomosa Road on the way to Bouse too. Tons of spaces in the Quartzsite RV parks, and they should now be charging cheap summer rates. Hi Jolly BLM on Rt 95 does look fairly crowded.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

We just got home from the Plamosa Rd area. Tons of camping room, and STILL, your neighbor will be a block or more away. The Hi Jolly area, as John T mentioned, is pretty crowded, but it ALWAYS is. I’ve never understood that. The roads are bumpy and folks just crowd in. Maybe because it’s closer to Quartzsite proper.

I wish we could have spent more time, but we had to come home.

3 years ago

Is that photo current? As of this week? Looks like mid-January.

3 years ago

OMG…… why is BLM lying about full capacity ? Or is this information from December-January when it was much busier ? Most RV owners have already left for home.

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