Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Save money this winter — camp on an LTVA


By Bob Difley
Winter is a welcome time for snowbirds as they leave the cold, wind, rain, and snow of the northern states and head for the warmer southwestern deserts.

difley-ltvaSnowbirding is also a happy time for boondockers and frugal RVers since there are millions of acres of desert open for boondocking at no cost.

But if you are new to the desert or boondocking, it is also the time to get your feet wet — but not literally.

A good way to try out both boondocking and snowbirding at the same time is to head for one of the Bureau of Land Management’s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA).

These are areas set aside by the BLM for self-contained RVs to camp in the open desert at minimal cost. You can buy a season pass for the LTVA for $180 and it allows you to move around among them all for the one-time charge.

And though there are no hookups, the LTVA have an onsite host, restrooms, a water supply, trash containers, and dump station — and lots of helpful boondockers nearby to give you a hand and answer questions — and maybe even invite you to their campfire.

You can get all the scoop on LTVA locations here. (Click on a link in the description of the Long Term Visitor Areas.)

You can find Bob Difley’s RVing e-books on Amazon Kindle.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe to comments
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Sign up for the

RVtravel Newsletter

Sign up and receive 3 FREE RV Checklists: Set-Up, Take-Down and Packing List.