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New to the club and looking for details to plan our Jan. 2021 trip to Quartzite. We were wondering if the Escapees gather together to camp on the BLM land. Having never been there, we thought it would be fun (and wise) to camp with others who know the ropes. Any guidance, info., etc. will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Join the Boomer BOF (Birds of Feather) and you'll have a ball during their stay in Quartzsite.  It's usually held the  last 2 weeks in Jan. during the big Q RV show.  Once you join you'll receive a monthly email of upcoming activities.

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Different BOFs hold get togethers in Q during the winter, usually in January.  Find a BOF or two or three and find out where their get together will be located.  The Escapees also hold a get together during January for a day (maybe longer?).

All this is assuming that it will still be business as usual in Q this winter due to COVID.

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With everything that's being cancelled (including the New Mexico Balloon Fest), does anyone have information or even a best guess what's going to happen with Quartzsite this year?

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37 minutes ago, ColoradoGlenn said:

best guess what's going to happen with Quartzsite

A major part of what happens in Quartzsite is unplanned and spontaneous. In fact, that spontaneity is part of the attraction. I doubt that the BLM will close the LTVA's but they may well stop providing the services there which have been provided in the past. If you are thinking of the RV Show, the website still shows it happening. You may also want to contact the Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce to see what they know. 

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BLM didn’t close the LTVAs in March, so I would assume they will be open as usual in November.  There’s really no way to totally close them off anyway.  It will be interesting to see what services will be provided though - will the BLM have enough money in their budget to let the trash contract?  Or to hire the camp hosts that keep an eye on things (the 14-day free areas have camp hosts also).  People are still going to come for the season, so I would assume that they would have to provide services as usual.

Whether all of the regular Quartzsite activities (vendors, RV show etc.) turn up and it’s business as usual remains to be seen.  I hope that it all happens as usual - I love the cinnamon buns.

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I wondered about that - I knew that the dump and much of the checking are volunteers, wasn’t sure about the camp hosts though.  They do a lot at the LTVAs.

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My memory says La Posa South LTVA has a gate they can close. I don't know why I would think that, though, since I've never been there off season. Maybe during a gov't shutdown?

Linda

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With the Forest Service I have been at a location where they paid me mileage along with my site. And later at different sites i got $45. flat per week per diem.  And if I recall The Lincoln NF would pay $10. per day for 3 days per week per deim.    I think it was BLM  that had at least one site that had a per deim of $115. per week.  It was seriously remote.  With the budget in recent years I have not received the per deim for quite a few years.  I guess I thought about this in regard to the host at Quartzite since it is remote.

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1 hour ago, 2gypsies said:

Here's the latest stance on BLM in Arizona.  By Quartzsite time read the current rulings before just going there.  Should be interesting.

https://www.blm.gov/alert/az-covid-19-updates

At this time of year stays are free but limits are 14 days then you must move at least 25 miles. The easiest way to do this is to move back and forth between Quartzsite and the Midland LTVA north of Blythe, CA, two towns which are, conveniently, 25 miles apart along I-10. Neither is offering any services at this point in time but their websites list places you can dump. Camping fees begin being charged September 15th.

Linda

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It will be interesting to see if the Canadians come down for the winter. There are travel restrictions on moving around in Canada right now. As of today, people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland can now go to P.E.I. without further restrictions. Canadians from OTHER provinces must self quarantine for 14 days, including register with govt authorities, designate a person that will shop for them, etc.. Cranky Uncle Tom from Ontario got ratted out to the RCMP for jumping on the riding mower and going over to another cousins cottage to mow the lawn. RCMP did a visit..LOL He's got ONE warning, next one, he could be booted off the island.

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