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We will be traveling to CA and need a stop over for a night, is Quartzite too busy to find a boondocking spot this time of year? We never stopped there before and have no idea where to park. Does anyone have GPS locations?

 

We are coming from the Prescott Valley AZ area to Orange County CA and want to break the trip into 2 days.

 

Thanks,

Joe

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Even in the height of season, there is plenty of boondocking available in Quartzsite. The boondocking areas are quite large, with 14 day free areas east, west, north and south of town.

 

We often stop for one night when traveling through in November through April, mostly while traveling on I-10. For us, the easiest is to take exit 19 off I-10, east of town. Drive south to the stop sign, then east (left), after a mile or so you will have a 14-day free area on your right (the side away from I-10). Start looking for a level spot where you can stay the night. You will see primitive roads going south further in if you want to get away from the noise of I-10. You will not be alone, but there will be plenty of choice.

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Assuming you will be traveling west on I-10, there are two free BLM areas that are convenient to the Interstate. The first one, at Exit 19, is the one Bill described. The second one is at Exit 17 (or Exit 11), Dome Rock Road. If you get off at Exit 17, go south toward the Love's and take a right on the frontage road. Continue to follow the frontage road until you get to the BLM area...probably a mile or more down the road. You'll be able to tell the area by the RVs. If you get off at Exit 11, go south again and take the frontage road back to the east.

 

As Bill said, even during January, there is plenty of room on BLM land surrounding Quartzsite. At this time of year, it's almost empty.

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We used to have a RV lot out past the Dome Rock area at exit 17, it was a popular spot for folks wanting to get to the shows on the south side of I-10. Lots of great spots and good views from a lot of the area.

 

Google map and route: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/33.6584647,-114.2406494/33.6377977,-114.26951/@33.6485697,-114.2529876,3636m/data=!3m1!1e3

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Bill, if you take a left-hand turn onto Cholla Road (or a right-hand turn if coming from Exit 11...see Stanley's map) there are areas of Dome Rock BLM to the west of the road, south of the storage area, that are flatter (on the map, you'll see roads headed off to the west). This area has the added advantage that it's farther from the Interstate with lots less road noise. We've stayed there several times. We have found, however, that the closer you are to the mountain in this area, the poorer the cell reception is, so if you try it out, head as far west as you can...it seems the mountain blocks the tower(s).

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I'm just curious.. when you get a bunch of folks out in the same area like that, what's the typical spacing like? I mean.. do folks line up similar to a CG or is there a respectful distance folks kind of adhere to? I'm not familiar with the etiquette.

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I'm just curious.. when you get a bunch of folks out in the same area like that, what's the typical spacing like? I mean.. do folks line up similar to a CG or is there a respectful distance folks kind of adhere to? I'm not familiar with the etiquette.

 

We are currently at "Hi Jolly" fourteen day free camping area north of Quartzsite, and I would say the minimum distance varies from 10-20 yards separation for the RVs parked along some of the washes to about 100 yards separation for those not close to a wash.

 

Paul

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And on Plomosa Road, which happens to be our favorite place to stay, separation is often hundreds of yards. The week after the Big Tent the entire area really cleared out and anyone could be as alone as they wanted. Many of the exceptions you see are folks who are travelling together. Often small groups will form circles with a campfire area in the center. It's kind of whatever floats your boat.

 

We are in the Imperial Dam LTVA now. It seems a lot more crowded here than at Q, mostly because there is less open desert to park in. We like it better here for several reasons. Proximity to Yuma, 4 line dump station, date shakes, and the Exchange at the Proving ground. Anyone can get a day pass to use the store, gas station, church, bowling alley, etc. I bought propane there today for $1.64 per gallon. Best price I've seen in many years.

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We are in La Posa South now and it has emptied out a lot in the last 2 weeks. There is a lot of open space and you can park anywhere without being directly in someone else's camp for hundreds of yards. Being our first year here we liked South as it is close to the water and dumps. We are in an area where it is like our own private oasis!

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