There are 4 BLM areas where RVer's dry camp. Here's a short description of the show:
- Every January something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, mostly in RV’s, converge on this sleepy little desert town, located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, for the rock, gem and mineral shows, plus numerous flea markets and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. This phenomenon started over 40 years ago and is now billed as “The Largest Gathering Of RVers in the World”...
- DIRECTIONS TO SITE OR BEST ACCESS POINT: Exit Interstate 10 at the city of Quartzsite, AZ. Take highway 95 south to the four campgrounds. The campground entrances are approximately 2 miles south of town.
- BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SITE: The La Posa Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) was created in 1983 to fulfill the needs of winter visitors and to protect the local desert ecosystem from over-use. The campground is approximately 11,400 acres in size, flat landscape, sparsely vegetated with plants such as Creosote bushes, Palo Verde trees, Ironwood trees, Mesquite trees and various species of cacti.
- FACILITIES PROVIDED: 10 vault toilets (handicap accessible), dry dump station, dump station with water, water station (eight faucets), trash services, some paved / improved roads, dance floor and ramada.
- FEATURES: Cultural sites, rockhounding, watchable wildlife, unique desert scenery, solitude, hiking opportunities and security.
- FEES / PERMITS REQUIRED: A Long Term Visitor Area Permit is required from September 15th through April 15th each season. The cost is $180.00 and is valid for up to 7 months. A Short Term Permit can be purchased for a 14-day stay. This permit is $40.00. Permits may be purchased on site or at the BLM Yuma Field Office.
Couple of Sunrise shots
Couple of sunset pics
This is the beginning of our trip. We're all loaded up and don't think we've forgotten to load anything. That is until we get down the road aways and figure out what we actually forgot.
Our first stop was Socorro to visit Kiichi Harada, our nephew who is going to graduate from New Mexico Tech in May. We dry camped in the Walmart parking lot.
This is our first stop after Socorro at the VLA (Very Large Array).
Next stop was in Pie Town, NM to look at some property just west of Pie Town. Here is a cabin they are building to sell. We were looking at raw land tho.
Next stop was in Payson, Az for a couple of days. We see a naturopathic doctor there and get a tune-up about once a year when we go on some of our trips.
We left Payson on Thursday and stopped in Tempe to visit Patsi's cousin Donna. Here Kirk (Donna's husband) and I are going into their condo.
Arriving in Quartzsite Thursday evening.
ATV's are legal in Quartzsite.
Lots of vendors everywhere.
Camping in the desert
Visiting with new friends
Makes a great parking spot for a RZR
Here's his wife
Patsi & I in the desert
One of many pot luck dinners
Arla cooking her wood fired waffles. She cooked every morning and you'd better be quick or lose out. Once she ran out of batter you were out of luck.
On top of Q Hill
Coming down off Q Hill
The Bluebird Chef - Ray cooked Prime Rib for everyone. They served 140 lbs of prime rib and boy, was it GOOD!
Crafts for the ladies.
Did I mention we have pot luck dinners?
Gathering for the Sword swallowing and Fire breathing show
Fire Breathing Goddess
Her Sword Swallowing companion. They both did the sword thing.
Couple of the ladies gathered enough rocks to do this rock arrangement.
Our foray into the desert
Tech tips. These are airtabs to reduce drag behind a motorhome or truck. Increases your mileage.
Our campsite for 10 days.
All good things....trips have to come to an end. When you run out of underwear it is time to go home and regroup. It was a great trip and we had a ball. It was our very first rally and we weren't sure if we'd like it, but I have to say it was a fantastic experience. We met some fantastic folks, made some new friends, got some superb tech tips and even fixed a few things on our motorhome. Looking forward to our next adventure!
Until next time....