Quartzsite Arizona has become one of the worlds largest RV camping destinations with over 2 million winter visitors. There are 5 designated free RV camping areas, and the 11,400 acre LaPosa LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) offers extended seasonal RV camping for a nominal fee. Additionally there are numerous privately owned RV parks in town offering both dry and full hookup RV campsites.
The following short video provides an overview of Quartzsite. The video includes what the public RV camping areas and swap meet are like, and gives a brief tour of town.
These maps are provided to assist you in finding RV camping locations near Quartzsite, Arizona. Locations displayed are approximate, and are offered only as a guide and should not be used for navigation. Public lands are administered by USA and state government departments, and you should consult with the local public land management office for specific RV camping and access information if you are unsure of local policies.
This is the general location of Quartzsite AZ. This desert town has water, RV dump, fuel, food, and RV camping supplies. Surrounded by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) administered lands, Quartzsite offers the RV camping enthusiast virtually unlimited dispersed camping (boondocking) locations in a remote desert setting.
The following maps show approximate location of the 5 designated free 14 day RV camping locations in the Quartzsite area.
Hi Jolly and Scaddan Wash 14 Day Free Area Locations
Plamosa Road Free RV Camping Area North of Quartzsite
Dome Rock Free RV Camping Area West of Quartzsite
Roadrunner Free RV Camping Area South of Quartzsite
LaPosa LTVA RV Camping Area South of Quartzsite
This map approximates the location of the LaPosa LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area)
Depending on when you choose to visit Quartzsite, you will be greeted by remote desert campsites with no neighbors, or crammed full of RVs camping with neighbors everywhere. There are some areas to escape most of the herd, but you will have to explore a bit to get to the extreme reaches of these areas, and even then some of them are crowded to the edges such as the Hi Jolly area during peak camping season.
Crowded peak season will find generators running almost around the clock, people, vehicles, and dust can be unpleasant at times, but the winter weather is just about perfect. Daytime temperatures range from mid 40's to low 70's, with temps in the mid 60's most days. Nightime temps can drop into the 20's, but usually upper 30's to low 40's is the norm.
There are fire rings all over the desert, but you are not allowed to collect firewood legally. Bringing your own wood is a good idea, but you can purchase firewood in town. WWII found US troops training around the Quartzsite area, and along Plomosa Road, you can find this "Q" and the rest of the large letters spelling out Quartzsite that were used by WWII aviators as a navigation aid.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about camping, campgrounds, regulations, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. Campgrounds are located in the most historic and scenic places in the USA, and the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping in America.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.