Camping on Arizona state trust land

  By Dave Helgesen For active boondockers the state of Arizona has it all. The sun shines nearly all year and you have multiple climate zones in which to camp —  from cool mountains to arid deserts. ATV use is permitted practically anywhere you would like to go — from the grocery store to a remote outpost. Then, there are the thousands of... Read More

Campground closures? Here’s a work-around

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Major players in public lands recreation across the country are National Forests. Trails, recreation sites and campgrounds, along with a network of roads that makes access to all of these things easier for RVers, are a mainstay for many in the RVing community. But alarm bells just continue to ring that should be... Read More

Boondocking along America’s Byways

By Dave Helgeson America’s Byways is a great website for RVers and is especially useful for those of us that boondock in the western United States. The website lists National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads across America. The website offers a wealth of information to the traveling public featuring the archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities available along... Read More

Dunedocking — RVing in sand!

By Dave Helgeson Sand dunes exist throughout the western states and offer great camping opportunities for boondocking. While most of us associate sand dunes with the ocean, there are extensive inland sand dunes located throughout the west. Many of these inland dunes are administered by the boondocking-friendly Bureau of Land Management. Others may be controlled by state Department of Natural... Read More

Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. Yes, the weather is actually warming up, and for those who can’t stand much above 80 degrees, it is time to flee northward. But what about those who are a bit more heat tolerant? Not far west from Quartzsite, the... Read More

What can we do about vandalized public property?

Dear RV Shrink: One of the comments someone made under last week’s column caught my attention. We have not spent much time in campgrounds during the past 30 years. Now that we have retired, that has all changed. One thing we notice constantly is the disrespect to public property. We do not remember so much blatant graffiti, vandalism, defacing and... Read More

Coyote camping (boondocking) in the Southwestern deserts

By Bob (BoondockBob) Difley Of all the styles of camping, from backpacking tents to fancy RV resorts accommodating 40 foot+ motorhomes, coyote camping (ultimate boondocking) in the Southwestern deserts may be the most challenging – but also the most rewarding for lovers of nature, open space, free campsites, and solitude. Coyote camping, by my unofficial definition, is camping away from... Read More

Desolenator enables water independence: Just add sun

By Bob Difley The first paragraph you read on Desolenator’s  website states: “Desolenator is a clean technology venture that has developed and patented what’s on track to becoming the most affordable and environmentally friendly method of water purification on the market.” That’s a pretty strong statement from an idea incubator in the United Kingdom on the concept of drinkable water that... Read More

America’s greatest camping deal! Winter stays in Southwest deserts

By Bob Difley RVtravel.com writer Wintering in the Southwestern deserts offers some of the nation’s most frugal camping and boondocking opportunities. Making it possible is: (1) the abundance of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the desert areas, and (2) cheap, privately owned land outside of urban areas, enabling entrepreneurs to build campgrounds with lower... Read More