Boondocking threatened at two Utah National Monuments?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I read in the news that Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be downsized. We haven’t visited them, but are thinking we might visit before their size is reduced. Is boondocking allowed on either one? —Howard and Grace Hi Howard and Grace, As of right now... Read More

Dusty Quartzsite is winter haven for sun-seeking RVers

By Chuck Woodbury You must visit Quartzsite. It’s in the middle of nowhere in the Arizona desert. Technically it’s where I-10 and state route 95 intersect, about 20 miles east of Blythe, California. It’s no place to be in the blazing hot summer unless you’re a lizard. It’s home to 3,600 year-round residents. In the winter, with its abundant sunshine and mild temps,... Read More

Coyote camping: Your RV at home on the open desert

By Bob Difley Boondocking around Quartzsite on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and called Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) is an easy and effective introduction to desert boondocking and snowbirding. Support services and supplies are plentiful, and the great gathering of veteran boondockers, much like the mountain man rendezvous of 150-200 years ago, stand ready to... Read More

It’s Quartzsite boondocking time

By Bob Difley It’s snowbird time again – when we RVers leave the cold, rainy weather behind for the sunny and warmer regions of the country. And snowbirds, like all RVers, have different ideas on how and where to spend the winter. Arizona is one of the most popular destinations for Western RVers, with Yuma, Tucson, and the greater Phoenix... Read More

How to find boondocking spots on cross-country RV trip

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My wife and I are planning a trip across the country with no planned agenda, going wherever something strikes our fancy. However, that prevents us from making campground reservations. We like to boondock and wonder whether we will be able to find dispersed camping options if we can’t... Read More

Take your RV on the road less traveled

  By Bob Difley Many of America’s most scenic drives wind across and through remote public lands, such as our national forests (NF) and land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Though not receiving the same publicity as our National Parks and Monuments, the National Scenic Byways (NSB) and the especially notable All-American Roads are mostly low-traveled, two-lane... Read More

Bureau of Reclamation camping — an RVing win-win

  By Bob Difley The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s mission is to “manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American Public.” This mission encompasses 289 developed recreation areas on 6.5 million acres of land and water in 17 western states, mainly for water-based outdoor recreation including camping... Read More

Get free, but valuable, RV info from the Forest Service

  By Bob Difley Summer is almost here, and boondockers will soon be looking for campsites in the national forests. These tips may help make your camping trip more efficient and more pleasurable. Plan to reach the Forest Service (FS) office or visitor center before it closes, but also allow enough time to dump, fill water, and shop for food... Read More

What is boondocking? The readers speak

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris “To the beatnik It’s his beard, beard, beard To the monster Something weird, weird, weird To a night owl It’s a good days sleep To the Yankee’s It’s a four game sweep Happiness is Different things to different people!” So ran the 1960’s tune made popular by Ray Conniff*. Yeah, everyone wants... Read More