Campgrounds operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) around Quartzsite, as well as the Mysterious Blythe Intaglios

There are a plethora of free and paid Bureau of Land Management campgrounds throughout Arizona and California, particularly in the areas around Quartzsite and Blythe.

The majority of the time, free BLM camping does not include any amenities such as running water, electricity, or sewer. You’ll be on your own in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, staying at a developed BLM campground, which may include amenities such as water, a dump station, and trash collection, will typically incur a minimal fee.

An LTVA campground is designed for long-term visitors and is ideal for RVers who live full-time on the road. Water, a dump station, and trash service are all included in the $180 pass, which allows you to stay for six months in total. In addition, there are free BLM campgrounds in the area that do not require an LTVA pass to use.

LTVA Campgrounds at La Posa West, La Posa North, and La Posa South

To take advantage of BLM RV camping, you’ll need to purchase a long-term visitor pass. However, you’ll have the convenience of having water and a dump station nearby, as well as trash collection and disposal services available. You can stay at these campsites for a maximum of six months if you have a pass.

LTVA La Posa Tyson Wash LTVA La Posa Tyson Wash

You’ll need a long-term visitor’s pass for Quartzsite, just like you would for any of the other LTVA areas. On-site amenities include water, a dump station, and a garbage collection service.

Free Camping Off Ehrenberg-Cibola Road: Off Ehrenberg-Cibola Road, you’ll find free BLM dispersed camping, which is a great place to spend the night. Because there is no water and no facilities, you’ll have to pack out your garbage yourself. Additionally, this area is suitable for larger recreational vehicles. There is also a 14-day limit on how long you can stay.

Camp at the Levee Road Dispersed Camping Area: This free BLM camping area is located directly along the Colorado River. However, there are only a limited number of parking spaces for larger RVs. There is no running water or restrooms here, and the stay is limited to 14 days. Please remove all of your trash.

Scaddan Wash Free Camping: Located off Dome Rock Road between Quartzsite and Blythe, this BLM camping area is completely free. It’s spacious, level, and suitable for even the largest recreational vehicles. Be prepared to pack out your trash because there are no facilities or water available. The campground, like most free BLM campgrounds, has a 14-day stay limit.

Drawing by Blythe Intaglio

The Blythe Intaglios are a series of etchings on paper. Thousands of years before European settlers arrived to farm along the Colorado River, the native Mohave and Quechan people lived in the area. They scratched large, mysterious geoglyphs into the ground at the foot of the Big Maria Mountains, where they were discovered. The Blythe Intaglios are a group of carvings that date between 450 and 2,000 years ago and depict human figures, animals, and a spiral. The largest human figure is 171 feet in length and weighs a ton.

The geoglyphs, according to the researchers, served as the focal point of a ritual site. People in the region used to perform Keruk, a pilgrimage in which they traveled to various geoglyphs to reenact their creation story. Today, the Keruk festival is held annually. Apart from the Blythe Intaglios, there are approximately 60 other sites like this along the Colorado River’s length.

To begin, remember that this is a historical site, not a place to camp. This is important to remember. Approximately 15 miles north of Blythe, on US 95, near the intersection of I10 is where the Blythe Intaglios can be found. You can use the following GPS coordinates to locate the exact location: 33.79963, -114.53018. Prepare to drive down one or more dirt roads if you plan on going anywhere.

The Topock Maze, also known as the Mojave Maze, is a maze in the Mojave Desert.

This is another Native American geoglyph located approximately 100 miles south of Los Angeles, near the town of Needles, California. This site has a total area of 18 acres. A photographer and ethnographer named Edward Curtis reported in 1908 that the Mohave Indians had recently used the site as a maze in which they could hide from evil spirits. Their reasoning was that by running in and out of the maze repeatedly, someone haunted by an evil spirit would become confused and thus evade capture.

Other Attractions and Things to See

Hiking and bicycling are popular activities. In the Quartzsite area, there are numerous opportunities for hiking and biking. Simply set out in any direction and take in the unusual desert flora and towering rock formations that surround you. Everywhere you look, there is something intriguing to discover and investigate.

Boating and fishing are popular pastimes.

The Colorado River, which is close by, provides opportunities for fishing and kayaking. For the most part, you can access the river from Ehrenberg, which is about 10 miles north of Blythe, or from the Palo Verde Dam. Catfish, crappie, carp, trout, and largemouth bass can all be caught in this area.

Paddleboarders can also launch their kayaks from a number of locations along the Colorado River’s length. Mayflower County Park in Blythe, as well as the Riviera Blythe Marina and A-7, a Bureau of Land Management free camping area on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, are excellent places to launch your kayak.

Observation of Wildlife

The entire region offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. The following animals are likely to be encountered: jackrabbits, coyotes, ground squirrels, raptors, reptiles, and wild burros.

In addition, it is not uncommon for coyotes to enter BLM RV camping areas in search of scraps and food scraps to supplement their diet. For wild burros, the situation is the same. You must exercise caution when dealing with these animals, even if they appear friendly. Never leave your pets alone outside.

Prospecting

Old, abandoned gold mines can be found in the area between Blythe and Quartzsite if you have access to a metal detector. Many nuggets have been discovered by chance among the slag heaps of abandoned mines. The Dome Rock Mountains, located between Blythe and Quartzsite, as well as the Plomosa Mountains, located east of Quartzsite, are well-known for their gold-mining potential. However, take care not to wander onto the Colorado River Indian Reservation to the west, where prospecting is not permitted due to restrictions.

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