Ahhh, just one more sunset…I live for these moments!

Sadly we’ve come to the end of our boondocking escapade out by Yuma. We’ve headed off to San Diego, coming back after two cross-country trips and one full circle to the city where we started RVing over 2 years ago (it’s an odd feeling I tell you). We’re going to do some checking on our storage and complete various appointments before we go back to being desert rats again.

Although we spent an awesome week out in the boonies, I have to admit we’ve barely touched the surface of what there is to see around Yuma and Imperial County. Like all places the more you hang out, the more you discover to do and this spot is no exception. Downtown Yuma in winter is basically in RV overflow. There are RV parks, rigs and RV shops almost as fas as the eye can see. We weren’t terribly attracted to go there (with one exception, #4 below) but it’s a good shopping spot and there are plenty of other gems awaiting you if take time to explore around. Here are 5 good ones:

Late afternoon gold

1/ Old Mines – We had sooo much fun exploring the American Girl Mine right next to our RV boondocking site, but there are actually a ton more in the area. This site provides the best graphical overview I’ve seen anywhere (just zoom out to see more sites and click on “google map” to overlay roads)

2/ Ghost Towns – Tumco used to house most of the miners in the area and is now a fascinating little visit. Read more here.

3/ Hot Springs – The Holtville Hot Springs are not that far from where we were camped and provide a great little spot to soak and relax. You can even set-up for the winter season at the Hot Springs BLM LVTA area.

Walking the hills

4/ Yuma Territorial Prison – Just the kinda weird little outing that I like. A prison that opened in 1876, operated for 33 years and then shut-down to house Yuma High School kids. Read more here.

5/ Wilderness – There are tons of interesting wilderness spots around Yuma most of which are on BLM land. My top 3 picks are the Imperial Sand Dunes (over 40 miles long!), Imperial National Wildlife Refuge (a wildlife mecca in winter) and Mittry Lake Wildlife Area. The latter allows boondocking too!

And that’s just a sampling. Plenty of other bloggers have written about the area and can give you inspiration on where to go. Check out Bayfield Bunch (lots of good off-road trips here), Semi-True Tales Of Our Life On the Road (all about the salad), Where’s Weaver and many more I’ve probably forgotten (just search their blogs on Yuma). Oh and Sassy’s on ‘Da Road headed into our boondocking area just after we left so she’s there now!

With that I leave you with my last desert shots. Adieu grand plains…until we meet again.

Walking home in our own private paradise (see the RV in the back?)

Sunset tinges

Polly the desert rat

A perfect moon

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8 Responses to Just a Few More Desert Shots…

  1. jil mohr says:

    have fun in SD….who knows when our paths will cross this coming year…we will just have to stay in touch to find out…

  2. Sherry says:

    Next winter – hot springs – I’m there! Hope you don’t have culture shock back in the city. Seriously gorgeous that spot you just left.

    Sherry
    http://www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

  3. Bob Nuttmann says:

    I love sunsets in the desert. You are from San Diego as we are and the weather is great here, but I much prefer the colorful sky at dusk-sunset in the desert. The colors and it lasts so long.

  4. Debby says:

    Sooo excited there is boondocking by a hotsprings out there! Have you been? Any tips?
    Thanks again for all your great recommendations!

    • libertatemamo says:

      We haven’t been but we drove by on our way from our last boondocking spot to San Diego. The Holtville area is mostly agricultural, so not a ton of scenery around, but we did see the rigs off from I-8 and it sure does sound nice to be able to boondock AND dip in hot-springs. I’d be curious to hear from anyone who’s actually stayed there.
      Nina

  5. Marsha says:

    Been traveling back to Ohio and doing some serious visiting. WAY behind on my blogs. Great photos as usual!!! Great job on the list also. We have them all written down for our next visit out there!
    Thanks for mentioning us in the blog. We do love that area!!!

  6. […] place to explore esp. if you take the time to discover the old mines. Lots to do and see in the surrounding area. We had a most relaxing time here and would certainly come […]

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