Boondocking Site Review – Plomosa Road, Quartzsite, AZ
A lovely, large, easy 14-day boondocking spot ~6 miles north of Quartzsite in West-Central Arizona.
Location: Quartzsite AZ. Link to official website HERE.
Coordinates: Entry to Plomosa Road is on the right after mile marker 114 going north on Hwy 95 and is clearly signed. Approx coordinates 33.748916, -114.216356. Link to map location HERE.
Cost: FREE. 14-day stay limit (within any period of 28 consecutive days).
How We Found It: This is a very well-known boondocking site in the Quartzsite area. Many of our friends have stayed here and it is clearly listed on both the BLM website and the Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce.
Nearest Dump/Water: NO facilities onsite. Nearest dump/water/propane at the RV Pit Stop right as you enter downtown Quartzsite. Nearest trash/recycling area is at the Refuse Transfer Station (open Sun-Wed 7:30AM to 2:30PM) located between mile-markers 111 and 112 on Hwy 95 north of town. It is free to dump household trash here.
- Access – 4.5/5
This is a super easy spot to access, although (as usual) the best sites may take a tad more effort:
Getting There -> Boondocking is allowed from the beginning of Plomosa Road and~5 miles East. Plomosa Road is paved and there is a camphost at the entrance where you can check-in to get your free 14-day permit.
Campsites -> This is BLM boondocking so there are no “designated” campsites, but there are lots of dirt roads leading off each side of Plomosa Road with hundreds of obvious cleared-off areas to camp. When choosing your site just be sure to practice good boondocking etiquette and camp in a place that doesn’t disturb nature or your your neighbors. Most of the dirt roads are rocky, flat and very hard although there can be a unexpected dips, softer spots and washes, so if you’re in a big rig it’s best to unhook just off the pavement on Plomosa and scout ahead for your spot. Dirt roads to the left (north) of Plomosa go further back than roads to the right (south), so if you’re looking for more isolation/quiet chose one of these to scout first. Any sized-rig can camp here with no problem.
- Nature – 5/5
This is a gorgeous spot. Lots of nature all-around including views of mountains and pretty washes. Occasional road noise from folks driving down Plomosa, but otherwise it’s quiet especially if you snag a spot further back from the main road.
- Isolation – 3.5/5
Very decent to excellent isolation depending on time of year and where you park. This is one of the furthest free BLM spots from Q, so it tends to have lower visitation than some of the other popular sites. The area near the entrance will almost always be fairly crowded, and during the big annual Jan RV show there will lots of large groups and people camped all around. However outside the main season and/or if you drive further back along the dirt roads you have a very good chance of finding isolation.
- Pet Friendliness – 5/5
Excellent spot for doggie. Lots of space in camp and easy dirt roads and surroundings to walk. The area is hard and very rocky, so doggies who haven’t spent much time in the desert may be somewhat sore until their paws harden up (take it easy on your first walks). Otherwise very little cactus and practically no cholla which is great for paws on the ground.
Overall Rating = 4.5
BONUS ALERT = Camp in desert beauty just 6 miles north of Quartzsite!
Summary: We decided to camp at Plomosa simply to switch it up a bit from our usual boondocking location at Dome Rock. Like all of the free BLM areas around Quartzsite this is super easy to get to and easily accessible for any-sized rig. Plomosa is paved and clearly marked off Hwy 95, and there is a camphost right at the entrance where you can check-in and get your free 14-day pass. Campsites are easy-to-access, obvious cleared-out spots along the many hard, rocky dirt roads that lead in both directions (north and south) off Plomosa. Dirt roads going to the north side tend to stretch a little further back than roads going to the south, so if you’re looking for more isolation check those first. Also, although this area is pretty flat and hard there can be unexpected dips and softer spots, so do scout ahead if you’re in a big rig and planning to drive further back. Compared to Dome Rock this area is further from town, but also much quieter (no I-10 noise) and flatter, so it just depends what you’re looking for. Cell signal is great at both locations, so you can’t go wrong either way. Stay limits are 14-days after which you have to move a min of 25 miles away (if you want to stay longer consider one of the pay LTVA areas just south of town). Within Q make sure you have a dinner at Silly Al’s (craft beer and sumptuous pizzas, including gluten-free!). Plus check out stuff to do in town both during the big show, and outside of the main season (= ancient Blythe Intaglios, day-trip to Parker & Lake Havasu, local desert sculptures & KOFA etc.). We came in the off-season and found a site few miles back from the entrance and not far off Plomosa that had both excellent isolation and views. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we’ll most certainly be back!
Extra Info: Excellent Verizon (4 bars LTE) and ATT (4 bars 4G) . NO on-site facilities (no water, dump or trash), but there is free trash location at the Refuse Transfer Station (open Sun-Wed 7:30AM to 2:30PM) just a few miles south on Hwy 95, plus RV dump/water/propane at the RV Pit Stop right at the entrance to town.
Extra, Extra Info -> OTHER BOONDOCKING: Plomosa road is one of 5 designated (managed) 14-day free boondocking areas around Quartzsite. The other areas are Dome Rock (where we’ve stayed many times before), Hi Jolly, Scaddon Wash and Roadrunner. Plus there area also several paid long-term (LVTA) areas too. The LTVA areas allow for stays beyond 14 days and also offer limited facilities (trash, dump, water etc.). Detailed info and directions to all sites in these links:
- Quartzsite Camping – from RV Camping (detailed maps & location)
- Quartzsite Camping – from Your RV Lifestyle (description)