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  • Ken&Ange
    Ken&Ange:
    Heading to Albuquerque, NM this fall and I am looking for a place to stay in the Santa Fe area. Anyone have any ideas ? Thanks
    • 1 hour ago
    • Ken&Ange
      Patrick & Kathleen Check out Cochiti lake. The COE has nice spots halfway between the two cities.
      • 1 hour ago
    • Ken&Ange
      Mike Hendrix We have done Santa Fe multiple times.  Trailer Ranch is our #1 pick followed closely by Los Campos de Santa Fe RV Resort.  They are both located on Cerrilllos Road SR-14 just a few miles from downtown.  Both are in a good location.  We...  more
      • 1 hour ago
    • Ken&Ange
      Bobbie&Kurt We’ve stayed multiple times at Los Campos (I think it has changed its name). It’s nothing fancy but it’s location is great. The buses into town are right in front. If you have a dog go out the back gate to plenty of space. Grocery nearby. Don’t forget to ...  more
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      • Ken&Ange
        Bobbie&Kurt It’s called Los Suenos now.
        • 52 minutes ago
    • Ken&Ange
      Patrick & Kathleen We've stayed at both of those as well and agree they're nice and convenient. You do pay for the convienence of being in Santa Fe.
      • 52 minutes ago
  • peterjw
    peterjw:
    anyone know of a good mobile tank pumping service in Quartzsite? We are actually closer to Blythe/ Ehrenberg, but whatever works. Thanks in advance
    • Sat at 2:45 PM
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    • peterjw
      Robbie & Alice Most of the pump trucks stay closer to the more populated boondocking areas.  You may just have to go to town to dump.
    • peterjw
      xctraveler or pay extra for the miles and time.
      • 10 hours ago
  • Grand Adventure
    Grand Adventure:
    If you're headed to Mesa Verde National Park, skip the cramped campground in the park, for there's amazing free boondocking on BLM land practically right across the road from the park's main entrance. We visited in early September, and this was the view f...  more
    • Fri at 3:33 PM
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    • Grand Adventure
      SouthParkSteve Especially good if you have a travel trailer, since they make you unhook and leave your trailer in a parking lot at the entrance to the park in any case.  The roads are not big enough for RVs...... Hide 1 Reply
      • Grand Adventure
        Grand Adventure True. They'll let you pull only as far as the Park campground and only if you're staying there, but the campground isn't much closer to the cliff dwellings than this BLM spot is.
    • Grand Adventure
      Jim O'Briant I found a couple of references to BLM Land near Mancos, COm at GPS  37.359908, -108.428192. However, it also says that there's an RV size limit of 25 ft. Is this the place you refer to above? (We're looking for a spot for a 34-ft Class A, towing a ca...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Grand Adventure
        Grand Adventure Jim, that is indeed the road. There are no signs posting a size limit - in fact there are no markings whatsoever other than a sign indicating that cutting firewood is prohibited. Our TT is 26' overall plus of course our Tundra TV, and I wouldn't recommend...  more
        • 11 hours ago
    • Grand Adventure
      Chari 'n Steve Found it and marked for future use. Thanks for the post.
    • Grand Adventure
      Judith & Mark We boondocked at Madden Peak Rd. A 38' 5er, our friends a 42' 5er. Great spot.

      City of Cortez has free dump and potable water at 0.25 / 5 gallon.
    • Grand Adventure
      Jim O'Briant The BLM page is where it says 25 ft maximum rig size.
  • Donzi Don
    Donzi Don:
    Good morning and cold and snow in eastern Ohio 16 here now. Thank you for the add to the group looking for any information on southern Florida and Alligator Alley on FREE camping I have a 28 foot class B and can get in almost anywhere
    • Fri at 6:16 AM
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    • Donzi Don
      BuckeyeCruisers NE Ohio here. 7 degrees when I took out the trash at 6 am. LOL We’re heading to Florida in January to the area you ask about. Dinner Island is a place we’ve been looking at. You may have to buy a permit for the year being out of state, I’m still confused ...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Donzi Don
        Donzi Don I saw that and think it is free but not sure I don't know the area very well I was in Everglades City and that is a small town and I will post more as I get info
    • Donzi Don
      Bill Zeller My wife and I have traveled Alligator Alley a few times and I am sure there is free or very inexpensive camping along that route. Hopefully some who have driven it more recently will reply too.
    • Donzi Don
      SouthParkSteve I don't have any first hand knowledge of this, but you might try taking US41 (Tamiami Trail) INSTEAD of Alligator Alley.  When I was growing up, that was THE main route to Miami (thus the name "Tamiami"......TO Miami.....).  Now that I-75 is the...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Donzi Don
        Donzi Don I was on US 41 and went into Everglades City
        • Fri at 10:31 AM
    • Donzi Don
      Donzi Don Thanks for the comments and I was across the US 41 earlier this year when I was staying in Naples and saw on the web some of this area is closed from the last big storm and was checking on updates 
  • Harry and Sandy Corby
    Harry and Sandy Corby:
    We're at the Vista Del Sol RV Resort in Bullhead City headed south on Tuesday towards Lake Havasu City and Parker . Looking for a nice campground, not too expensive. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Would like to be on or really close to river...  more
    • Thu at 11:55 AM
    • Becca Ray and 1 other like this.
    • Harry and Sandy Corby
      Gary & Joanne...& Willow too. Check out Crazy Horse Campground. right on the river and about $400 or so a month.
    • Harry and Sandy Corby
      Gary & Joanne...& Willow too. Forgot to mention - right in Lake Havasu.
    • Harry and Sandy Corby
      John Yellowolf Where ever I end up going, I'm gonna Boondock - just like the name of this group implies. "Free Camping, Boondocking, and Camping on Public Lands"  Perhaps your question would be better answered in another group.............
      • Thu at 1:49 PM
    • Harry and Sandy Corby
      Cosy Travels There is a BLM camp ground on the river, California side between the dam and Parker. Clean and water front. 
    • Harry and Sandy Corby
      Dave and Sandra What is your recommendation on Rio Del Sol? We stayed there for the past 3 years on our way to USMC Joshua Tree. I read a review about it last month that it turned into a piece of S$&t. We head out there in March. What is your review?
      • Fri at 8:47 AM
  • Mitch Hunt
    Mitch Hunt:
    Hello fellow campers, we are looking for atv and utv riders in the southwest az. area. we love rideing but it is so much more enjoyable to ride with others, safer as well. we will be in bullhead cristmas day then emerald cove ca two weeks later then qua...  more
    • Tue at 9:03 AM
    • Craig & Deborah Colson and 1 other like this.
    • Mitch Hunt
      Norton I'm in Quartzsite now through March. Been riding having a blast. Let me Know when your in town.
      • Thu at 3:38 PM
    • Mitch Hunt
      Mitch Hunt see you then
      • Fri at 10:26 AM
  • The Easterbunnies
    The Easterbunnies:
    Just looking for your thoughts. We own a few acres of undeveloped land 3 miles north of Deming NM along I-10. We were thinking of putting a couple gravel patches and offering it to RV'ers traveling through the area. There would be no hook-ups or fees j...  more
    • Mon at 8:58 PM
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    • Mrfixit38672 and 13 others like this.
    • The Easterbunnies
      The Easterbunnies I think I will offer it up and look into a basic liability policy as well. A basic insurance would be a good idea regardless since there is no one there. I will never move there or build anything on it or even live there. Visit family and such sure but...  more Hide 3 Replies
      • The Easterbunnies
        SouthParkSteve I think if you were to go through Boondockers Welcome, you could avoid a lot of the liability issues--as long as other members were the only ones there.  Not sure about their program, but I would think they do some sort of screening, etc., so that yo...  more
      • The Easterbunnies
        LPS That would be a most welcome thing!
        • Wed at 8:33 PM
      • The Easterbunnies
        Bill Zeller Very nice of you to do this. I would hope that everyone using would treat it with respect. We for one couple would leave it cleaner than we found it. ?
    • The Easterbunnies
      Bill Zeller That was supposed to be a smile ? face and not a ? At the end.
    • The Easterbunnies
      Birdie Easterbunnies, I would love to do an overnight. I dry Camp a lot for one night when traveling. I cannot tell you how often I drive and say to myself.”just let me pull in, run the genny for half an hour, put out the bed slide. Now good night”. I don’t need...  more
    • The Easterbunnies
      Somerlidh I would stay there before I'd go to the State Park. My camping buddy and I go on a several trips a year and at least one of those trips is out west to Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Our last camp there was Rock Hound SP where our nice big tent was destroy...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • The Easterbunnies
        John & Diana Never have been on BLM land. We are considering Quartzsite this winter.
        What are we to expect.Excuse my naivete.
        • Fri at 6:45 AM
      • The Easterbunnies
        SouthParkSteve BLM land is owned by the government, and thus, they have governmental immunity from any liability (funny how that works.....).  The liability situation is completely different for private owners. As for trashing the site--I WISH everyone were more r...  more
    • The Easterbunnies
      Bill Zeller Always to camp with friends in these free areas or make friends quickly and become part of a group. My wife especially is not happy being alone when off the grid. Safety in numbers. I would go to quartzite again in a heartbeat though!
  • Kandmwillis
    Kandmwillis:
    Hello! My husband and I are looking for a good spot to boondock around Santa Rosa California. We have a 37’ 5th wheel. Any recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks!
    • Mon at 7:32 PM
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    • Cari & Pups and 1 other like this.
    • Kandmwillis
      Corvallis Campers The Walmart north of town is subject to a local no camping ordnance. If ex military you might try the Coast Guard Training Station west of Petaluma at Two Rock. It's a beautiful little park at very reasonable charge. Don't know of any free spots and th...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Kandmwillis
        Kandmwillis Petaluma was booked. We have a spot reserved in a park but really wanted to extend our stay a bit. No worries. We’ll just move on!
        • Mon at 9:32 PM
    • Kandmwillis
      LPS You might find something through Boondockers Welcome, but so many people have lost their homes from the fires, it might be tough. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds isn't free, but it's right in town and very convenient. I haven't checked to see whether they...  more
    • Kandmwillis
      Young06 You should look at Lake Sonoma. It is an Army Corp of Enginners park. It is very pretty, on the top of a mountain. There is no water or electric, but a quite spot. If you need more information, just let me know.
    • Kandmwillis
      BrotherSpike Not free, and there was fire damage in the park, but I believe the campgrounds were spared... D id you try Sugar Loaf State Park, or Spring Lake (Sonoma County Parks)?
    • Kandmwillis
      Kandmwillis I will look into those. Thank you!
      • Wed at 12:19 PM
  • Rick and Robbie
    Rick and Robbie :
    First time at Snyder Hill BLM in Tucson, we like it..went up on the hill away from the tents, and maybe full timers...great sunset views..
    • Mon at 4:23 PM
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    • Chuck & Bernadette and 12 others like this.
    • Rick and Robbie
      Chuck & Bernadette Can a 30 foot class a get in and out ok?
      • Mon at 4:39 PM
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    • Rick and Robbie
      Fran Grodek I think I know that spot, we stayed up there in our 22' Tiger Adventure Vehicle.  There was quite a bit of broken glass in spots so we had to keep eye out, such a shame why that happens.
      • Mon at 10:16 PM
    • Rick and Robbie
      LPS It can get rowdy over there at times. Amazing it's as tranquil as it generally is, considering it's in a kind of dodgy location...right of Ajo and all. A blessing for when we need it! If you need a touch more civilian, trails in the desert, laundry, et...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Rick and Robbie
        Rick and Robbie No dump truck coming in as far as I know, we are only staying 3 nights, the broken glass is everywhere, but looks to be many years old.  Up the hill where we are, some good young ppl staying, she works so they are here all day.  I read reviews f...  more
  • Reed and Karen
    Reed and Karen :
    We found a decent spot, going to stay here a few days and do some sightseeing outside Sedona, Az
    • Mon at 12:33 PM
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    • LPS and 9 others like this.
    • Reed and Karen
      Suzan and Art Every time we are out west we plan on getting to Sedona, and each time it gets super cold there just as we were going to arrive.  From your photos, it looks great now but we're in Florida.
    • Reed and Karen
      Bob Schild Cool, thanks
    • Reed and Karen
      Kathys outdoor adventures Looks nice...are you off of Lay butte rd? Are you that FS greeen spot?
    • Reed and Karen
      Reed and Karen Kathy, yes and yes :)