We headed to Quartzsite where we were treated to a nice boondocking spot at the LTVA BLM (Long-Term Visitor Area-Bureau of Land Managment). We could have stayed there for 2 weeks for the cost of $40.00, there is a dump, trash and potable water available. Also there are people who stay for the whole season, (7 months) for something like $180.00. Pretty reasonable place to be. It is about 2 miles from Quartzsite, which is where the Big Tent (RV Show) is held as well as the gem show. Oh, the rocks, were everywhere. Poor Eris feet. I tried doing yoga outside and I used the rocks under under my mat as pressure point relievers. We can only imagine what this place was like during the rv show. Quartzsite truly is a nomad mecca. We do plan on coming back for the Big Tent next year. Our campsite was nice and private in a big field. But no one really was that close to us. It was super windy when we were there so the dust and sand was everywhere. But can’t expect much different since it is the desert afterall. We spent 4 nights there, had 4 beautiful sunsets and then it was time to head to Joshua Tree.
We arrived to Joshua Tree, South BLM after a couple hour windy drive. We couldn’t have been any closer to the Joshua Tree sign even if we were staying inside the park. First thing after we got camp set up was to head into the park to the Visitor’s Center, where we got the maps and lay of the land. Of course there was not much we could do with Eris so it was a mostly drive thru park. We did stop and see alot however. The park is layed out and is condusive to pulling off and seeing and climbing up and over rocks, which we did. We were able to take Eris on two trails, one honestly really sucked it was supposed to be an Oasis and the other was Keys View which was a beautiful overlook, not really a hike. This is a beautiful park. Joshua Tree is famous for it’s namesake the Joshua Tree, which is only found here. The park roadway winds it’s way from the Colorado Desert to the Mojave Desert where all the Joshua Trees are. It is such different landscapes. We drove through the campgrounds to see what it is all about. While they would have been nice to stay in, we were quite content to be right outside the south entrance for free. We had the same amenities they have except we had a lot more space. Basically outside the park on the south entrance there really is nothing. We did find some hikes the pup could do we picked one called the Painted Canyon. The drive to the hike was as beautiful if not in some spots as driving through the park. We realized that Eris while she is a 3 mile dog in normal conditions she is a 2 mile dog in the desert. After the canyons we went down to check out the Salton Sea. Very interesting, it is a body of water that was made by accident. Sadly the accident was pollutants. There is the highest concentration of salt in this body of water that only two forms of sea life exist. However, it was nice to smell the salt water as we haven’t had that scent since Mississippi. Also, what I noticed while we were having our picnic was the sound of the sea birds. Down there they offer camping, fairly reasonable with hookups. But there really is nothing to do there.
One day Mike had me drive him up the mountain from the campground so he could ride his bike back down. He smiled all the way down.
If in the area and need someplace to stay I highly recommend Joshua Tree South BLM, great space and super great cell service, amazing sunsets and great stargazing.
Best place for photos in this area is in Joshua Tree National Park at all of the pull offs. Supposidly the best place for a sunset photos is at Keys View. We couldn’t get a parking during the sunset so we came back in the daytime. The sky was sadly hazy. I got better photos elsewhere in the park and I got amazing sunsets at our campsite. Also, I highly recommend doing the other trails in the area outside the south of the park. I got some amazing photos of canyons.
Oh where can the four legged friends go, all over Quartzsite and the BLM land around it, only two trails in Joshua Tree and mile and miles of trails by the Painted Canyon.
We have done a lot of upgrades to our home, I would like to take the time to mention one a week. However, this weeks is not our camper it is our truck. All I can say people if you are planning on going off road, make sure you have the proper vehicle to get yourself unstuck. Mike had to pull two people out of the soft sand. One couple spent the whole night in the sand in the park, the other rescue was in our campground.
The weather was warming up so it was our time to move on and up, so follow along to see where our next adventures will take us.
Don’t forget to explore, discover and dream and ask yourself what are you waiting for, life is short.
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Hope, Mike and Eris, the lowerrider camping hound.