Free Camping in Quartzsite, Arizona // West Dome Rock Road

The “desert south-west” is one of our favorite places to spend the winter months. Arizona, in particular, has so many camping options (most of which are free). This January we’re spending our time in the Quartzsite area – situated on I-10 near the California border.

If you’re up for a true boondocking experience – and have all the essentials – we’d recommend a visit to Quartzsite.

Here’s the breakdown:

Location: Dome Rock Road, Quartzsite, Arizona

GPS: 33.6411104,-114.2979239

Date/Temp: We pulled into Quartzsite in early January and the weather has been cooler than we anticipated. Lows have been in the 40s and highs in the 60s.

Amenities: The campsite offers no amenities. It’s true dry-camping, so make sure you bring water, food, and power! The city offers a free trash facility on the north end of town, but we’ve noticed many people dumping trash (small bags) at gas stations and fast food chains. There are many places, about 5 miles away, to dump and refill your tanks.

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Wifi/Cell: The WeBoost cell booster worked wonders for our AT&T service. At our site we received one bar of 4G LTE… boosted, we received the full 5 bars. Unfortunately, our T-Mobile service was useless. The town does have a T-Mobile tower that projects a strong signal, but minimal data was being transferred. We made a few trips to the Starbucks in Blythe when we had to upload large files.

Noise: When we first arrived to our site on Dome Rock Road, it was empty & quiet. However, the reason for us camping at this location was to be part of the Xscapers convergence. By the time we got settled in, 67 rigs joined the group! It wasn’t exactly quiet, but it was the type of noise we enjoy! 🙂

Grocery/Errands: We’d recommend completing all your errands before coming to Quartzsite. There are minimal grocery options in town, and everything is overpriced. During our stay we made a few trips into Blythe (15 miles) to shop at the Smart & Final and use their Post Office.

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Dog Friendly: The campground is dog friendly, but beware of the desert terrain. River loves having so much space to play!

Entertainment: Community is our favorite part of the “Quartzsite Experience”. The main source of entertainment for us is being able to hang out with a large group of like-minded RVers. The RV & Gem Show is also a fun day trip!

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7 thoughts on “Free Camping in Quartzsite, Arizona // West Dome Rock Road

  1. Gladys

    We got there early January was a great place to camp,on our way back first part of February,like south end better out on roadrunner,this was my first year thought husband was exaggerating on the size it is bigger love it,coming back for more in a week

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  2. Given that one of the attractions of RV-ing for me is getting away from people, I truly do not get the phenomenon that is Quartzite. Basic camping in a place that looks like the surface of the moon while surrounded by a gazillion other campers strikes me as being a special circle of Hell. Glad you’re enjoying it, though.

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  3. Caroline B.

    Glad to hear you guys are back enjoying AZ! There have been a lot of overcast days & cold weather here in Bisbee this January. Hopefully it’ll warm up next week as predicted. Watching your 2017 travel plans video, glad to hear you still plan on coming this way! Keep in mind there’s BLM land right near Bisbee where you may be able to boondock.

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      1. Caroline Breslin

        I don’t have GPS, but the road name is N. Juniper Flats (above Mule Pass Tunnel). My AZ Gazetteer shows BLM land up there. The only thing is, the drive up can be steep in places, but amazing views of the mountains. We took our Campendium picture up there actually.

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