Dome Rock Road boondocking is an excellent alternative to Quartzsite’s most popular free camping sites.
The “desert southwest” 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 on I-10 near the California border.
Here’s our personal experience:
Location: Dome Rock Road, Quartzsite, Arizona
Date/Temp: We pulled into Quartzsite in early January, and the weather was cooler than anticipated. Lows have been in the 40s, and highs in the 60s.
Amenities: Dome Rock Road offers no amenities. It’s true dry camping, so bring water, food, and power! The city provides an accessible 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 (not recommended).
There are many RV Service Stations, about 5 miles away, to dump and refill your water tanks.
Wifi/Cell: The WeBoost cell booster worked wonders for our AT&T service. At Dome Rock Road, we received one bar of 5G… boosted, we received the full 5 bars.
Unfortunately, our T-Mobile wasn’t as helpful. The town has a T-Mobile tower that projects a strong signal, but minimal data was transferred. We made a few trips to the Starbucks in Blythe when we had to upload large files.
5G is available from virtually all cell phone providers, but again, overcrowded towers can make the signal useless.
Noise: When we first arrived at 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 Smart & Final and use their Post Office.
Dog Friendly: Dome Rock Rock 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 primary source of entertainment for us is hanging out with a large group of like-minded RVers. The RV & Gem Show is also a fun day trip!
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