Scouting Report (AZ-01) Dispersed Camping around Quartzsite, Arizona

Dispersed campsites near Quartzsite, Arizona.

Quartzsite, Arizona is know for free dispersed camping. If you are looking for a fantastic free spot to pull the rig over and enjoy the winter sun, this location should be at the top of your lists of places to stop. The site consists of a sprawling area just over 6 miles to the north of Quartzsite with excellent cellular service. While there are no amenities at the site, you should be able to find most of the things you want and all of the things you need just a short drive away in the town of Quartzsite.

Plomosa Road Dispersed Camping

Phone :(928) 317-3200


Lat/Long: 33.748743, -114.215659

Nearby Town: Quartzsite, Arizona

Dispersed campsite Details

  • No fees, but you must get a free permit
  • Water is not available
  • No trash
  • Restrooms are not provided

There is a camp host onsite that you will need to register with as soon as you pull off of highway 95. 14 day dispersed camping is allowed with a permit thoughout the area. There are no facilities of any kind, so you will want to come with, food, water, a plan for your trash, and a plan for your restroom needs. The ground all around the Quartzsite area is very rocky and hard pact so cat hole will be extremely difficult.

Date of Report:

January 2019

Road conditions:


View of road Conditions on plomosa road
Condition of Plomosa Road

Highway 95 is a very well maintained road, as is Plomosa Road, which connects the desert campsites to the main highway. The Packed dirt and rock roads traversing the dispersed camping areas are easily passable with a normal passenger car, and should pose not significant navigational difficulty.

General Site information:

There is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy nature at the Plomosa Road 14 day dispersed camping area. While the hard packed and very rocky dirt may at a distance seem to hold little life, closer inspection will reveal many types of cacti thriving in this harsh environment. Travel by foot in the area is not overly strenuous, but there are an abundance of tiny desert flora with sharp barbs which may pose a problem for overly energetic pets. The arroyos that channel rainwater from the surrounding mountains form lots of interesting places to explore. While there is not a large amount of shade among the low desert plants, it is possible to get some relieve from the sun. If you are visiting in the winter, you will find that the climate is pleasantly warm, but at times can be a bit windy.

thoughts on Southern Arizona BLM Camping

Sunset near Quartzsite Arizona from BLM land
Sunset near Quartzsite Arizona

It is very easy to fall in love the the beauty of the Sonoran desert. Mountain peaks rise from the low plant growth thinly covering the area. Gently falling into the arroyos separating the islands and peninsulas, stretching like rocky jagged fingers across the ground. All the While huge Saguaros give shelter to birds singing praise to the winter sun. The hours pass quickly as you trace the erratic path of a lizard across the ground. The warmth of the sun is not done with the desert yet, as the sun recedes beyond distant peaks. Ushered in on a soft breeze a vibrant array of reds and oranges paint the clouds upon the horizon. It is then you know the beauty of the Sonoran desert is neither simple or plain, but vast and vibrant.

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