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Quartzsite - How Much Does Free Camping Cost?
Posted On 01/13/2010 05:39:13 by KevsKnight

A quick wrap-up of our first 12 days in the desert. One of our reasons for doing this was to save some money on camping costs, so we wanted to see how much this "free camping" would actually cost us. I am doing "rough numbers", but they are pretty close.

  • We stayed in the BLM Dispersed Camping Area called La Posa North LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area).
  • We filled water, propane, and diesel just before going out to the place we would park for 12 days.
  • We ended with just under a quarter tank of fresh water at the end of the 12 days.
  • We refilled our jugs of drinking water one time during our time out there, which we used for drinking, cooking, and coffee.
  • The generator was run for a total of 52 hours during that time. 

Our costs for the 12 days camping were:

  • BLM Permit: 14 days - $40.00
  • Propane: 9.7 gallons: $28.00
  • Freshwater Fill and Waste Dump: $10.00 
  • Diesel Fuel: 17 gallons: $50.00
  • Total Camping Costs: $128.00 for 12 Days

$128 for 12 days of camping comes out to about $10.70 per day, or about $75 per week, or about $320 per month. Having just come from Malibu Beach RV, that number seemed VERY low!


Was the cost worth the adventure? By all means, yes. As Technomadia said, it is kind of like being at Burning Man, without the Thumpa-thumpa, and the cool costumes. We met some really nice people, and had awesome walks, and saw the most incredible sunsets. We also learned a lot about how our normal consumption of resources is usually without thought, and it would be better to start thinking about it more - apply some boondocking techniques to our normal lives.

Now I'm going to go squish my feet through some warm sand for a week, then back to the desert to finish up the month. Looking forward to both, but the warm sand thing just a little more ;)

 


 

Tags: Quartzsite Adventure Boondocking



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06/09/2010 17:43:59


BeBe wrote:
Well, that does sound exactly like Burning Man - thanks for the info, we will have to go check it out - how big are your fresh, grey & black water tanks??  Also, what was the weather like there in January?

Like Burning Man, but with amenities :) We have 100 gallons of fresh, 60 grey and 40 black. We would refill our jugs with R/O water we would buy in town, so our drinking water came from that. 

The weather was beautiful! I was really surprised. I would watch the weather for the country and that area seemed to be the warmest during January. Hoping to get out there again this coming January!



06/09/2010 15:25:21
Well, that does sound exactly like Burning Man - thanks for the info, we will have to go check it out - how big are your fresh, grey & black water tanks??  Also, what was the weather like there in January?


02/11/2010 22:54:11

We always notice that our other costs are also lower when we are boondocking. There isn't usually anywhere to eat out, so we cook even more than usual. We don't spend money on entertainment because we are hiking more, etc. Boondocking helps many of our budget categories.




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