Imperial Dam LTVA


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Senator Wash Rd.
Winterhaven, CA 92283
Official Website

GPS: 32.9014, -114.4933

Last Price Paid: $1
Weekly Rate: Yes
Monthly Rate: Yes
Pad Type: dirt
Tent Camping: Yes

A recreation permit is required at Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) September 15th - April 15th. A long term LTVA permit is $180 for the entire season. A short visit LTVA permit is $40 for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase. Camping is allowed during the off-season between April 16th - September 14th at no cost, but the standard 14-day limit for dispersed camping on BLM land applies.

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Prescott, AZ
25 Airstream Safari
2004 Nissan Titan
5 reviews
Nightly rate: $1
Days stayed: 8
Site Number: 1

Rich would stay here again

“Boondocking Magic!”

Reviewed Dec 14, 2016

Overall Rating

The Imperial Dam LTVA (long term visitor area) is a BLM dry camping location right on the AZ / CA border. A short drive to Yuma AZ for all of your supplies.

This is one of our favorite boondocking sites now. People are spread out all over the desert, and they're incredibly friendly. Everybody gives you a wave!

We purchased the $180 yearly pass which runs from September through April. Basically that works out to $1 per day. There is a dump station and fresh water refill at the main entrance on Senator Wash Road. The BLM volunteers are great folks!

Keep in mind, this is a totally off grid location. No power, no hookups of any kind. You've got to budget your water usage and power usage if out here for an extended stay. Solar power or generators are a must if you plan to be here for a while. In our case, we're spending almost all of December here.

The big surprise factor for us was the fact that we have great Verizon LTE network coverage here, so we can still work while enjoying a beautiful location. Quiet nights, dark skies, friendly happy campers....yeah, this is exactly what we look for when boondocking!

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Verizon 4G
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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Boondocking Paradise Found – Imperial Dam

After spending some time in the LTVA in Quartzsite, our RV was pointed south.  While Quartzsite is an interesting place, and probably the largest boondocking area in the Southwest, going “off season...

  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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