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Old 01-10-2019, 09:06 AM   #1
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Standard Wash BLM Disperesed... Open?

We are thinking of heading over to Standard Wash BLM dispersed camping area outside Lake Havasu City tomorrow, 1/11/19. Has anybody been there since the government shut down? Are people being allowed to camp?

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Standard Wash is an open area. There is no BLM presence so there is no fence or anything to stop you except the terrain.
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Standard Wash is an open area. There is no BLM presence so there is no fence or anything to stop you except the terrain.
Thanks.

I read on one site there is a host: "There are multiple entry points. The one with a kiosk is where the map marker is. It is rough to get into. The entrance north of it has a camphost and is easy access. If you continue north, the next entrance leads to a gravel pit."

Did you see a camp host anywhere? A kiosk?

As to entries into the area, if anyone has additional tips as to an easy entry I'd apprciate very much.
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There is no camp, no camp host, no facilities of any kind. The area is unmarked. There is a kiosk at 34.419750 -114.198955. And there are many entry points over a 2.5 mile section of AZ95. None of which are RV "friendly". Probably the best area is at the southern end of Standard Wash across from the scenic turnout at 34.395498 -114.173456. This is "downtown" active open off road area and there can be hundreds of ATV's, Side-By-Sides, Jeeps and motorcycles there.

There is a state area that is the better one in the area but you need a state land permit. It is at 34.333240 -114.136237 which has the best access.
You can get the AZ state land permit online at https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal
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There is no camp, no camp host, no facilities of any kind. The area is unmarked. There is a kiosk at 34.419750 -114.198955. And there are many entry points over a 2.5 mile section of AZ95. None of which are RV "friendly". Probably the best area is at the southern end of Standard Wash across from the scenic turnout at 34.395498 -114.173456. This is "downtown" active open off road area and there can be hundreds of ATV's, Side-By-Sides, Jeeps and motorcycles there.

There is a state area that is the better one in the area but you need a state land permit. It is at 34.333240 -114.136237 which has the best access.
You can get the AZ state land permit online at https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal
Awesome information, Dennis. Many thanks!
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Update to OP

We took Dennis_K's advice.

We entered the dispersed area across from the scenic turnout at 34.395498, -114.173456. The entry road we took is at 34.3966830, -114.1739891 according to a pin I dropped on the satellite view of Google Maps. The entry was quite do-able. First we pulled into the scenic vew area, crossed AZ 95 by foot and examined both the entry, road in, and potential campsites by foot. (We found crossing AZ 95 fairly easy but vehicles on the highway move very fast and can be on top of you before you know it, so if you choose to do this--something I do not recommend you do--be very careful.) We walked in maybe 1/4 mile and found a couple sites we thought might work. Our uncertainty was based on the terrain which is rather sloped. Our Ground Control 3 leveling system had to be outsmarted and its circuit breaker popped during leveling due to straining motors. Still, we were able to get quite level. I hope we will be able to raise the front of the RV enough to get hitched up when we leave!

Highway noise has been evident but it got pretty quiet after dark last night. Despite the fact we are here the weekend of the Lake Havasu City Balloon Festival there hasn't yet been too much activity in terms of ATVs, motorcycles, etc. so far... only 8 ATVs in one group have driven past, and but a few RV and trucks have driven the access road past us... but it's early yet.
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