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Old 02-17-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Quartzsite & Phx - what to expect?

I'm planning to spend 4-6 weeks in Quartzsite, primarily boondocking, beginning early March with a side trip to Phoenix. I have not spent any time in the desert and have no idea what to expect. I have heard to expect lots of dust, but would like to know more about average temperatures, bug & critter issues, and any tips or warnings.

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In March it gets pretty warm, into the 90's. There is a big exodus about the 1st of March. Most of the vendors and flea markets will be closed. There are now several conventional stores that will provide every thing you need in Quartzsite. I went through Quartzsite yesterday and there are still many campers out in the desert. There is good BLM boondocking near Wickenberg, which is an easy drive to Phoenix. We are spending most of our time at Imperial Dam by the Yuma Proving Grounds, 20 miles north of Yuma. We are going to Tucson this week and then back to Imperial Dam. Once it gets warm the rattlesnakes start to com out. You just have to watch where you step, not a real problem. Coyotes, fox and burros are the other critters around, just be careful of your pets.
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The reason you haven't had more responses is John Hilley said it all...There are many places to camp dry off any North South route in Quartzite, all flat and level.
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I'm glad I asked. I may skip Quartsite this year. My plan is to follow good weather. I am leaving Houston where I have been since Thanksgiving, largely because of family stuff, and headed to Seattle for the summer. I'd like to be in Phoenix for the Good Sam Rally March 22-25, but not if I need to run the A/C.

Where can I go in March that daytime temps are in the 60's and 70’s and it doesn't rain frequently? I need to stay in the western half of the US, but can not even enter CA due to some nasty laws prohibiting private ownership of monkeys.

This is my first year full-timing and I have SO much to learn. Irv2 has been a lifesaver. The wealth of knowledge and willingness to share is resource of incalcuable value.

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Moab, Utah. Lots of BLM land, a lot of people migrate that way when it gets too warm in Quartzsite and Yuma.

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A lot of folks go to Yuma, weathers great in March and more to do there then most people realize. The old Yuma Prison is a great experience and you are on the Colorado River. Los Alcadones is just south of Yuma and a great place to have Dental work done if you don't mind going across the boarder. Head north from Yuma and go to lake Havasu or on to Bullhead City, Az. We will be at the Davis R.V. park on the 25 of March for eight days just walking distance to the Casinos in Laughlin, NV. If you like Texas Holdem the Riverside Club has a $15.00 buy in tournament daily. Good luck and enjoy your trip no matter where you end up.....thats the beauty of being able to set your on clock.
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In the desert 90 degrees will feel much different than the same 90 in Oklahoma. with 10 humidity 90 can be quite comfortable in the shade with just a light breeze. Open you windows and get the breeze and your a/c may not be needed. Heavy winds and dust are the most aggravating weather conditions in the dust, except for flash floods. Just be carefull where you park and do not linger in a heavy rain if you are in the low lands or a wash etc;

Watch for dehydration. You will need to drink lots of fluid until you acclimate. then yo need to keep it up. A person can dehydrate in a very short time and it is potentially a very dangerous condition. It strikes in a very short time if you do not hydrate. People have lost their lives on a one mile walk without water in the desert, it happens and is easily preventable.

If you hike make sure you take lots of water, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Take you cell phone. Night time temperatures are chilly so take some extra clothing just in case. Wear a hat and loose clothing and good hiking foot wear.

There are venemous snakes in the desert and it is unseasonably warm so they will be more active earlier this year. Watch where you walk do not turn over rocks or srep over bushes or piles of rocks. If you see one leave it alone. It wants nothing to do with you and will find an exit so give it some space to go. they will look for warm rocks to bask on at night since they are cold blooded and need warmth so do not trapse around at night without a flash light and reasonable caution. Don't kill them you are in their backyard not the other way around and without them you will be up to your tookus in mice the next time you camp.

The desert is a wonderful and scenic place full of life. it just takes more patience to see it and caution to enjoy. The vistas are wonderful and if you stay as long as you say you may see the desert in bloom with wild flowers it is georgeous. A dry winter may not yeild but for your sake I hope it does you will enjoy it I'm sure. Ask local people where to best see wildflowers and when they will bloom.

good luck on your stay.
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try staying on blm land north of Prescott az.hwy. 89 about 4500' all the way to ints. 40 and up to Williams az, lots of trees free camping ,temps in the 70's

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OK, you received some great advice.

Now lets see a few pictures of your monkeys!
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I'm glad I asked. I may skip Quartsite this year. My plan is to follow good weather. I am leaving Houston where I have been since Thanksgiving, largely because of family stuff, and headed to Seattle for the summer. I'd like to be in Phoenix for the Good Sam Rally March 22-25, but not if I need to run the A/C.

Where can I go in March that daytime temps are in the 60's and 70’s and it doesn't rain frequently? I need to stay in the western half of the US, but can not even enter CA due to some nasty laws prohibiting private ownership of monkeys.

This is my first year full-timing and I have SO much to learn. Irv2 has been a lifesaver. The wealth of knowledge and willingness to share is resource of incalcuable value.

Thanks everyone!
According to the Visit Phoenix website the high temp in March is 74.5. Hopefully we won't need the air con at the rally although I can run both heat pumps off 30 amps with no problems.
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A lot of folks go to Yuma, weathers great in March and more to do there then most people realize. The old Yuma Prison is a great experience and you are on the Colorado River. Los Alcadones is just south of Yuma and a great place to have Dental work done if you don't mind going across the boarder. Head north from Yuma and go to lake Havasu or on to Bullhead City, Az. We will be at the Davis R.V. park on the 25 of March for eight days just walking distance to the Casinos in Laughlin, NV. If you like Texas Holdem the Riverside Club has a $15.00 buy in tournament daily. Good luck and enjoy your trip no matter where you end up.....thats the beauty of being able to set your on clock.
Pretty good food at the casino in Yuma too. Don't forget to take in the market downtown too.
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