BLM Hot Spring LTVA perfect snowbird boondocking stop near I-8 between Yuma and El Centro

BLMHotSpring_boondocking_JulianneGCraneThis is our fourth visit to the Hot Spring Long Term Visitor Area that sits on Bureau of Land Management property between El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Az.

The natural hot spring here is much more humble than the resort spa we visited earlier this week in Desert Hot Springs … it features only two small soaking pools that are within rumble distance of I-8 near Holtville, Calif.

We are boondocking for a couple days with periodic soaks in the free hot spring. This BLM destination is popular with Canadians, many of whom come down for the winter.

LTVA permits are required from Sept. 15-April 15. There are two types of permits: long term permit for $180 (U.S. funds only) for the entire season; and short visit permit for $40 (U.S. funds only) for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase. Permits may be purchased on site from camp hosts. Checks on U.S. banks are acceptable.

To read a 2012 post of a previous stay when we were traveling in our Citation 5th wheel — click here.

Photo: Camp site at the BLM Hot Spring LTVA. We used our portable 125w solar panel and tested our Yamaha 2000-watt inverter generator. (Bottom) RVer Jimmy Smith soaking the largest of the two pools. The hot spring shower is used to rinse off prior to soaking. No soap or shampoo are allowed in the hot spring area.  (Julianne G. Crane).


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