Campsite at BLM Hot Spring near Yuma, Mexico


We are tucked in at the Bureau of Land Management Hot Spring LTVA just off I-8, exit 131.

This is a strictly boondocking / dry camping destination. Only for those who enjoy living off your tanks. Actually that’s pretty much what most recreation vehicles have in common and why so many of us have them–the ability to move lightly on the land and carry our water and waste with us.

What you will find here are: Vault toilets near the Hot Spring (suggest bringing own TP) and a giant trash dumpster for dry garbage near the entrance to the LTVA.

The nearest drinking water and RV waste water dump station are in Holtville.

Long Term Visitor Area permits are required from Sept. 15- April 15. There are two types of permits: long term and short visit. The long term permit is $180 for the entire six-month season. A short visit permit is $40 for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase. (They can be purchased at Hot Spring LTVA.)

Our site is about 1/4 mile from the Hot Spring pools. We were able to find a fairly level patch of earth where we could back in for a little privacy (top photo). The view of our neighborhood can be seen in the middle photo. Many Canadians make their way down here for the healing waters. The bottom image gives an idea of the height of the brush in this area.

To read more about this destination, click here.

Julianne G. Crane

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