About a half hour north-west of Yuma, just across the California/Arizona border is a massive area known as the Imperial Dam Long Term Visitation area. This camping area covers more than 3500 acres, and trust me on this one 3500 acres is one big campground. In the summer time you can camp out there for free but between mid September and mid April the prices really go up. In their high season camping out there will cost you $40 for 14 days (NOT $40 per day, $40 for 14 days) or $180 for up to 7 months. There are no hook-ups and you are certainly camping but water, sewer and bathrooms are all readily available.
We learned about this area back in October from a couple we met in Glowing Embers RV Park in Edmonton, Alberta.
We were out for a walk with the dogs one morning and he (Doug) was busy packing up their RV, obviously getting ready to go somewhere. He was happy to tell us that they were heading south for the winter to spend 5 or 6 months camping in the desert. The next day we saw them again, they were hooking up this time, we jokingly promised to drop in on them if we were ever in their neighborhood near Yuma.
Yesterday we took a drive out to see this area they had told us about. With hundreds of RV’s out there all parked just where ever they want to park and 3500 acres of desert we were out to see the area, not to find anyone in particular.
We’re out there poking around (it is really pretty out there for a desert) and I spy a familiar trailer. Meet Doug and Irene Fairbanks, just two more friendly RVers enjoying every day of their life.