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New Post 9/17/2014 10:00 AM
  sophocles
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Newbie: Tent camping in the Long Term Visitor Areas in Arizona 
Hello all! I am new to this forum. I look forward to your tips and expertise. I am spending the winter either at Quartzsite, Arizona or on one of the Imperial Dam reservoir long term visitor areas. I have Google-mapped those areas with satellite, and all that is clear that it is mostly treeless desert. Is anyone on this forum familiar with tent camping in the desert for an extended period, or has actually camped in one of these LTVAs? Is the soil sandy and loose, or rock hard? I was thinking 10" inch tent stakes would be the best choice. I was planning on a basic tarp lean-to for sleeping, and then a dining fly-canopy for day time. Considering windy conditions, wouldn't the tent poles need staked-down foot pads? Any advice, resources, links, etc are greatly appreciated. Happy Camping! Let's have a wonderful fall and even better winter!
 
New Post 9/19/2014 9:36 AM
  sophocles
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Re: Newbie: Tent camping in the Long Term Visitor Areas in Arizona 
I am gathering from the "no-replies" that tent-camping is either not feasible or is frowned upon in the Arizona LTVAs. Many of the areas are open only to "self-contained units". Tent-camping only is possible within 500 feet of a public toilet. I keep learning more all the time.
 
New Post 4/21/2015 2:24 PM
  beemerbum
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Re: Newbie: Tent camping in the Long Term Visitor Areas in Arizona 
Hey Sophocles! I think us tent campers are a very silent minority here (and lots of other places). Pfft- RVers can HAVE their rigs. Tenting is camping. Can't really be specific on the LTVAs, by now you probably have your answer anyway. Just remember to try to keep it simple, keep a journal to note what works for you and what doesn't, including stuff you brought and never used. and have fun!!
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