Travel Arizona: Saddle Mountain BLM Dispersed Camping

Travel Arizona: Saddle Mountain BLM Dispersed Camping

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RV boondocking. Some of the greatest camping spots are where there are no water, electric, or sewer hookups. If you’re set up for boondocking, be sure to visit the Saddle Mountain BLM Dispersed Camping area. And bring your fly swatter!


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We left Hobbs, NM bound for Quartzsite, AZ to meet up with other Fulltime Families. However, some of the families we were most looking forward to meeting in Quartzsite decided to skip that hangout and set up in the Saddle Mountain BLM area.

Because our kids were looking forward to hanging out with kids they already knew, we changed our plans and decided to head to Saddle Mountain for a few days before moving on to Quartzsite.

Saddle Mountain BLM: Location

Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain BLM is located just south of I-10 near the town of Tonopah, AZ. There are many different dirt roads that you can choose from, some more accessible to big rigs than others. You can easily see all of the RVs spread out around the area as you come in on the paved road.

Saddle Mountain BLM: Fees and Campsites

Saddle Mountain BLM view from our campsite

Boondocking here is FREE and you can stay for up to 14 days. Camping spots are pretty much unlimited. If all the initial spots you see are taken, just keep driving farther down the road or turn around and try another dirt road.

There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups. If you need an internet signal to work during the day, we found that both AT&T and Verizon cell signals were good.

We set up in a large group camping area with 7 other families. Other than our own group of children, the BLM area seemed fairly quiet.

Saddle Mountain BLM: Things To Do

Relax

Enjoy yourself. Watch the sunrise and sunset.

Spend time with friends

Playing with friends at Saddle Mountain BLM

Just hang out. Meet new people. Chat around the campfire.

Or maybe go wildcrafting. One of the ladies taught me how to forage for Creosote.

Hiking

If you’re so inclined, hike up the mountains that give you such a beautiful view while you’re boondocking here. We went as a group one day and did the “easy” hike.

Beginning of the hike at Saddle Mountain BLM
View of our campsites from the top of the mountain we hiked

The young boys were like mountain goats. They all made it up that mountain in no time, leaving the rest of us behind to huff and puff our way as we climbed.

Here’s a photo of all the kids and a couple of moms resting after we made it to the top.

Resting at the top of the mountain on our hike
Photo courtesy of K. Tressel

Then it was time to head down. At one point I slipped and fell on my tailbone and scraped up my hands and arms. Then Brent decided to fall into a cactus. YIKES!!! But despite all the difficulty getting back down, we made it back to the camper and called it a successful hike.

Fly swatting tournaments

Ok, ok. This didn’t really happen. But it should totally be a thing. I hear there’s some sort of chicken farm near the area that wasn’t being kept up very well. This was causing a massive amount of flies in the area.

Every time we opened the door, hundreds (maybe I’m exaggerating again) of flies swarmed in and took over our home on wheels. Fly strips were covered, the floor was covered with dead flies I had swatted, and the walls were covered with flies just waiting for me to smash them to their deaths.

I think someone in the group went to the store almost every day and brought back more fly strips to share. That’s how bad the flies were.

Despite some days being cold and windy, and despite the massive invasion of flies, we had a great time at Saddle Mountain. Friends make all the difference!


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