This is a free short-term camping area north of Quartzite, Arizona. There are no designated campsites and you may camp anywhere within the boundary of the site. This site is an excellent place to stay for a few days if you are camping in a self-contained vehicle. This site is located within close proximity to the Town of Quartzsite, where you can enjoy huge outdoor swap meets and a gem and mineral show every January and February. Recreation and leisure-time activities abound on the public lands surrounding Quartzsite, including hiking, off-highway-vehicle riding, wildlife viewing, rock-hounding, and hunting. The public lands in the Sonoran Desert offer unforgettable sunsets, gorgeous desert cacti and wildflowers, and majestic mountain ranges.
Scaddan Wash in located in La Paz County, AZ and is approximately 3.5 miles east of Quartzsite, AZ.
To reach Scaddan Wash take the Interstate 10 Frontage Road (Kuehn Street) from the mile marker 19 exit east. The camping area is south of the Frontage Road.
Camping, hiking, off-highway-vehicle use, bird watching, and rock-hounding.
A growing number of visitors choose to stay on public lands in the Arizona desert where they enjoy the mild winter climate, an independent lifestyle, and the companionship of visiting with old friends.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no facilities at this site. There are no fees for camping. The length of stay is limited to 14 days in a 28 day period. In addition to existing rules and regulations, there are supplemental rules
which are used to help manage this campground. A free 14-Day Camping Permit is available from the seasonal camp host. BLM has other camping locations in the Quartzite area that can accommodate campers for up to seven months. For more information see La Posa Long Term Visitor Area
A four-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicle is not needed to access the site. All roads and trails in the camping area are dirt roads. The site does not have wheelchair accessible features or facilities.
Camping and Lodging
Camping is available on site, with lodging available in the Town of Quartzsite.
Food and Supplies
The nearest town for gas and groceries is located in Quartzite, AZ.
The nearest hospitals are La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker, Arizona and Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, CA. In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, please call La Paz County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-293-2281.
A number of vendors permitted by the BLM provide a variety of services to public land visitors in the Quartzsite area, including potable water delivery, RV grey and black water pumping, RV repairs, and wireless internet. Available services may vary from year to year. There are no trash collection points at this site, please practice “Pack It In/ Pack It Out.”
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Yuma Field Office
2555 East Gila Ridge Road
Yuma, AZ 85365-2240
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Fax: (928) 317-3250
Field Manager: John MacDonald
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F