Boondocking at the Ogilby Road BLM near Yuma AZ

The last few years we have been coming to the free Ogilby Road BLM 14-day dry camping spot just west of the Arizona/California border about 14 miles west of Yuma, AZ. It’s a flat section of arid desert off of Ogilby RD (SR34) a few miles north of Interstate 8.

The main reason we came was its close proximity to Los Algodones, Mexico a town offering cheap dental work, pharmaceuticals, eyeglasses, etc. Now that our teeth are in good shape we still find ourselves returning to enjoy the peaceful desert atmosphere and mountain views.

Ogilby BLM location

Since the firm ground is fairly flat and the camping area is large it’s perfect for dry camping in any sized rig. Many times big Class “A”s dominate the landscape. The campsite suitable land is plentiful and separated by sandy, brushy washes so isolation can be had or folks can meet up in larger groups. The many roads and trails are ideal for mountain biking, ATVs or hiking. The area is dog-friendly, lots of room for Rover to run with very few cactus.

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My favorite past times at Ogilby are relaxing at happy hour watching the setting sun light up the nearby rocky hills or activity at the RV hummingbird feeder. The landscape is full of Ocotillo plants supporting many of these interesting tiny birds.

Anna's Humming Bird

Anna’s Humming Bird

Another reason for a boondocker to like Ogilby Road is access to services we need. Just to the west of us down Interstate 8 is the Sandhills Rest Area with a fresh water tap and several large garbage bins. A few miles to the east is the Sidewinder Road Chevron Gas Station with an RV dump, propane, drinking water, food mart and of course fuel including diesel. It’s a little on the expensive side but sometimes more convenient than driving into Yuma.

Ogilby Road is a BLM camping area, the posted signs say stays as long as 14 days are permitted. There are also private lands to the east of it that I hear allow free dry camping. Do a Google search for American Girl Mine Road or Sidewinder Road camping for more info on those. To the west is the Imperial Sand Dunes, also a fun place to camp but not anything free that I know of. It can get very very crowded on weekends with ATVs, dirt bikes and dune buggies having a blast out there.

Video from Ogilby Road BLM Camping

Campsite at the Ogilby Road Photos

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  • Thomas Jones

    Hi Ray, Been here a couple of days now. Didn’t realize how large this place is. There isn’t many of us here. The walk to the mountain was a lot farther than it looked!

    • Ya, lots of room, it gets busier after the holidays when the next wave of snowbirds head south.

      • Thomas Jones

        Thanks for posting about it. Great place to stop to pick up some “free” nights. Going to be heading to San Diego for the holidays, but we plan to come back and spend more time in the area.

  • David Lee

    Ray, who polices the 14 day stay on BLM land? I’ve always wondered that since I began researching extended boondocking. Thanks!

    • Hi David. It’s different usually depending on the popularity of the land. Many of the less used places are basically the honor system as there are not enough rangers to watch it all. In northwest New Mexico, I met and talked to a BLM ranger and he said there were 5 rangers for all of New Mexico!
      Sometimes I suspect the 14 days is more so they can evict folks if they are becoming a nuisance.
      The more popular places like Quartzsite for example have volunteer camp hosts that register you then you post the paperwork in your rig window.
      You can always visit or call the local BLM office for each area to get more info and advice. Cheers.

      • David Lee

        Thanks for the info, Ray. I kinda thought that might be the reason for the 14 day limit. One more question for you as a long-time boondocker: What do you do for extra water? Camping World has their 45 gal bladder on sale for $90. I have found a company that makes hard plastic tanks, and they have one that is 90 gal. I could fit two of them in my truck bed (one for fresh, one for black) in front of my 5th wheel hitch, but they’re $350 a piece! Ouch. What do you think?

        • We have a 60-gallon tank in the RV, it usually lasts a week or so then we either move on to a different place or run in dump and refill. A friend of ours uses a 65-gallon rigid tank and a 45-gallon tote for black. His 40-foot rig is a little more of a hassle to move. It works well for him, he also has a macerator pump to pump his waste water up into the tote on his truck.
          Our trailer is pretty small with only the one slide so a little more nimble. I’d like to get a 30-40 gallon bladder though to top the fresh water tank, as our waste capacity is 120 gallons so we could extend to 2 weeks. It’s on the old wishlist. 🙂

  • Kimberly Flores

    Great post, as always Ray! Thanks for sharing.