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Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:06:03 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I've not posted to this section of the forum yet, but now have some questions. Wondering when camped in those areas, if people have the mouse problems that can be experienced in the Gilbert Ray areas? Being in a nature setting, I understand that you are in their turf but still wondering if there are difficulties?

Also being an amateur astronomer, wondered how safe it is to be out at night when a lot of the predators are moving around and hunting? While I would stay very close to the coach, wondering how close mountain lions can get in the KOFA area?

The idea of boondocking in these regions is appealing. I'd like to see how long we could go in our coach. I figured taking a little extra gas and water, we could possibly go the full 14 days. I am basing this off the time we stretched things out at campgrounds while not connected to things other than electric. Figuring on running the generator on board no more than 6 to 7 hours each day.

Part of the fun is trying and finding out what you can do.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 05:45:20 PM »
Hi Al. We've been boondocking at KOFA for more than 20 years, several times a year. It's our favorite place to camp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1OOmiy5N8

We've camped alone and in groups, deep in the preserve and as close as a mile from the highway (95). We've hiked for miles and explored the area on foot and in Jeeps. I know Pumas are there, but we've never even seen one. The only wildlife issues we've ever had were when a critter of some kind (probably a coyote) got in our trash in the middle of the night.

It's a great place to star gaze and just relax. There's no place to dump or get water nearby (Quartzsite is about 28 miles north, Yuma 45 miles south) but it's beautiful boondocking for sure.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 08:18:53 PM »
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your reply! I take it then you have not had any mouse problems. When we were renting a fifthwheel near Gilbert Ray, all the land owners put lights under their RV's and cars and trucks as the long tail mice get into places and eat things like wires. Apparently lights keep them out. Mice there can do a lot of damage to vehicles.

I'll look up mountain lions and try to get an idea of their behavior at night. I looked on the KOFA gov. site and got no idea of what to expect. I could call them up and ask. I know mountain lions are less likely to attack a larger person or group. I've hiked in Oregon solo before where they are at. Still one person by themselves at night might be an invitation.

I am leaning hard on doing this at least one time.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2017, 01:29:38 AM »
We've seen wild burros, rabbits, coyotes, lizards and birds, but no mice. Big horn sheep roam the area too, but we haven't been fortunate enough to see them.

Kev
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2017, 05:42:05 PM »
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 07:07:10 PM »
Hi,

Wouldn't mind running into a few RV Forum members there sometime. Telescope and stars would be on me!

Keeping a healthy distance from the big horn sheep (if you see them) would be a priority. I figure the areas I have seen where people are camping, aren't loaded with vegetation, so mice running across an open area would probably end up a meal for various other animals in the region.

Also, wondering, after you camp for 14 days and dump and resupply, my understanding it you can camp again as long as it is 25 miles further down the road. So on could spend a month or more if you wanted to. Thanks for the re-enforcement!

AL
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2017, 11:24:43 AM »
Hi,

Wouldn't mind running into a few RV Forum members there sometime. Telescope and stars would be on me!

AL
Several Forum members have expressed the same sentiments about hooking up at KOFA in cooler months. A lot of them will be at the Quartzsite RV show in January, so maybe they won't mind heading a little further south to KOFA for another mini rally. We camp there in Jan, Feb & mid March, so lets keep it in mind for early 2018 - and I'll take you up on your telescope offer.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2017, 03:22:43 PM »
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 09:47:38 AM »
Hi,

It's my goal to attend the Quartzite gathering sometime with forum members and then hitting KOFA area seems like a good way to go when you are already there. Quartzite seems a bit scary with as many people who attend. I would like to check out as many tents and possibly do some updates on our coach. Dumping tanks and resupplying water/food/fuel seems like it could be less than fun, in order to head out to KOFA with so many other RV'ers in one place.

I have to see if it is possible to get away for these events as we sometimes have other obligations that keep us home. With that said I will make an effort to get out that way and meet up with folks. I'll most likely comment when the time is closer. I would enjoy meeting some more forum members! Best and thanks!

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 02:26:13 PM »
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Quartzite seems a bit scary with as many people who attend.

Not sure why you would think Q is scary.  It's a really big desert and people are pretty well scattered around.  It easily fits everyone.  And RVers are a pretty tame bunch!  We've been attending every January since maybe the mid-1980s.  The sunsets alone are worth the visit.  And, of course, if you come down to the BLM area 541 you'll find a bunch of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet - the RV Forum folk!

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2017, 04:16:12 PM »
What are the typical day/night temps. in Quartzite in January?  Also what is "KOFA".
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2017, 05:12:51 PM »
Daytime can be shorts weather in Q, although in recent years we haven't worn shorts much.  Look at the photos taken at the Quartzsite rallies and you'll find us in shorts some years and bundled up in parkas in other years.  We go prepared for both extremes.  Evenings tend to be on the cool side when the campfire feels good, but the day of our 2017 potluck was lovely and we all sat outside for a long time into the evening.  KOFA is the abbreviation for King of Arizona in Yuma Co., AZ.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2017, 06:08:13 PM »
"K of A" was the stamp of the King of Arizona gold mine, a large operation that started in the 1890s.   The mountain range surrounding the mine is known as the KOFA Mountains.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2017, 06:41:50 PM »
Not sure why you would think Q is scary.  It's a really big desert and people are pretty well scattered around.  It easily fits everyone.  And RVers are a pretty tame bunch!  We've been attending every January since maybe the mid-1980s.  The sunsets alone are worth the visit.  And, of course, if you come down to the BLM area 541 you'll find a bunch of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet - the RV Forum folk!

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I was also spooked at the thought of a hundred thousand rigs, but Ardra is right that the desert is huge. When we were at the rally this year, we had plenty of space between rigs. If you want to be by yourself (not at the rally) there are plenty of spots for that too.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2017, 06:58:59 PM »
Lou, thanks very interesting, I found this:
https://www.mindat.org/loc-13854.html
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2017, 08:09:05 PM »
What are the typical day/night temps. in Quartzite in January?  Also what is "KOFA".
It can get frosty.  ;) dawn at the Q Jan. 2016
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2017, 08:11:43 PM »
I was also spooked at the thought of a hundred thousand rigs, but Ardra is right that the desert is huge. When we were at the rally this year, we had plenty of space between rigs. If you want to be by yourself (not at the rally) there are plenty of spots for that too.

This is true. we were about a half mile from the dump site and weren't crowded a bit.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2017, 04:54:13 PM »
Here are some sample photos from various years that show our RV Forum rally in the BLM land known as Section 541 or Road 541.  Some years are warm and some years are cool.  Once in a while it's wet but mostly dry.  Attire is casual!  Sunsets and rainbows are wonderful.  And framily is the best!

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2017, 07:16:47 PM »
The pictures indicate cooler temps than I'd hoped for.

2018 will be our first year away from the cold and sometimes down right brutal N. Illinois winter.

Quartzite and KOFA are in our sights for at least a few weeks in late Jan, early Feb. Are there any plans or organization for forum members to meet up?

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2017, 10:25:28 PM »
2017 was our 1st time to a rally in the Q it was a bit cold but better then in Michigan, It was a great time and we met a bunch of great folks.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2017, 05:52:53 PM »
Weather during the Quartzsite rally varies a lot as the photos show (seldom cold enough for parkas!) and most of us wear jeans and sweatshirts with warmer jackets early in the morning and in the evening.  The Quartzsite rally isn't something we really plan but whoever is available during the RV show arrives in the 541 area a day or so before the show starts.  That's about two miles south of town on the west side of U.S. 95 at the second ranger entry station.  The 35th Annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show will be from Jan 20-28, 2018.  Watch the Rallies, Shows and Events board for someone to start a 2018 Quartzsite discussion.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2017, 11:37:57 AM »
Yeah, it occasionally gets below freezing in January in Quartzsite, but the average low temp is about 40F, and it starts warming up from there. Camping in KOFA is exactly like camping in Quartzsite - just without all the people. As the dates gets closer, I'll start posting about some KOFA dates after the Quartzsite show. I know a few places off of Kings RD that can handle a group of RVs, but I'm open to suggestions if anyone else has any preferences.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2017, 12:23:05 PM »
Thank you Kevin.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2017, 09:46:28 PM »
Is there a dress code? Do you allow pluggers and dirt bikers? Mild old dirt bikers, not noisy crazy dirt bikers. :)  We usually stay on Plamosa and have been over by Bouse but would like to check out Kofa.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2017, 12:00:49 PM »
Hi QZ. KOFA is a preserve, so off-roading in the traditional sense isn't allowed. There are several dirt roads you can ride/drive on, that run through the preserve, and we drive our Jeep on them all the time, but they're pretty benign. A 2WD vehicle with a little extra ground clearance could handle them.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2017, 01:01:56 PM »
I see. That will work for us. Of course we are older and have low key bikes so we're not going crazy tearing stuff up. My DW rides too so we go out cruising around. We have ridden the trails off of Plamosa Rd toward Bouse and south to 10.  There are some pretty rugged trails back in there. It's easy to get used to one place but I hope to check out KOFA and the other areas down that way this winter.  I'll watch for your posts and possibly see y'all out there.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2017, 01:05:45 PM »
Great! Hope to see you there.
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2017, 02:01:44 AM »
I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd let everyone know when we're going to be at KOFA - just in case others wanted to join us. Well, if anyone's still interested, we'll be there from Tuesday January 9th 2018 through at least Friday the 12th. We may stay a little longer - we'll see.

If anyone's interested in joining us, you're more than welcome. Let me know and I'll post some specifics on where we'll be. It's serious boondocking, with no water, dumping or services for nearly 30 miles, but it's easy to get to (even for big rigs) and a beautiful place to relax - and it's free.

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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2017, 01:09:08 AM »
Hi Kevin and all,

Our plans are still more or less up in the air on KOFA. We've been helping kids out and I am behind (just slower than use to be) on getting some things done here in the sticks and brick. If I can get some important items done then would be up to heading out that way and meeting up with some of the amazing people here on the forum who camp there. I'll let you know when time get closer.

I hope others make an effort to attend and enjoy the area!
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Re: Boondocking in Quartzite/KOFA Areas
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2017, 01:15:05 AM »
Thanks Al... I hope you can make it too.

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