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Camping Along Tom Wells Road Near Ehrenberg, Arizona

Location: Ehrenberg, Arizona
Type: BLM Dispersed
Access: Approximately 0.25 miles from Interstate 10, Exit 5
Coordinates: 33.622710, -114.435241
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 2-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Fee: Free
Amenities: None; primitive, dispersed camping in the desert
Website: https://www.blm.gov/arizona

Details

Quartzsite and Ehrenberg are both popular camping areas in southwest Arizona. Quartzsite is home to the annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, and RV Show. Ehrenberg, on the other hand, offers little in the way of services and entertainment, but does have plenty of free, dispersed camping on BLM-managed desert land. Often overlooked on the short drive between Quartzsite and Ehrenberg is Tom Wells Road.

Tom Wells Road, accessed via Exit 5 on Interstate 10, is a well-maintained gravel road that provides access to a very large camping area. The road is in surprisingly good condition for a BLM road, but does pass through a number of washes that may flood during rains. The area close to the Interstate is popular with campers who drive larger rigs, but there is less camping activity as you drive further back from the Interstate. The road remains in good condition for about 2-2.5 miles, but eventually deteriorates as it passes through washes.

This area has more vegetation than many desert areas, and is bordered by the scenic Dome Rock Mountains to the east. There is a network of dirt roads that run east and west from Tom Wells Road so it is fairly easy to camp away from the main route in and out of the area.

As a primitive, dispersed camping area, there are no amenities or services available. This is a nice place to camp and be alone in the desert, but you will need to bring all of your own supplies and be self-contained.

This is a rural, desert area with few services. There is a Chevron truck stop just north of Interstate 10 at Exit 5. Ehrenberg is located four miles to the west at Exit 1, but also has only a Flying J truck stop and the Ehrenberg Mini-Mall which does have a laundromat, showers, and mailbox rentals. Quartzsite is about 13 miles to the east of Tom Wells Road on Interstate 10. Quartzsite has a small grocery store, and a number or restaurants and RV-related services. Blythe, California is about 11 miles west of Tom Wells Road, also on Interstate 10. Blythe has several grocery and department stores, as well as a number of restaurants. The nearest Walmart is in Parker, Arizona which is about 50 miles to the north via Interstate 10 and Arizona 95.

Directions

Take Interstate 10 to Exit 5, an then head south on Tom Wells Road. The road makes a 90-degree turn to the right, and then a 90-degree turn to the left, within the first quarter of a mile. The road crosses a cattle guard 0.2-0.25 miles from the Interstate exit and turns to dirt and gravel. There are numerous places to camp once you cross the cattle guard.

Camping Along Ehrenberg-Cibola Road in Ehrenberg, Arizona

Location: Ehrenberg, Arizona
Type: BLM Dispersed
Access: Approximately 3 miles from Interstate 10, Exit 1
Coordinates: 33.587184, -114.477294
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 2-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Fee: Free
Amenities: None; primitive, dispersed camping in the desert
Website: https://www.blm.gov/arizona

Details

The Ehrenberg, Arizona area is a favorite spot for many full-timers and snowbirds who are looking for a free, desert campsite.

Quartzsite, Arizona is an extremely popular winter destination for many RVers and vandwellers, but its popularity also means that it is crowded and the 14-day camping limits on BLM land are enforced. After exhausting your 14-day stay in the desert near Quartzsite, you either have to pay for a campsite (RV park, dry dock area, or Long Term Visitor Area) or move to another location. Ehrenberg is a popular alternative destination for many nomads who need to move to a different camp.

The winter weather in Ehrenberg is considerably better than in much of the country. While nights can be cold, the daytime temperatures are usually pleasant with plenty of sunshine.

Ehrenberg is a small community on the Colorado River, just one mile from California. Ehrenberg has a truck stop on the south side of Interstate 10 and a local, “general store” on the north side of the Interstate. The local store is known as “The Mall,” and provides just about everything a nomad could want, including mail service, propane, water, showers, and a laundromat.

In addition to being popular with campers, the area is also frequented by those looking for a place to drive OHVs and recreational/target shooters. Weekends in particular can, unfortunately, be noisy.

Directions

The BLM-managed desert with dispersed camping is located south of Interstate 10 between the Colorado River to the west and the Dome Rock Mountains to the east.

Video Tour

This video takes you on a driving tour from Interstate 10 into the BLM dispersed camping area.

Directions

Take Exit 1 off Interstate 10, then head south toward the truck stop. At the roundabout, continue 3/4 of the way around (second exit) and then head east on the frontage road. About 1.5 miles from the roundabout the road splits. Continue to the right at the fork. There is a large area with a network of BLM roads where dispersed camping is allowed.

Camping Along the Colorado River in Ehrenberg, Arizona

Location: Ehrenberg, Arizona
Type: BLM
Access: Approximately 2 miles from Interstate 10, Exit 1
Coordinates: 33.595094, -114.537024
Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel
Phone Coverage: Verizon, 2-4 out of 5
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Fee: Free
Amenities: None; primitive, dispersed camping along the Colorado River
Website: https://www.blm.gov/arizona

Details

The desert around Ehrenberg, Arizona is a popular BLM dispersed camping area for many snowbirds. Many people find the scenery in the desert here somewhat uninspiring, however. Fortunately, there are also several free, dispersed camping sites along the Colorado River near Ehrenberg.

The BLM campsites along the Colorado River are all on the opposite side of the road from the river. Sites range from small enough to accommodate only one vehicle to large enough to accommodate a small group.

Weather in Ehrenberg can become intolerably hot during the summer months, but is generally warm and sunny during winter. Daytime temperatures are usually at least in the 50s, but can also be as warm as the 70s. Nighttime temperatures are usually in the 40s or low 50s, but can drop into the 30s or even upper 20s on occasion.

Ehrenberg is a small community that is located between Quartzsite, Arizona and Blythe, California along Interstate 10. In addition to plenty of free, dispersed camping and several RV parks, Ehrenberg also offers the Ehrenberg Mini-Mall (convenience store, laundromat, showers, water, RV dump, and more), a Flying J truck stop, and a hotel.

Directions

Ehrenberg is located off Interstate 10 at Exit 1. Proceed north from the exit for the Mini-Mall or U.S. Post Office. Proceed south toward the roundabout for BLM dispersed camping.

At the roundabout, take the first exit heading west toward the Flying J truck stop. Continue west past the truck stop and the Boss Shop. Immediately after the Boss Shop, turn left onto Ox Bow Road (there is a sign on the right side opposite Ox Bow Road). Continue on Ox Bow Road for 0.6 miles, then bear right. Continue for another 0.6 miles until the road reaches a “T” at the Colorado River. Turn left at the river. There are a number of campsites along the left side of the road opposite the river.

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