January 4, 2013 by Amanda Duffy
Boondocking is the freedom of traveling on the open roads in an RV, and setting up camp on any public land that takes your fancy. Savvy dental patients are finding they can save even more on their dental care in Mexico by reducing their flight and accommodation costs through boondocking in Quartzsite and other areas in Arizona.
The term technically means a rural, remote area of countryside filled with dense brush. The word was adopted by the RV community to describe camping in remote areas with no water or electric hook-ups. In particular, boondocking refers to camping on public lands (also known as dispersed or dispersed recreation camping). More recently, the term has also come to include camping in the car parks of shops or malls. However, the purists will argue that this is not the case – true boondocking is not just about free or cheap parking, but about parking out in the wilds.
Boondocking – The Fun and Economical Way to See the Country
A fun and economical way of seeing some remarkable countryside and meeting new people, the beauty of it is the relative lack of restrictions on where to stay (although there are some). The convenience of having your own sleeping, dining and bathroom facilities so you can enjoy the great outdoors with all the creature comforts of home can’t be under-estimated.
For some, boondocking is a lifestyle choice and outside of the city there are plenty of cheap, if not free places to park and set up camp in. Arizona has more than its fair share of terrific scenery with opportunities for state parks camping in the National Parks, as well as dispersed recreation camping on public lands.
Towns such as Quartzsite located at the cross roads of Highway 10 and Highway 95, have been welcoming travelers since the Gold Rush pioneers first came. Now over one million visitors, mainly snowbirds looking for some winter sun, descend here from November to March and set up camp. Famous for its swap meets there are tons of other activities to get involved in. Golf, bingo, dances, jam sessions, and other special events in the town means there is always something happening. January and February are particularly busy with the famous Pow Wow Gemstone Meet toward the end of January.
Be Part of the Boondocking Community
Quartzsite offers novice boondockers a chance to get to know people in this welcoming community and old-hands a chance to catch-up. At around 90 miles from Mexico’s Algodones, the Dental Capital of the World, Quartzsite is a great spot in which to pitch camp – either before or after visiting a dentist over the border.