~ Let’s go camping, have fun and make more friends! ~

CARAVAN CAMPS ~ located by Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA)

Red Bighorn Caravan in Pahrump, October 2021.  Courtesy of Grey.

On an impromptu basis, HOWA will suggest a current location to casually camp with others for fun and community building. The camp location will typically be on lands managed by the BLM where each camper may stay for up to 14 days. The location is chosen at the last minute to assure its availability. The camp is also selected for its proximity to HOWA’s organized events, nearby towns for supplies, services, cell connectivity, and accessibility by all types and sizes of rigs.

While larger society is often divided and divisive, at these impromptu camps we trust that people will focus on all that brings us together.

We camp simply, are self-sufficient, care for nature, and take heed when the road calls.

Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA)

While at the Caravan Camps, we hope you find some life-long friends, your personal tribe to “see down the road.”

 


Quick Link to FAQs about the Camps

VISIT THIS PAGE REGULARLY TO LEARN IF THERE IS A CURRENT CAMP LOCATION

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HOWA strives to align any activities with BLM regulations. To that end, we no longer provide any scheduled caravans.

If available, a camp location will be posted on this webpage on an impromptu basis. Please check back regularly to see if a location has been posted on this site.

Please check out “some of the past camp locations?” in the FAQs below to see suggestions for camping locations between times.

HOW to find if a 14-day location has been posted for casual camping with friends:
~~~ FIRST ~ Review Liability Release (below), then
~~~ SECOND ~ Click that you agree to the Liability Release

~~~The detailed info for any current camps will “drop down” just below where you clicked to agree to the Liability Release.

~~ LIABILITY RELEASE ~ ~ click HERE to review ~~

Liability Release

Going camping is inherently dangerous and risk is a necessary part of it. When you join a camp, you open yourself up to so many potential risks, we could not begin to list them all. It is totally impossible for us to go around with you and brush aside all potential danger to you, so we are not offering you any guarantee of safety. Just the opposite, we guarantee that there will be many normal and even some abnormal risks around you. By going a camp, you are agreeing that camping is risky and you join the caravans knowing that you alone are taking on that risk and that Homes On Wheels Alliance, Inc. can not be held liable for any harm that befalls you while at a Caravan Camp.

Now for the legal wording that requires your agreement:


Activity Release Agreement & Waiver

By joining a Caravan Group, you (the Participant), and Homes On Wheels Alliance, Inc. (HOWA) do contract and agree as follows:

You, the Participant, hereby release and discharge HOWA, and any representative of HOWA of all claims, causes of actions, liabilities, disputes, demands, damages, agreements, contracts, obligations, promises, debts, and/or accounts of any kind or any nature, whether currently known or unknown, for any damage, loss, injury or death relating to actives at the Caravan Camp, or participation in activities at the Caravan Camp, which you, the Participant, have or may have in the future against HOWA, or any representative of HOWA, specifically applicable to any claims of negligence against HOWA or any representative of HOWA, as well as all other claims as described herein.

By joining the Caravan Camp, the Participant agrees to this entire Release and Waiver Agreement.

The Participant understands, acknowledges and agrees that this Release is a final settlement for any and all claims or actions relating to or arising out of Caravan Camp and that Participant has had the opportunity to carefully review the terms of this Release and Waiver Agreement and/or have it examined by an attorney if so desired. Participant further understands that Participant will not be allowed to litigate any claims against HOWA as a consequence of agreeing to this Waiver and Release Agreement, despite any injury that may be sustained during participation in Caravan Camps. The Participant and HOWA are entering into this Release & Waiver Agreement voluntarily.

This Release & Waiver Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous understandings, whether written or oral.

~ End Liability Release ~


Now go to the Caravan Group Section to agree to this Liability Release.

Click HERE (once) to attest that you AGREE to the Liability Release (then look directly underneath for current Caravan info).


Updated 2/22/24    ~  Please refresh your screen to see the most current information  ~

Now is the time to camp with the fellow nomads that you already know or met at previous caravans or at the RTRs. Nomads, from my experience, are a friendly group usually looking for fellow nomads to share a campfire or a morning cup of coffee. Others enjoy hiking, photography or rock hunting.  Take advantage of this time to try locations you find on your own or with others. Look at the FAQs below to see previous locations HOWA has used for caravans.

A new in person caravan will be established during March. Please keep check back on this website for the March location!

Happy travels until then ~ See you down the road!

 

 

A California fire permit is required to legally have a campfire. The BLM website states “Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.”

They are easily obtained online for free. Here is the linkCalifornia Campfire Permit

 

WHERE SHOULD YOU GO BETWEEN HOWA-SUGGESTED CAMP LOCATIONS?

The breaks between HOWA Caravan Camps give you a chance to build your nomad skills of exploring and building a network of nomad friends. Please check out the FAQs for suggested locations for you to boondock on your own or with friends you meet at the HOWA Caravans. We call these groups that bond and camp together “spin-offs”. Please check out the FAQs to learn more about spin-offs.  In HOWA’s eyes, these are considered a huge success as new nomads branch out.

~~ FAQs ~~

Questions and Recommendations for New and Seasoned Nomads Alike!
(Click each to see the response.)

What is a HOWA Caravan?

Friends at a HOWA camp in Pahrump, Fall 2020.

These camps are for people who want to join friends from the mobile community. HOWA announces a specific location for participants to come together for unorganized, casual camping.  Camps range from 5 to 75 people, depending on the number who show up and how many vehicles the camping location will accommodate. Campers are free to stay to themselves or join-in, as they desire.

Camp locations accommodate many types of rigs – cars, vans, RVs and more

Campers stay at a dispersed camping location no more than 14 days. Many nomad friendships evolve while camping together. After their 14 days is over, folks are encouraged to ‘spin off’ into their own personal groups.  They move to a new location of their own choice.  Campers take this opportunity to develop more skills at finding dispersed camping locations and developing a larger network of nomad friends.

Dispersed camping on public lands is free — casual camping with no amenities.  No registration needed.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and, if available, find where others are camping.

How do I sign up to join a Caravan?

Join a Caravan Camp:

Dispersed camping on public lands is free — casual camping with no amenities.  No registration needed.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and, if available, find where others are camping.

What is the Caravan Announcement Schedule?

Campers follow BLM’s length of stay requirement of no more than 14 days at the camp location.

From December through February, the general locations of the camps will be within a 1.5 hr drive of Quartzsite, AZ. Specific locations will be posted from time to time. When a camp location has been selected, the specific coordinates will become visible after you agree to the Liability Statement.  (Note: Do not follow Google Maps or other mapping program’s off-pavement directions to the GPS coordinates.)

 

Dispersed camping on public lands is free — casual camping with no amenities.  No registration needed.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and, if available, find where others are camping.

How do I a find a Caravan's Location?

To make it as easy as possible for participants to find a Caravan location:

    1. Written directions to the Caravan Camp above on this web page (once agreeing to the Liability Statement) will be posted when the Caravan begins, as well as

    2. GPS coordinates* to center camp above on this web page (once agreeing to the Liability Statement). (Click here for Bob Wells’ CheapRVLiving video to learn about GPS Coordinates.

*Recommendation:  Once off pavement, do not follow Google Maps’ directions (or any other mapping program’s directions) to the GPS coordinates of center camp.  The mapping programs will take you the shortest distance.  On dirt and gravel roads, the shortest distance is not always the safest route.  Look at satellite views for a better idea of the safest route.  Read the written directions provided for a safer route.  Many have got stuck in sand, or unable to turn around, when blindly following the mapping program’s directions to GPS coordinates in the back country.  Click here for Bob Wells’ CheapRVLiving video to learn about GPS Coordinates. Keep yourself safe!

 

Dispersed camping on public lands is free — casual camping with no amenities.  No registration needed.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and, if available, find where others are camping.

What do I do when I arrive at a Caravan Camp?

A personal camp in Pahrump, Fall 2018. Courtesy of Phyllis.

When you arrive:

    1. You may see a person at the center camp location waiting to welcome you. If so, stop to introduce yourself!

    2. If there are other nomads at the location, give a wave, smile, or quick hello to your campmates who are out and about, then

    3. Locate a place for your personal camp (read below for recommendations for selecting a personal camp), then

    4. Set up your personal camp, then,

    5. If people gather together, join any evening and morning gathering around a campfire, as you desire.  This is the primary place where participants congregate in order to get to know one another.  This is where community begins.

  1. Dispersed camping on public lands is free — casual camping with no amenities.  No registration needed.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and, if available, find where others are camping.

Recommendations for selecting your personal camp.

A small Caravan Camp where some rigs are. close together and others spread out.

Recommendations to select your personal camp within the larger camping group:

  • Arrive with plenty of sunlight to spare.  It’s not fun finding or setting up camp in the dark.

  • Find a personal camp location that is the desired distance*:

    • From center camp, and

    • From other participants’ personal camps.

    • Note:  Keep the personal campsites closest to center camp for those with mobile disabilities, and

  • Select a safe place to put your personal camp.  Important note:

    • In the desert, avoid camping in washes (dry creek beds).

    • Even though you’ll see more shade in the washes, they may become dangerous torrents of water when raining in the surrounding mountains.

  • If you select a location that is close to others’ personal camps:

    • Ask if your distance is too close (especially if lots of other places are available for you to park).

    • If too close, select another location for your personal camp.

  • If you expect to do anything that may intrude on others’ experiences of being in nature, examples — burn outside lights all night long, create noise (late campfire discussions, run a generator, play music, have loud pets, etc.), make odors (engines, cigarettes, etc.) — talk with your potential neighbors to make sure they are OK with that.

    • Suggestion: Be as specific as possible when talking with your potential neighbors.  For example, if you run a generator just a few minutes in the morning and evening to power a microwave, that may be ok with them; whereas, if you run a generator all night long to keep your swamp cooler going, they may ask you to move elsewhere.

    • As a courtesy, if someone new stops near by, let them know before they set up their personal camp.  They may want to move elsewhere.

    • In the desert, sound carries very clearly for a very long distance (miles).

  • Neighbors differing convictions and actions about disease precautions may be another reason you may want to move your camp elsewhere.  See below for HOWA’s recommendations for being the kind, caring, supportive community that we are … even among those whose convictions and actions oppose our own.

*S0me people like to be close in, and others far away from center camp (a half mile or more).  There’s not a single right way to select your personal camp location.  In fact, you can move your personal camp every day if you want to!

What does HOWA provide BEFORE each Caravan Camp begins?

  • The camp locations meet the following criteria:

    • In compliance with the policies of that public land (number of campers, length of stay and distance from last stay),

    • Sufficient room for 75, or sometimes less rigs to comfortably camp together without doing damage to the land or plant life,

  • The locations meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

    • Internet service by at least one major carrier,

    • Within an hour’s drive of town for supplies,

    • Mostly comfortable weather, based on historical data,

    • Dispersed camping on public lands is free.  Registration with BLM is typically not required (except in the busy season in Quartzsite, AZ).  

How much do I prepare? What will HOWA provide AFTER the Caravan begins?

Nothing will be provided at the camp location.

To avoid onerous and costly permitting processes, these camps are casual camping only. HOWA is not providing any organization or amenities.

  • Campers are encouraged welcome one another.

  • Campers typically learn lots from each other about the nomadic lifestyle.

  • Informal discussions at impromtu campfires are the best for learning from each other.

  • Campers usually find lots to do together. There are not any pre-organized outings.

  • Each camper responsibly stores and disposes of their own human waste. There are no bathroom or disposal facilities at these casual camp locations.

  • Each camper arrives prepared with enough water and water storage containers for themselves (typically an average of one gallon per day).

  • Each camper maintains a clean neat camp, leaving the area better than they found it. For more information, check out  LeaveNoTrace, as well as the information at TreadLightly. Pack it in, pack it out. There will be no trash bins or dumpsters at the location. There is no one to pick up after you. Leave the area cleaner than when you arrived.

  • Each camper arrives with enough funds to live and drive for their entire time at camp.  In addition, each participant has a savings in case of an emergency*. Be self-sufficient. Your campmates will not support you financially.

  • Each camper arrives prepared to be 100% self-sufficient at the camp.

*If your emergency funds and other assets are unexpectedly exhausted from a recent emergency and you find yourself in yet another unexpected emergency situation, you may want to contact HOWA’s Emergency Fund Program for assistance. For an application, email efund@HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendations for safety and comfort.

Recommendations for participants’ comfort and safety in a winter desert environment where dryness, wind, heat, cold, prickly things, rocks, and coyotes are the norm:

  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, especially when the wind is sapping moisture from your body.

  • Wear thick-soled shoes with good support to manage the rocky, uneven ground.

  • Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen.

  • Keep smaller animals close to prevent them from becoming prey.

  • Dress in layers and sleep with layers of blankets to manage temperature variations.

  • When cold, avoid wearing cotton or cotton blends. (https://www.adk.org/why-we-say-cotton-kills/)

  • When hot, wear cotton moistened with water.

  • Avoid camping in washes (dry creeks/riverbeds) where there’s more shade. When it rains in the nearby mountains, water may flow, sometimes in a torrent.

What do I do in case of emergency?

In case of an emergency, call local Law Enforcement or Emergency Services:

  • Be prepared to give verbal directions to your camp. (In the past, GPS coordinates have not been useful for first responders.) Use the names of paved roads, mile markers, distances, or send someone to guide them in from the main highway, if necessary. The written directions provided on this webpage may assist you.

  • Recommendation:  It is good practice to put emergency information in an envelope labeled “ICE” (in case of emergency) in plain sight in your rig.  Inside the envelope list your emergency contacts, medical conditions, medications, and advanced directives (end-of-life medical care, or not).  Include information for your pet’s care.

  • Recommendation:  Make sure you have the correct number to call for Law Enforcement and Emergency Services. Usually this is “911.” But, if you are close to a state border, then your 911 call may go to the wrong state’s Emergency Center because the cell tower your call used is in the neighboring state.  Therefore, if close to the border, find the correct dispatch number to call for emergencies for the actual state and county in which you are camped.

  • Recommendation:  Before you get to the next camp, write down the verbal directions and emergency number. Keep them handy if needed if you must call emergency services.

Sexual Harassment: What should I do?

Sexual Harassment:

  • Sexual harassment includes any unwanted verbal or physical sexual behavior. This can range from sexual comments about a person’s clothing, anatomy, or looks, to very serious acts that qualify as assault or rape. Sexual harassment is about the impact of the behavior on you [the victim], and the severity and frequency of the incidents. It is not about the intent of the person who is engaging in the behavior. (https://www.mycallisto.org/cresources/language)

  • Not tolerated.

  • No means no.

  • Report to local law enforcement (see above “Emergency” question).

Sexual Harassment from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

“It is unlawful to harass a person … because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex…”  https://www.eeoc.gov/sexual-harassment

Recommendations to create community.

Nomads camp together to find a community in which they feel a sense of belonging.  Many of us are introverts and, so, it may take some initial effort for us to connect with others.

When you join a new camp, it’s sometimes intimidating to be around so many new people.  This is a time to take baby steps to expand our comfort zone.  One suggestion:  First, simply give a friendly nod to people on a daily walk or a visit to the campfire, then wave to them the next day on a walk.  The following day, say something like “nice rig” as a conversation starter.  By then, I suspect, at least one connection will happen.  Take it slow, and you will find your community.

As nomads, we have so many unique attributes that make us like-minded, such as our —

  • love for nature,
  • best places to camp on public land,
  • love for the road,
  • small space living,
  • vehicles made into homes,
  • minimalism,
  • outdoor cooking,
  • night sky viewing,
  • hiking,
  • hobbies,
  • etc.

Focus on these attributes and everything else that makes us like-minded nomads; and also recognize and honor the differences as we get to know one another.

To avoid conflict at the camp, please do not bring up or wear items that highlight controversial topics or imply devaluing of others related to:

  • politics,
  • religion,
  • race,
  • gender identity,
  • sexual orientation, or
  • any other “hot-button” topic.

Homes On Wheels Alliance is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. The collective sum of our individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent represents not only part of our culture, but our reputation as well. When we camp together, we welcome the unique contributions that participants can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and belief.

Recommendation to create spin-off camping groups.

Small group in Bouse, AZ. Photo courtesy of Andrea.

Spin-Off Groups are Good:

What usually happens, is that people make friends, gain confidence and then go off to travel together in smaller spin-off groups.  On the other hand, many will decide to stay with the larger group until the end of the season.  Going back and forth is good too.

HOWA considers these spin-off groups successes!

Some examples of reasons to create a spin off group:

  • To keep each camps under 75 people,

  • To see a specific sight or have a specific experience elsewhere,

  • To camp with others who keep the same wake-sleep hours,

  • To camp with those who run generators, or don’t run generators,

  • To be with others who share the same level of COVID risk-aversion,

  • To camp without smoke from a campfire, cigarettes, wildfires, etc.

  • To be with a smaller number of campers,

  • To camp with others who share the same, or different, philosophies,

  • To enjoy the same type of music — listening, singing, or playing on instruments,

  • To camp with others who enjoy partying,

  • To find a place that is prettier, has better hiking, close-by tourist attractions, etc.

  • To find better weather, cell service, town amenities, etc.

  • Any reason is a good reason.

Can I bring my pet?

Many people have pets when camping on public lands.

  • Be prepared to keep them safe from:

    • Weather extremes — heat, cold, wind, rain — sometimes within the same 24 hour period.

    • Predators — coyotes, birds of prey

  • Public Lands Policies are that dogs be on leash and in full control of the person holding the leash.

  • Please pick-up your animal’s feces and dispose of them as you would your own.

  • Recommendation: Be mindful of any noise that your animal makes.  Park further from the group or keep them quiet for your campmates’ sake.

Where have been some of the past camp locations?

Past Caravan Locations with brief descriptions

  • Alkali: BLM land near Alkali, NV, town ruins, hot springs, dirt roads with pull-offs

  • AGM: American Girl Mine is BLM land in CA near Yuma, AZ and Los Algodones, MX

  • Dome Rock, 14-Day BLM Camp Area in Quartzsite, AZ

  • Douglas, private land in southeast AZ

  • Earp N & S: (north and south) BLM land in Earp, CA, across river from Parker, AZ

  • Eberg River: BLM land south of I-10 on river in Ehrenberg, AZ

  • Ehrenberg: BLM land south of I-10 on plateau in Ehrenberg, AZ

  • Gage: BLM land, abandoned gravel mine, 3 mi from I-10 in Gage, NM

  • Hi Jolly, 14-Day BLM Camp Area in Quartzsite, AZ

  • Hippie Hole: La Paz county campground, Cibola Wildlife Refuge, CA

  • KOFA: Wildlife refuge in AZ between Quartzsite and Yuma (KOFA=King OF Arizona, a mine)

  • Chemehuevi: BLM land in CA, 15 mi from hwy between Vidal Junction and Needles, near Havasu Lake, CA

  • Lordsburg: City park in NM

  • Lovell Cyn: Lovell Canyon, NFS land between Pahrump and Las Vegas, NV

  • Mill Creek: BLM campground south of Battleground, NV

  • Pahrump: BLM land east of town

    of Pahrump, NV

  • Plomosa, 14-Day BLM Camp Area in Quartzsite, AZ

  • Plomosa Bouse, 14-Day land off of Plomosa Rd near Bouse, AZ

Dispersed camping is free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

Pahrump, NV camp.

Gage, NM camp, waiting for others to show up.

Recommendations for being safe from contagious diseases.


Homes On Wheels Alliance recommends following CDC’s guidelines for reducing transmission od diseases in large outdoor gatherings among people who have recently traveled from all over the country.  At the Caravans, we’ve interpreted those to mean:

  • Do not go into each other’s rigs, tents, screened rooms, etc,

  • Isolate when feeling sick,

  • Get fully vaccinated,

  • Wear a mask,

  • Sit or stand at least 6’ apart,

  • Do not share food or utensils,  and

  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands regularly.

Recommendations for camping among those who have different ideas about COVID.

IMPORTANT:  In HOWA Caravans, everyone is welcome regardless of their personal beliefs, convictions and decisions about their own COVID-related practices.  Respect.

RECOMMENDATIONS*:

  • Before attending a Caravan, be clear about your own personal boundaries regarding COVID.
  • Before attending a Caravan, determine that your responses and interactions with every other person in the Caravan will be kind and compassionate.
    • Not everyone will share your same convictions regarding COVID.  Don’t make assumptions.
    • Honor every person in the Caravan regardless of their personal convictions and actions regarding COVID.
    • You are not entitled to know anyone’s personal convictions or decisions.  Seek permission to ask, if you must.
  • Once together at the Caravan Camp, find win-win solutions if in proximity to others with different COVID-related behaviors than your own.
    • One example of a possible win-win solution:  Everyone wears masks when together, especially when someone new joins the Caravan.
    • Another example: Make an agreement that the highly risk-adverse wear a certain color bracelet indicating that they want everyone to always stay 6′ away and wear a mask while in proximity to them.
    • If a win-win solution cannot be negotiated, then leave.  Perhaps form a spin-off group with other like-minded participants to camp at a different location.
  • Honor your own truth and convictions.
    • If inclined, share.  Focus on your own personal opinions or decisions should others show interest:
      • Use “I” statements.
      • Stick to just the facts.
        • Avoid editorializing about all of the good reasons for your decisions.
        • Avoid statements of judgement about others who have made different decisions.
    • Accept, then manage what is happening for yourself.  Take actions to keep yourself safe, as you define “safe.”  Possible examples:
      • Step back.  Creating more space between the person or people with whom you are visiting.
      • Put a sign on your rig that visitors “need to be” or “do not need to be,” or “vaccinated” or “social distancing,” etc.
      • Move your personal camp else where within the larger Caravan Location.
      • Form a spin-off group with like-minded others to camp at another location all together.

Simplistically:  My vaccine protects me.  My mask protects you.  Social distancing protects both of us.

*Much appreciation to the women of HOWA’s Virtual Caravan (9/12/21) for providing their wisdom, which then formed the basis for the above recommendations.

Photo Gallery

Camp at Lovell Canyon, NV. Click on photo to download a 15-second video.  Courtesy of Carol.

Camp off of Plomosa Rd. Courtesy of Andrea.

Camp in Earp, CA. Courtesy of Phyllis.

Campfire near Bouse. Courtesy of Andrea.

Red Bighorn All Genders Caravan, Oct 2021. Courtesy of Grey.

Red Bighorn All Genders Caravan, Oct 2021. Courtesy of Grey.

~ You don’t have to be alone. ~