Back in late October we looked at how geocaching can lead you to great places to boondock (see Free Camping Thanks to Geocaching 10/27/09). My wife and I made it to that location described as “Better Than Walmart” and I would have to say the name is a slight misnomer. This place is way better than Walmart and it is no secret to RVers in the know either, as evidenced by the multitude of RVs scattered across the plateau. No worries though as there was plenty of desert to go around. Campsites are relatively level with a nice gravel base. Large rocks have been removed to form fire rings or planters around the few plants that dot the landscape. Best of all was the tremendous view from the plateau! Be sure to select a campsite along the bluff if available. This place makes a great base camp while you explore nearby attractions such as: Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead Recreation Area, Logandale ORV Trails, Overton Wildlife Management Area and nearby slot canyons. I have been told the area is referred to as Overton Plateau or Poverty Hill, but I still like the Better Than Walmart title. Whatever you decide to call the area, it is a great spot to spend a few days or longer, as some RVers looked to be provisioned for the winter. Just head south from Overton, Nevada on Hwy 169, when you get to the top of the hill you will know you have arrived by the RVs encamped on both sides of the road.
Lots of Room to Camp and great views too!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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