Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) are typically associated with snowbirds boondocking in the desert with the LTVA in Quartzsite, Arizona being the best known. While it is true that snowbirds have been flocking to long term visitor areas in the desert for years to escape the winter of their northern home town, did you know that the BLM also operates summer long term visitor areas? It’s true! The BLM office in the eastern Sierra Mountains offers a summer season (Mar-Nov) pass for just $300.00! The pass allows you to camp in any one of four scenic mountain campsites.
The four BLM Campgrounds designated as LTVA sites are:
– Turtle Creek Campground
– Goodale Creek Campground
– Crowley Lake Campground
– Horton Creek Campground
Unlike their desert counterparts, the summer long term visitor areas offer actual numbered camp spaces complete with picnic table and fire ring. All of the campgrounds offer vault toilets and some even offer seasonal water and dump stations.
The annual LTVA season is from the first Saturday in March to November 1st. During this season, visitors who wish to camp on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office for extended periods greater than 14 days must stay in the designated LTVA campgrounds and purchase an LTVA permit.
LTVA permits can be obtained at:
Public Lands Information Center, 798 North Main Street, Bishop, CA
Phone: (760) 873-2500
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm (Summer: 7 days/week)
Camping in a scenic campground with towering mountains serving as a backdrop for about $1.25 per night, is my kind of adventure in RVing!
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.