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August 16, 2023

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August 16, 2023 23 Lots of changes at Quartzsite BLM LTVA Construction Crews have been very busy this summer working on improvements at La Posa Tyson Wash LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) Camping Area. There's a huge catch basin now, containing a settling pond and evaporation pond, with fenc- ing being installed. New dump stations and water stations are being installed. A new well has been built, located just off the Old Yuma Road in Tyson Wash LTVA. All entrance and main roads to BLM LTVA camping areas have been dug up and graded. Some roads have even been widened, for easier ac- cess to the camping areas. Construction in Tyson Wash LTVA caused many camping spots to be eliminated, so be sure to get there early. The La Posa Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) was created in 1983 to fulfi ll the needs of winter visitors and to protect the local desert ecosystem from overuse. The camp- ground is approximately 11,400 acres in size, fl at landscape, sparsely vegetated with plants such as creosote bushes, palo verde trees, ironwood trees, mesquite trees and various spe- cies of cacti. La Posa LTVA offers solitude in a unique desert landscape and a variety of recreational opportunities such as hiking, wildlife viewing and rock- hounding. The LTVA long term permit ($180) allows use of Bureau of Land Management designated LTVAs continuously from Septem- ber 15th to April 15th (a total of 7 months), or for any length of time between those two dates. The LTVA short-visit permit ($40) allows use of Bureau of Land Management des- ignated LTVAs for any 14 consecu- tive day period from September 15th to April 15th, which begins on the day the permit receipt is exchanged for the offi cial permit and decal. The short-visit permit may be renewed an unlimited number of times for the cost of the permit. Learn more:

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