Midland Long Term Visitor Area

Bureau of Land Management, California.

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The Midland Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) is located eight miles north of the city of Blythe and offers the more traditional open desert dispersed camping opportunity with minimal services. Long Term campers experience the mild winter climate of the Colorado Desert, as well as the ability to participate in nearby activities such as fishing and boating on the Colorado River, rock hounding at Quartzite, Arizona, or attending local events and shopping in Blythe. Campers must be 100% self-contained for waste and gray water in order to utilize this area since vault toilets are not provided.

A Special Recreation Permit is required September 15th - April 15th. Camping is allowed in the LTVA between April 16th - September 14th at no cost, but the standard 14 day limit applies. Host and services are not provided during the off-season. Fees are $180 for long term permits valid for 7 months and $40 for short term permits valid for 1 to 14 consecutive days. There is no limit to the number of short term permits that can be purchased. These sites are not considered overnight campgrounds so the minimum fee for camping is the $40 permit. During the off-season, the standard BLM camping regulations and 14 day limit with no fee applies. The permits are valid in any of the six LTVAs in California or two LTVAs in Arizona. Permits may be purchased from the BLM's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office or on-site from the LTVA host.

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Midland LTVA can be reached from the town of Blythe by taking the Lovekin Road exit off of Interstate 10 and traveling north for 8 miles. After crossing the railroad tracks, Lovekin Road will turn into Midland-Rice Road. The LTVA will be located on the right side of the road and is marked with an entrance sign.

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