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Thursday, October 1, 2009

New boondocking blogger says hi and suggests Southwest destination

By Bob Difley,

I am pleased and excited to take on this boondocking blog starting today. It will be a challenge to live up to the great boondocking information provided by Russ and Tina DeMaris, whose experience and expertise has helped many RVers develop their own versions of the RV Lifestyle. I have been RVing for more than 35 years, ten years in the RV industry in rentals and sales, and 17 years as a fulltimer, boondocker, and snowbird. I am a regular contributor to MotorHome, Trailer Life, and Highways magazines as well a seminar presenter at The Rally, a former instructor at Life On Wheels RV Conferences, and have written the eBook, Boondocking: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public Lands which is available on the sister Web site,

I will start off with one of my favorite desert towns and boondocking locations.Patagonia is the name of an outdoors clothing manufacturer, and the name given to the southern tip of South America. But for RVers, Patagonia is a small town of barely more than 800 people in southeastern Arizona, 20 miles north of Nogales and the Mexican border. Settled at the end of the nineteenth century as a supply center for surrounding ranches and mines, the town now attracts artists and artisans because of its active arts community. Several of the studios where the artists work are open to visitors.Another good reason is the Sonoita Creek that flows just outside town where you will find both the Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve and Arizona’s 5,000-acre Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, the state’s first designated natural area, and one of the premier birdwatching areas in the country. The visitor center is in Patagonia State Park six miles south of the town.

The Coronado National Forest lies to the east of town, accessible by Harshaw Road, and has multiple good, level boondocking campsites along the creek, some spots under towering cottonwoods. About three miles from town the historic 800-mile Arizona Trail crosses on which you can hike north to Utah or south to Mexico. At a cooler 4,000 feet of elevation, Patagonia is an excellent choice for the fall and spring, but may be a bit chilly during mid-winter. Happy travels.


  1. We have enjoyed Patagonia, Harshaw Road and the surrounding area. We are planing to spend January and February in The Baja. What can you tell us about boondocking in Baja California?

  2. Love your articles - what a great addition. Patagonia is on my list but, as in many federal lands there often is not enough space/access for larger vehicles. We love the nature experience that boondocking in public lands have to offer but there is not always room for our 37' motorhome. We traveled many miles to one beautiful area of Coronado NF only to find no access because of our size. Would you be able to comment on size restrictions in your articles?