The Roadrunner Recreation Area is managed by the (BLM) Bureau of Land Management. The Skooliepalooza event is held on a primitive or dispersed camping area, with no services available (water, electric, trash removal, bathrooms or outhouses). What you bring in, must be packed out!. There are no fees to camp, however you must register (on-site) for a free permit. Roadrunner Recreation Area is located directly south of Quartzsite, AZ approximatley 5 miles on US-95. (see event maps)
Dispersed Camping in Undeveloped Areas
• You may camp for up to 14 days before having to move at least 25 miles from your original spot. You may not return to that same area for 28 consecutive days.
• When possible choose a campsite that has already been established.
• Camp at least 200 feet away from water sources, including gully's which can quickly fill with water during sudden downpours.
• Use existing fire rings or even better, use a camp stove.
• Check local current fire conditions before starting a campfire.
• Dispose of human waste properly (away from water and in a 6” or deeper hole).
(BLM) oversees and manages 248.3 million acres in the United States, offering a variety of resources and terrain for numerous activities. To camp on BLM public lands, it is important to take necessary safety precautions and to be familiar with any regulations or laws to maintain the quality of life and to ensure your well-being. Before heading to a remote location, where most BLM campsites are located, you should take into consideration the weather conditions, necessary equipment, and any safety procedures that are recommended. In order to maintain safety standards for visitors and the environment itself, the BLM has specific protection and law enforcement responsibilities to achieve its resource management mission.
Occupancy and Use
The BLM does not let you camp longer than 14 days in any 30 day period at one location, including any campground on public land. After 14 days are over, you must move at least 25 miles away from the previously occupied location. However, there is no bureau-wide standard for this and we recommend that you check in with the area you plan to camp in.
After vacating the campsite, do not leave any personal property behind. This includes any property left for another camper or occupant. You must not leave personal property unattended in a campground, designation recreation area, or any other public lands for more than 48 hours. If done so without permission, the items left behind are subject to disposition under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949. Vehicles parked for overnight camping, hiking, river rafting or other authorized recreation activities are exempt.
You must not establish occupancy, take possession of, or otherwise use public lands for residential purposes unless you receive prior authorization from the BLM. There must be no violation of any State of Arizona or county laws, and regulations regarding public health, safety, sanitation, building or fire codes while camping on, occupying or using public land.If a camping area charges fees, you must register and pay the camping fees within 30 minutes of entering a fee area.
Wood Gathering or Cutting
All cutting and removing of wood from BLM lands or public land requires a permit and is allowed only in designated areas. Wood cutting permits can be obtained at BLM district and field offices. The person who was issued the permit must be present during all wood cutting activities with the permit itself. If you purchase a permit, wood tags are issued to document the amount of wood being harvested.
Safety Standards For Campers
Leave behind a trip schedule, especially when venturing out to undeveloped areas, to let someone know what your trip plans are and vehicle information if a search and rescue is necessary.
Camping is generally permitted on all public lands as long as you follow the BLM regulations posted at your location. Campfires are allowed on public lands, as long as they are in accordance with local fire regulations. They should be built in a manner to ensure the safety of the public, BLM resources and other surrounding environments.
Never start a fire with flammable liquids and always look for a preexisting fire pit rather than forming a new one. Plenty of water and a shovel should always be part of your camping gear, in case the fire needs to be extinguished. If you prefer to sleep in a camper or tent with a catalytic heater, it is recommended to ventilate your tent or RV to prevent dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Any hibachi-type cooking device should be used outdoors and never in a small space.