Quartzsite's La Posa LTVA has been closed down due to the government shutdown. According to The Desert Messenger, all four La Posa areas are unavailable for the time being. Winter visitors cannot acquire a new permit and, while volunteers are still on-site, they are not on duty. Only those who already got their permit can stay. Trash, water etc. is still available, but only for existing permit-holders.
Depending on how long the government shutdown continues, this could be disastrous for BLM funds in the 2013/2014 LTVA season. However, visitors arriving early are still welcome to remain in any of the five two-week areas, i.e. Roadrunner, Scaddan Wash, Dome Rock Road, Hi Jolly, and Plomosa Road. There are also several free camping areas in the Yuma and Winterhaven areas.
The Department of the Interior Website has this to say about the shutdown:
Due to the lapse in appropriated funds, all public lands managed by the Interior Department (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.) will be closed.
The DOI page also has downloadable FAQs and fact sheets, which explain how the government shutdown affects public lands, and confirms that boondocking is available on lands without staffed facilities, with no policing. However, the Desert Messenger has reported that in Quartzsite, local police will be stepping in to respond to difficulties on public lands and the LTVAs.
For those who need to dump tanks, RV Pit Stop, Blythe water processing plant, Ehrenberg Pilot and the usual venues are all still open for business; water should still be available free in Blythe and BLM lands without facilities are all still available. Some BLM roads may be closed—presumably those with gates.
With upwards of a million seniors and full-time RVers about to descent on Quartzsite for the season, it's to be hoped that the shut-down government will stop squabbling, come to an agreement and quit risking the wrath of a very influential, frequently affluent group of RV boondockers who want to take up their usual spots at the winter LTVAs in Quartzsite, Blythe and Yuma.