Where to stay?
There are lots of options for boondocking near Yuma; Ogilby Rd, American Girl Mine Road, Mittry Lake, Imperial Dam LTVA and Pilot Knob LTVA - just the ones I know about. We decide, since we're just in Yuma to re-supply then cross into Mexico so Julie can get a dental cleaning, that we'll stay at Pilot Knob 14-day BLM area.
Pilot Knob is not so scenic and is within sight and sound of I8, but it is convenient - only one exit from Hwy 186 and a couple miles from the entry point into Algodones, Mexico. Pilot Knob is at the edge of a huge dune area, so it is flat, sandy and pretty bleak. But, even when the desert seems totally lifeless - it's not. Desert Lily was popping up all over, the Creosote and brittle bush is starting to bloom as well.
Brisk winds blew up a lot of sand late in the afternoon (and set the trailer rocking overnight) that made sitting outside uncomfortable; however, the sunset looked kind of neat through all the sand.
The crossing into Mexico is through an Indian Reservation. They maintain a big parking lot so that tourists can safely leave their cars and just walk over into Mexico. That's by far the safest and easiest thing to do - parking would be impossible and the streets of this little town are choked with tourists and vendors. While the streets and sidewalks are just a chaos of vendors and people, colorful patios offer some peace and quiet.
Getting into Mexico is a lot easier than getting out! The lines stretch around the exit building and up a hill. Waits of a couple hours are common; we were in line for about 90 minutes.