What and where is Quartzsite? And why would you want to visit? Fellow RVillagers share their helpful tips, information and experiences about Quartzsite, Arizona.

Newbie or seasoned snowbird, you've probably heard of Quartzsite. If you've never visited, you may be curious why so many people head to this snowbird mecca every winter. RVillagers tell you!


From Desert USA: "In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite to protect his water supply from attacks by Native Americans. Fort Tyson soon became a stopover on the Ehrenberg-to-Prescott stagecoach route, eventually becoming known as Tyson's Wells. After the stage stopped running, it became a ghost town. A small mining boom revitalized the town and it became known as Quartzsite in 1897. It remained a mining town until 1965, when the Pow Wow Rock, Gem & Mineral Show initiated the rockhound winter migration to Quartzsite each year."

Location and attractions

Located 20 miles east of the California border on I-10, an estimated 750,000 to one million "snowbirds" flock to Quartzsite for the mild winter months. Visitors stay several weeks or several months enjoying activities such as rock hounding, off-road ATV riding, shopping at the Quartzsite RV Show (also known as "the big tent") in January, hiking, visiting abandoned mines, and simply enjoying the warm & sunny desert climate.

Pro tip: Quartzsite is affectionately known as "Q" in the RVing community.

Camping and other general information

There are multiple RV parks around the town, but most visitors take advantage of the abundant free or low-cost bureau of land management (BLM) camping areas. Many RVillagers are repeat visitors, coming to Quartzsite year after year. They enjoy sharing their tips for newbies trying it out for the first time. Check out these discussions below:

See more answers about Quartzsite here in this RVillage group discussion.

Camping around Quartzsite

Concerned about finding a camping spot when you get there?

RVillagers offer plenty of information about finding camping!

Questions about security around Quartzsite?

Fellow RVillage Quartzsite campers offer neighborly advice about security.

Wondering how you will handle your RV tanks?

RVillagers offer tips about fresh and waste water management from their practical experience in Quartzsite.

Planning to off-road with your ATV?

The desert is great for this, and Arizona welcomes you—however, there are new requirements for 2019. RVillagers talk about the Arizona off-road vehicle sticker.
Don't miss all the talk about Quartzsite—join these these RVillage groups, and ask questions or share your tips:
Quartzsite Shenanigans!!
Quartzsite Boondockers

Camping on BLM land

Official BLM website for information about LTVAs (long term visitor areas)—very low-cost camping with limited services such as water, dump stations, and dumpsters.

Two popular LTVAs:

  • Laposa South, just minutes south of Quartzite, on Rte 95
  • Imperial Dam, an hour south of Quartzite—this LTVA is its own big community

Information about free BLM camping around Quartzsite (also where to do laundry and get mail, groceries and supplies).

More Quartzsite resources

Quartzsite events and sights

Photo credit: Alamuki, from Wikimedia Commons
Come, relax, enjoy the beautiful desert sunrises & sunsets, and hang out with your fellow RVillagers. Check the Get-Togethers page often (search "Quartzsite")—or create a few of your own. Have a great winter in "Q"!
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