RV snowbirds enjoy the warm winters camped in over 60 RV parks and 11,000 acres of BLM Long Term Visitor Area camping, with five 14-day free camping areas. Besides over a thousand vendors each year, Quartzsite is known for its RV and ATV friendly atmosphere. ATV trails lead in all directions from town with beautiful desert scenery along the way. With the influx of RV snowbirds, there's plenty to do all winter long: Live Music, Senior Activities, Fine Art/Quilt/Arts & Craft Shows, Bingo, Rock Hounding, Gold Hunting, Gem & Mineral Classes, Dancing, Seasonal Restaurants, Swap Meets, RV Dealers, Solar, RV Repair, and more!
Quartzsite started out as a watering stop in the desert. A fort was built by a new settler, Charles Tyson, in 1856 as a protection against Indian raids. Soon it became a stage stop because of the good water. The area was called Ft. Tyson or Tyson's Wells, its well-used name. When the stage lines stopped running, the area was abandoned. In 1897, there was a mining boom here and the town was revitalized. A brass plaque now stands across the street from the tyson Well's Stage Station Museum on W. Main Street.
Quartzsite, Arizona is surrounded on all sides by a vast desert full of amazing things to see and do. The population of Quartzsite, Arizona grows enormously during the winter months. Thousands of acres of dispersed BLM camping draws upwards to a million visitors each year. The weather in Quartzsite is warm and dry.
The following sections serve as an introduction to the many ways visitors can explore and enjoy what Quartzsite and the surrounding region offers visitors.
To the south rise the Kofa Mountains. Historic sites include the spanish wall, Crystal Hill, Tyson Tanks,and Tyson Wells Museum. South in the Kofa mountains is Palm Canyon, a tight gorge and home of Arizona's only native palms, reached by a steep but rewarding climb. Farther south is Castle Dome Peak.There are many points of interest including historical sights and trails.
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The simple fact is that with a name such as Quartzsite, it’s no surprise the little desert town is a haven for rockhounds. Quartzsite has been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960's, with agates, quartz, limonite cubes and even gold found in the area.
Just a few miles from Quartzsite, Petroglyphs can be found. Intaglio's (large rock drawings on the desert floor) can be found at several locations. treasure hunting abounds in every direction with numerous world class rockhounding sites to satisfy the experienced and amateur alike.
In addition to the people arriving for annual gem and mineral shows, For two months out of the year, it’s more like a lazy rockhound’s true paradise. There’s no need to go into the desert looking for gems in January and February, although there are plenty to be found there. Hundreds of vendors set up their wares in Quartzsite and often sell them at wholesale prices. Rockhound's need simply wander among these vendors to find exactly what they are looking for. ... CLICK HERE for more
Quartzsite is known for its RV and ATV friendly atmosphere. ATV trails lead in all directions rom town with beautidful desert scenery along the way. For ATV and 4-Wheel drive enthusiasts there are hundreds of miles of roads and trails to take you into evey nook and cranny imaginable. From slot canyons and blue faced mountains to cool oases and tall peaks, there is something for everyone.
If you find yourself looking for something to do while you are in Quartzsite besides visiting all the swap meet areas, Trails and rock hound sites, there are a few relatively unknown but very unique places you can visit.
A very unique new museum just opened this year: Gunny's Military Museum is filled with all kinds of military memorabilia from every branch of the service and lots of other items to see. Gunny used to have his museum on the road with him but decided to settle here and open a permanent display so everyone could get a chance to see it.
Just a short drive away, The most secretive, heavily guarded military units in the United States Army was located. CAMP BOUSE operated officially from March 1943 and left the end of April 1944. Camp Bouse was so extremely top secret, it was not listed with the dozen other training camps and to this day, historians/authors often miss Camp Bouse. During the time it was operational thousands of troops from the 9th Tank Group occupied Camp Bouse. These troops are honored at Bouse's 'MONUMENT ROW'.
Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center
1240 W. Main Street,
PO Box 640
Quartzsite, Arizona. 85346
PHONE: (928) 927-5200
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