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Quartzsite Arizona


Quartzsite AZ
Courtesy of the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show

Quartzsite, AZ a place of mystery to new and experienced travelers alike. Almost everyone has a tale to tell about this place, even if they have never been there. Located 17 miles east of the Colorado River, just off Highway 10 in Arizona, some people insist that "Quartzsite is a phantom town that exists only in January and February."

Wikipedia tells us that Quartzsite is a popular recreational vehicle camping area for winter visitors, and tourism is the major contributor to Quartzsite's economy. Nine major gem, mineral, and 15 general swap meet shows are very popular tourist attractions, attracting about 1.5 million people annually, mostly in January and February.

Quartzsite is also the burial place of Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), an Ottoman citizen of Greek-Syrian parentage, who took part in the experimental US Camel Corps as a camel driver. What is that all about?

Here are some links to sites that share their view about this town:

Seal of Quartzsite RVPitshopAZ: Everything you need to know about the town itself.

Technomadia Technomadia: Cherie and Chris are full-time bus RVers, boondockers, and mobile Internet entrepreneurs. They share their first-time experience of this famous destination stop.

Wheelingit Wheelingit: Nina and Paul are full-time motorhome travelers sharing their first experience here. Spend some time on their blog to view Nina's wonderful photos of their travels.

RV Camping RV-Camping: Great maps at this site. Quartzsite has become one of the worlds largest RV camping destinations with over 2 million winter visitors. There are 5 designated free RV camping areas, and the 11,400 acre LaPosa LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) offers extended seasonal RV camping for a nominal fee. Additionally there are numerous privately owned RV parks in town offering both dry and full hookup RV campsites.

The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show is a major event that happens every year in January and February. Find out all the details at this site.

DesertUSA DesertUSA: A rock hound's paradise. At this time of the year, 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and everything else imaginable create one of the world's largest open air flea markets in Quartzsite. Eight major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of
each year.
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