Visiting Quartzsite Arizona

Quartzsite Arizona sign
Quartzsite, Arizona

Quartzsite is a sleepy little town with a population of less than 4,000 for most of each year. During the winter, however, the population explodes as RVers from across the U.S. and Canada converge in Quartzsite.

Why Quartzsite?

Quartzsite is located in southwest Arizona only 18 miles from California. It is easily accessible via Interstate 10 or Highway 95.

Quartzsite is in the Sonoran Desert. The weather, which can be unbearably hot during summer, is usually rather nice during the winter. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 60s during the coldest months of December and January, though nights can be cold. Most winter days are sunny and warm.

The town is also home to the annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. In addition to this show, there are multiple vendors scattered across the city. The atmosphere is a lot like a giant carnival.

Where to Stay

While there are a few motels in Quartzsite, most visitors stay in an RV, camper, or van. A few even sleep in tents.

The desert around Quartzsite has numerous opportunities for free, dispersed camping on BLM-managed land. Many visitors head over toward nearby Ehrenberg to camp along either Ehrenberg-Cibola Road or Tom Wells Road. Ehrenberg is about 17 miles west of Quartzsite on Interstate 10, and it is easier to find a spot to camp during the winter.

There are two dispersed camping areas just outside of Quartzsite: Scaddan Wash and Dome Rock Mountain Camping Areas. A 14-day camping limit is strictly enforced at both of these camping areas during the winter months.

Visitors who wish to spend more than two weeks in Quartzsite stay at either the BLM-managed La Posa Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) or a commercial campground.

The LTVA is an 11,400-acre area adjacent to Quartzsite where visitors can camp for up to seven months for only $180. There are a few portable toilets at the LTVA, but utility hookups are not available.

Numerous RV parks and parking areas are located within the town of Quartzsite. Options range from parks with full hookups to “dry dock” camping. Prices are surprisingly affordable, with steep discounts available to visitors who rent space on a monthly or annual basis.

Directions

Quartzsite is located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 95 in southwest Arizona. The town is approximately 125 miles west of Phoenix and 18 miles from the California border.

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