All About Quartzite (the town)
We came across an article in the Roadtrippers Magazine this week. It describes what Quartzite Arizona means to those who know, and who usually end up in Tucson days or weeks later for the Tucson Gem & Minerals Shows.
We’ll leave it to author Eric Jay Toll to tell you all about it. We would strongly suggest that you tap on the links for the Three Major Shows:
Quartzsite Improvement Association Pow Wow,
Desert Gold Craft Show,
Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show.
Other shows include:
Tyson Wells Market Centre Swap-meet
Desert Gardens International Rock, Gem & Mineral Show
Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
Quartzsite Gold, Treasure & Craft Show
Where is Quartzsite, AZ?
Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, just 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. It’s been a rockhound’s paradise since the 1960s. These days, it’s also a mecca to well over a million visitors each year, most of whom converge on this small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February.
During the winter months, 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, AZ. Eight major gem and mineral shows in addition to vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite, AZ the place to be in January and February.
Here’s when to visit the desert town, which has more RV spots than homes and was a filming location for the 2020 movie ‘Nomadland’
If you ask what there is to do between Los Angeles and Phoenix off Interstate 10 in Arizona, Shanana Rain Golden-Bear, editor of the Desert Messenger, will tell you to visit Quartzsite—and stay for a while. “This town is a little quirky, but that’s what makes it so much fun to park an RV here,” she says.
Quartzsite is a popular wintertime destination for snowbirds, a regular stop for RVers on one of the major cross-country freeways in the U.S., and a filming location for 2020’s Nomadland. The town boasts more RV slots than houses; RV parks line Main Street east and west, and U.S. 95 north and south of Main. The season in Quartzsite unofficially starts in September and ends on July 31—even locals close up shop in the August heat. ….