We had heard about Quartzsite, Arizona as the snowbird capitol of the RV world, so we decided to make this our first stop since it’s January and we don’t want to get too cold.
Here is the info:
It’s located about 20 miles west of the California border along I-10. It is easily accessed from the interstate by taking the Quartzsite exit. We are staying in a campground managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in one of their long-term visitor areas (LTVA’s). They really do allow you to stay long-term — 7 months to be exact. For a mere $180 you can stay from September 15 to April 15 without having to move. You can buy your permit at each of the kiosks at the entrances. If you get in when the office is closed go ahead and park, then go by the office as soon as they open (9-4).
There are no hookups, so come with full and empty tanks (you know which ones are which). Dumpsters are available at all sites, and dump stations and free water are available at La Posa South LTVA. BLM trail maps can also be purchased at the kiosks.
The area is beautiful, with mild weather so far this week in January. No wind to speak of, no rain, highs in the low 70’s, lows in the low 40’s.
The town is pretty sparse, with no real grocery store and no large department stores. We are having our mail delivered to Ehrenberg, Arizona since we had heard (and have witnessed firsthand) the huge crowds that show up every day at the Quartzsite post office since there is no residential mail service.
Surprisingly, our Verizon wireless internet card works better than it did at our old home in California, and AT&T and Verizon cell phone service is pretty good too.
There are a variety of things to do. Quartzsite’s claim to fame is its annual gem show, but there seem to be a wide variety of vendor tents set up for the entire season. You can find whatever your heart desires, and lots of things that you didn’t know you needed. Of course if you’re into rocks, you’ll be very happy here.
Four-wheeling/ATV’ing: So far we haven’t found anything very challenging, but there are plenty of washes to drive in and hills to climb.
Geocaching: Lots of caches here. Potential to keep a busy geocacher going for at least two weeks.