Quartzsite

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Quartzsite is a former mining town in La Paz County, Arizona.

Abandoned mine near Quartzsite

Understand[edit]

Quartzsite, Arizona of 1850 and Quartzsite of today is the same...Quartzsite is a "Crossroads".

Get in[edit]

I-10 and Hwy 95 are the main thoroughfares into and through town.

  •    Greyhound, toll-free: +1 800-231-2222. As this just a pick-up and drop-off point, tickets should be purchased beforehand online or over the phone.

Get around[edit]

As there is no public transportation, a car is essential.

See[edit]

Hi Jolly Monument
  •    Hi Jolly Monument. A tribute to camel driver Hadji Ali, enlisted in an unsuccessful 19th century attempt by the US Army to use camels in the southwest.
  •    Quartzsite Historical Society161 W Main St +1 928-927-5229, e-mail: . Nov-Mar W-Su 10AM-4PM. Visit this location to learn more about this town. This location is where the original adobe stage station was built in 1866. It was a vital way station on the California-Arizona line because it provided water and grass for the animals. Free.
  •    Dripping Springs petroglyphs (1 mile down the rd from Dos Picachos Mine; 4WD required). This site has hundreds of pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Look for the ruined stone cabin; nearby is a cave with the springs. A path leads off from here to the cliff base, where many petroglyphs can be seen.
  •    Tyson Wash grinding holes and petroglyphs (south of Quartzsite off of Hwy 95). More pre-Columbian petroglyphs, on both sides of the wash.
  •    Bouse Fisherman (Fisherman Intaglio) (head north on Hwy 95, turn right on Plomosa Rd and continue for 6 miles; a short walk from the asphalt),  +1 928-317-3200, e-mail: . 24 hrs. The outline of a pre-Columbian geoglyph on the desert floor, portraying a fisherman. Walking a bit further you can find a Native American lookout and the ruins of a stagecoach station. The site is under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management; see website for driving instructions. Free.

Do[edit]

Kofa Mountains in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
  •    Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (Kofa NWR),  +1 928-783-7861 (Yuma office). Managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, this area is home to over 400 desert bighorn sheep. Recreational opportunities include hiking and camping, particularly in the winter months.

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Eat[edit]

  •    Stagecoach Motel & Restaurant904 W Main St +1 928-927-3440. Call ahead to check on hours, as they close for months at a time.

Groceries[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Most accommodation in Quartzsite is in the form of RV parks; a list is maintained by the Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce. The other limited options are listed below.

Lodging[edit]

  •    Super 82050 Dome Rock Rd (Exit 17 off of I-10),  +1 928-927-8080fax: +1 928-927-9233. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi and breakfast, pet-friendly. $70-$80/night.

Camping[edit]

  •    Crystal Hill Kofa Campground (in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, off of Hwy 95 south of Quartzsite),  +1 928-783-7861, e-mail: . Located on a dirt road with 16-29 campsites available. RVs permitted, no maximum. No water, 14-day limit. Visitors are permitted to collect any quartz crystals they may find in the area without the aid of tools - no digging! Free.
  •    Roadrunner Camping Area (Hwy 95 south until mile marker 99; camping area is to the west),  +1 928-317-3200. Located south of Quartzsite and managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this area has no designated campsites and no water. There is a 14-day limit. Free.
  •    Scadden Wash Camping Area (I-10 Frontage Rd east of town, Mile Marker 19 Exit),  +1 928-317-3200. Conveniently located just south of Quartzsite and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. There are no designated campsites, no water, 14-day limit. Free.

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Go next[edit]

Routes through Quartzsite
IndioBlythe  W I-10.svg E  Litchfield ParkPhoenix
END  W US 60.svg E  Sun CityPhoenix
NeedlesBlythe  N US 95.svg S  YumaSan Luis
Lake Havasu CityParker  N Arizona 95.svg S  END


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