Quartzsite is a former mining town in La Paz County, Arizona.
Quartzsite, Arizona of 1850 and Quartzsite of today is the same...Quartzsite is a "Crossroads".
- 1 Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce, 465 N Plymouth Ave (next to the public library), ☎ , toll-free: . Offers several free brochures for download, and maintains listings of accommodations and restaurants.
I-10 and Hwy 95 are the main thoroughfares into and through town.
- 1 Greyhound, toll-free: . As this just a pick-up and drop-off point, tickets should be purchased beforehand online or over the phone.
As there is no public transportation, a car is essential.
- 1 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.
- 2 Quartzsite Historical Society, 161 W Main St, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 3 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.
- 4 Tyson Wash grinding holes and petroglyphs (south of Quartzsite off of Hwy 95). More pre-Columbian petroglyphs, on both sides of the wash.
- 5 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), ☎ , e-mail: YFOWEB_AZ@blm.gov. 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.
- 1 Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (Kofa NWR), ☎ . (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.
- 2 QIA Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show, 235 E Ironwood St, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Late January. Nearly one million visitors descend onto Quartzsite for this annual event, when over 400 gem and mineral vendors offer their wares for sale. Free.
- 3 Quartzsite Roadrunners Gem & Mineral Club, 65 Ironwood St, ☎ . Oct-Mar. Offers classes, field trips, and lapidary and jewelry-making facilities.
- 1 Stagecoach Motel & Restaurant, 904 W Main St, ☎ . Call ahead to check on hours, as they close for months at a time.
- 3 Quartzsite General Store, 410 Main St, ☎ .
- 4 Big Market, 775 W Main St, ☎ .
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.
- 1 Quartzsite Yacht Club Motel, 1090 W Main St, ☎ . Free wi-fi. Has a bar and restaurant onsite. $70-$120/night.
- 2 Super 8, 2050 Dome Rock Rd (Exit 17 off of I-10), ☎ , fax: . Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi and breakfast, pet-friendly. $70-$80/night.
- 3 Crystal Hill Kofa Campground (in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, off of Hwy 95 south of Quartzsite), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 4 Dome Rock Mountain Camping Area (I-10 Frontage Road (Dome Rock Exit)), ☎ , e-mail: YFOWEB_AZ@blm.gov. This site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. There are no designated campsites, no water, 14-day limit. Free.
- 5 Roadrunner Camping Area (Hwy 95 south until mile marker 99; camping area is to the west), ☎ . 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.
- 6 Scadden Wash Camping Area (I-10 Frontage Rd east of town, Mile Marker 19 Exit), ☎ . 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.
- 2 Quartzsite Public Library, 465 N Plymouth Ave, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 8AM-5PM. Visitors may apply for a one-year non-resident card, which allows access to computers as well as free wi-fi.
- 3 Hi Jolly's Outpost Internet and Espresso Café, 1090 W Main St (Quartzsite Yacht Club), ☎ , fax: . Housed in a historic building from the late 1880s, this coffeeshop offers computers, wi-fi, copying, faxing, printing, and mail services, as well as coffee and muffins.
|Routes through Quartzsite|
|Indio ← Blythe ←||W E||→ Buckeye → Phoenix|
|END ←||W E||→ Sun City → Phoenix|
|Needles ← Blythe ←||N S||→ Yuma → San Luis|
|Lake Havasu City ← Parker ←||N S||→ END|