Camping in Quartzsite, Arizona
Steve and I moved from Victorville to Quartzsite this week, and it feels really good to be here. It has its own unique, distinctive “energy” to it. There is every possible kind of people and rigs here, from huge, expensive RVs to old, beat-up vans that barely make it down the road—even people living in tents. It is mainly older, retired folks in their RVs, but there will be many younger people also. I love the variety; it makes me feel very much at-home. One thing I love to see again is people driving their ATV (four-wheelers) right through town on their way shopping. There aren’t many places where you can get away with that. If you have never been here before, you really owe it to yourself to try it out, it is a great place.
The weather has been perfect: days are in the high 70s and nights in the 50s, and best of all no wind! Today and tomorrow are overcast, but then it will be back to perfect weather. It has been an unusually pleasant spring across the whole desert Southwest. Usually it is much colder than this and I am not complaining at all! I spent last November in Victorville, CA and it was miserably cold and windy, so I am delighted with the pleasant weather.
November is really the pre-season here, most of the vendors tents aren’t set-up yet and there aren’t that many RVers here either. You can camp very close to town without anyone near you at all. Traffic is light and getting around is easy. There aren’t any lines in the few local grocery stores or to get water. Of course that won’t last long; the population and traffic will steadily increase until it peaks in January at the time of the Big Tent RV Show. Then traffic will be horrible and the place will be a zoo with so many people. Oddly enough though, I even like that. And it doesn’t last long, by February the hordes will be gone and it will be a sleepy little town again.
I think the reason that there are so few people here is the mild weather hasn’t pushed the Snowbirds south yet. But they will get here eventually. The weather in Victorville was actually quite good and we debated just staying there till it got cold, but my itchy feet were just overwhelming me and I NEEDED to move. I’m really glad we did! Having the place all to ourselves just makes it that much nicer.
I am on the southeast side of town in the Scanlon Wash area, just a few miles from Main Street. I am posting a map to my camp in the sidebar to the right (that will be a permanent feature) and at the bottom of this post. I am also including a map of the main things in Quartzsite you need to be able to find once you are here. Here is a map of Quartzsite and below that are directions to our camp:
I’ve moved to Quartzsite, AZ. You all have a standing invitation to my camp; come one, come all!! If you are on Interstate 10 From Blythe or Phoneix: take Interstate 10 and get off on Exit 19, turn RIGHT if you are coming from Blythe, LEFT if you are coming from Phoenix. That will dead-end on E. Kuehn Street, turn LEFT, keep going until you hit the roadblock then turn RIGHT onto the dirt road and reset your odometer. Our camp is .45 miles down the road on the RIGHT. From Parker or Yuma on 95, south of town (and the overpass on Interstate 10) is a street light. If you are coming from Parker, turn LEFT onto Kuehn Street, if you are coming from Yuma turn RIGHT onto Kuehn. Keep going until you hit the roadblock then turn RIGHT onto the dirt road and reset your odometer. Our camp is .45 miles down the road on the RIGHT.