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Old 02-25-2009, 07:30 AM   #1
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We are heading east on I-10 on 2/28 to Quartzsite, and have heard about it for years but have never been there. Where should we stay? Any recommendations. We are going on east after we stop in Quartzsite. What else should we see while we're there?
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Nancy & Bill,
If you are just staying for a day or two, stay in the BLM land. As you approach the first off ramp you will see RV's to the left of the freeway; take the first off ramp, turn left over the overpass, go a couple hundred yards to the T intersection, turn left and go a half mile or so and camp where ever you want to. There are around 50 private campgrounds in and around Quartzsite if you need full service hookups; most in town are on hwy 95 north of main st. [business I 10], and there are a few on Main St. west of hwy 95.
Don't know what is going on this late in the season, but stop in at the Chamber of Commerce trailer on Main, one block west of hwy 95 on the north side of the street for information and handouts. We enjoyed some of the Jam Sessions at the QIA center [country and western], and the Library had some interesting programs a couple of times a months. The Library also has Wi-fi and computers if you need to check your e-mail, you have to ask for the code at the desk.
Enjoy,
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I just re-read your message, I thought you would be coming from the East; if you are traveling west then the directions would be take the second off ramp and turn right at the overpass. From the west you can also take the first off ramp and turn right, then right again on the frontage road and go about a mile to Cholla road, turn left for about a half mile and you are on BLM land. Hope you are not too confused by now
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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We are heading east on I-10 on 2/28 to Quartzsite, and have heard about it for years but have never been there. Where should we stay? Any recommendations. We are going on east after we stop in Quartzsite. What else should we see while we're there?
I would arrive with full water and empty black and grey tanks and stay on the BLM land. Just explore the area and get the feel of the area and come back next year about the middle of January to the end of January when the RV Show is on. More information at http://www.quartzsitervshow.com/
We were there for the first time this year and stayed 2 weeks free about 6 miles north on BLM land towards Parker, Az. In town is The RV Pit Stop where you can dump and get fresh water for $8-$10. We ate breakfast and lunch free everyday except Sunday at laMesa RV in town, so was an inexpensive experience. Great time and we will be back next year. Lots of fun.
I don't know what is happening now but at least once you need to go to Quartzsite.
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Thanks for the tips...it helps!
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Thanks for the tips...it helps!
A few years back I stopped at roughly this time of the year and it was very dead. The activity is over and only a few vendors were there trying to unload their remaining inventory. Got a couple of bargains and went on my my. It was nothing compared to being there in the end of January at the big peak.
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Sitting in Quartzsite right now. Area is pretty much dead for vendors. Just like you we were told you had to come here at least once, will be back next year during the BIG SHOW and EVENTS.
Next time we will stay at the Long-Term Visitors Area BLM area and pay the $40.00 for the 14 day permit as that gives us the use of a dump station-fresh water station and dumpster as we can only dry camp 5-7 days.
Just south of the LTVS areas on 95 are the free BLM free area and not many RV's still there.
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The only real advantage to coming to Quartzsite now is to get a feel for the town and check out RV parks (if you need full hookups) where you might want to stay.

There are over 70 RV parks in Quartzsite...they're scattered all over town, many of them in hidden niches that you'll never see listed anywhere. Here's a partial list of RV parks in Quartzsite (the telephone Area Code for all of them is 928). If you scroll down to the bottom, there is a listing of locations telling you how to get to all the BLM areas around Quartzsite that allow camping, both free and fee.
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