A Peak into the Past in Quartzsite, Arizona

During most of the year, the tiny town of Quartzsite Arizona perched on the western border of Arizona and California along Interstate 10 has a population of somewhere between 600 and 3,400 residents. In winter however, all of that changes and the city’s population explodes to an estimated 2.2 million winter visitors with their vast array of RV rigs invading the desert town.  The seniors from across the U.S. and Canada, seeking escape from snow and winter cold, flock to this tiny, desert community. They seek open space where they can park their RV’s of all shapes, types and sizes so they can socialize, visit the world’s largest gem and mineral shows and make the rounds at regular and ongoing flea market sales. Once a wagon stop on the way to California, it is said that even Wyatt Earp made a stop here in Quartzsite where he made an unsuccessful bid to become constable. In the late 1800’s, it was also the site of an Army experiment to use camels to haul supplies across the blazing desert of western Arizona. During the peak period, RV’s can be seen in a 70 mile radius of this tiny town making it one of the largest senior, winter hangouts in the U.S.