Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce
Promoting Our Business, Our Town, and Our Way of Life


We invite you to come and visit Quartzsite, AZ

The Jewel of the Desert

Quartzsite……a Gathering Place

Quartzsite Arizona, is a little town in the Southwest desert. It is located at the crossroads of Highway 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles, and Highway 95 between Lake Havasu City and Yuma. It’s history shows that this area was always a gathering place for pioneers on their way to the rich gold fields in California, way station and hub of activity for travelers going in every direction.
Quartzsite is known these days a gathering place of a different kind. In the hot summer months, it is a place where weary travelers can make a stop on their for food, lodging, fueling, and shopping on the way to places east, west, north and south.
The summer temperatures here get to be in the 100s and up, and Quartzsite is just another sleepy town in the south of the desert..
In the winter months, when the temperatures are often in the 70s most of the time, the town turns into one of the biggest gatherings of people in the country. Over one million visitors, some of them called “snowbirds” because they migrate here from the northern climates, converge on Quartzsite in the winter.
Quartzsite hosts thousands of vendors at its famous indoor and outdoor swap meets, where shoppers can find anything and everything they could possibly want to buy. You can shop until you drop.

Quartzsite is world famous for its winter show season………

Quartzsite hosts thousands of vendors at its famous outdoor and indoor swap meets. Shoppers can find anything and everything they could possibly want to buy. There are dealers and sellers here from all over the world with some of the most unusual items you can find. Several of the bigger show areas specialize in rocks, gems, and minerals from all over the continent.

Amethyst from Brazil, opals and crystals from Australia, turquoise from Africa and the U.S., fossilized geodes and ancient bones from everywhere. If antiques are your thing, there are dozens of vendors who bring them in from all over the country----dishes, pans, lamps, jewelry, wagons, household items and much more. If you are looking for homemade craft items, there are plenty to choose from, and some you will not see anywhere else. There are several craft shows going on all the time, and major craft shows during the peak season.

If jewelry is your thing, there are hundreds of vendors selling handmade and commercially made necklaces, earrings, brooches, etc. . Made with some of the hundreds of kinds of gemstones found all over the world as well as in the desert area around Quartzsite. This is a dealer’s paradise, with hundreds of booths filled with gems, minerals, findings, ready made items and raw material for making jewelry and anything else you can think of. If you are a Rv’er or sportsman, there are some shows that specialize in the things you may need for your traveling and pleasure. Looking for T-shirts, souvenirs, socks, windchimes, pottery, polished rock eggs, and other items, slices of rocks for any craft use, wood carvings, clothing, medical aides, dolls, Indian blankets and jewelry, and much much more, then Quartzsite is the place to come to in the winter. There is an old saying here that if you can’t find it in Quartzsite, then it hasn’t been thought of yet.

The “season” in Quartzsite starts in November and lasts until March. The main shows are in January and February, including the World Famous POW WOW. Some vendors stay all year. Quartzsite also has many many year round business that are happy to help you find anything you may need or want Quartzsite has something for everyone. If you get your fill of walking around the swap meets, and want something else to do, there are many more activities you can try.


Music is a big thing in Quartzsite, and you can always find a jam session going on somewhere in town. The Q.I.A. and Senior citizens halls have something going on every day and night. There are dances, bingo, crafts, pot luck dinners, rock classes and jam sessions all the time, and many special events and shows as well.

There are hundreds of miles of trails if you like desert ATVing, walking and hiking around Quartzsite. You can play golf or enjoy some of the field trips available. There are many day trips you can take to see all the sights in the region, most of them right around the town, and some just a few hours away. The desert surrounding Quartzsite is enclosed by several mountain ranges, and there are many species of flora and fauna to discover that are like nowhere else. Many ancient intaglios and petroglyphs can be found in this area, as well as old mines and wagon trails, old buildings and cabins. There is an abundance of history, including Patton’s old camp just outside of the town of Bouse, 21 miles from Quartzsite. If you like museums, there are several in the area and within a days trip that will give you the history of this part of the southern desert. You will be amazed at how many hardships our earlier settlers had to overcome as the west was settled.


Celia’s Rainbow Gardens is a unique, one-of-a-kind of desert botanical gardens and is a must-see if you are in Quartzsite. It encompasses over 15 acres of the Town Park on Plymouth Road, and is a totally volunteer effort. There is so much to see there that you will need a few hours to take it all in. Visit it and see what the community working together can do…….

Visit the site of the tomb of our famous Hadji Ali (Hi Jolly), a camel driver who worked for the army in an experiment to use camels as pack animals just before the Civil War.


Accommodations in Quartzsite are many and varied. There are several motels, over 70 campgrounds, and thousands of acres of BLM campgrounds in the desert surrounding Quartzsite. During the winter season, there have been over 75,000 RVs in the desert and town. You can have your pick of any kind of accommodations you prefer.


Quartzsite annually hosts more than a million and half visitors to this area; most of them have been coming here for many years. Our “snowbirds” and winter visitors come from all over the world. You can be as active or as sedentary as you want to be while you are visiting our desert region. You can fill your days with activities, or just sit back an enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can be in the midst of the wonderful pandemonium that the winter “season” brings, or you can just be out somewhere in the surrounding desert by yourself. Whatever your choice, the Town of Quartzsite and its business community welcome you to visit and stay as long as you like. Visit our new Business Chamber of Commerce office at 101 W. Main St., just across from the main post office and we will be happy to provide you with any information you require—we want you to enjoy our town and businesses, and will do all we can to make your stay a happy oneYou may decide to comeback again and again—Quartzsite has a way of growing on you!!!!

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