Travel Arizona: Boondocking in Quartzsite

Travel Arizona: Boondocking in Quartzsite

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Quartzsite, Arizona is a winter hot spot for RVers. It gets especially busy in January during the big RV show they host every year. For us, we decided to go boondocking in Quartzsite not because of the show, but because we wanted to see friends.

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If you read our post about camping at Saddle Mountain, you know that some of our friends persuaded us to make a stop there for a few days before going to Quartzsite. They actually tried to persuade us to stay there the whole week instead of going to Quartzsite, but we still had other friends we wanted to see. So off we went!

Quartzsite Boondocking: Location

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Quartzsite is a small town located on the far western side of Arizona on I-10. It’s only about 20 miles from California. Large grocery stores are non-existent and you have to travel the 20 miles to California to get to a major grocery chain. We actually stayed at the La Posa South Long Term Visitors Area on BLM land in a designated area for the Fulltime Families meetup. You could see RVs for days.

Quartzsite Boondocking: Fees and Campsites

Boondocking during our stay was free due to the government shutdown. But typically you can purchase a 2 week pass for $40.

Campsites are pretty much unlimited and a free-for-all. However, some people who camp here regularly can be pretty territorial. Many of them use rocks to mark off their designated campsite.

We set up in a large circle with about 30 other families. Most of the other RVers around us were nice and friendly, but as you can imagine there were those few who didn’t like the fact that children were hanging around the area.

There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups, but there are dump stations and several freshwater filling areas. They also do a nice job of keeping large dumpsters in the area for trash.

If you need cell signal to work during the day, don’t count on being able to get much while the RV show is in town. We found that AT&T was the only cell signal we could get consistently, though it fluctuated depending upon the time of day. Verizon was overloaded and we were unable to get enough signal to work.

Quartzsite Boondocking: Things To Do

  • Check out RVs. As I said above, Quartzsite is a small town with little to do. If you’re searching for an RV, they’ve got plenty of RV dealerships to check out. Or if you’re around when the RV show is going on, you can take the day to go to the event. There are tons of RVs and RV related vendors to check out.
  • Find the Rock Map. At La Posa South LTVA, be sure to take some time to find the USA map made out of rocks. It’s a pretty cool sight to see. The kids were amazed.
  • View the Sun/Stars. One day we had an opportunity to meet up with GeoAstroRV. They take their telescopes everywhere they go and teach people about the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Everyone had a great time looking through the telescopes.
  • Visit the Desert Bar. Take some time to make the drive to the Desert Bar with friends. The bar is in Parker, AZ down a 3-mile bumpy dirt road and is powered completely by solar and generators. They only open on Saturdays and Sundays October through April from noon to 6pm. They have great food and a friendly atmosphere.
  • Make Bike Ramps. A few of the kids in the group found an area with a shallow hole in the ground. It was a perfect spot for riding their bikes and trying to do tricks.

To us, Quartzsite wasn’t anything spectacular. We did have a great time with friends and we’ve crossed it off the list, but it’s most likely a “once and done” trip.


Have you been to Quartzsite, AZ? What was your experience? Tell us in the comments below!