Quartzsite offers a variety of RV parks and boondocking areas where you could try a different area every time you visited and never stay at the same place twice (well, almost). The boondocking areas have both short term and long term visitation. Two of the BLM areas, Plomosa Rd and Hi Jolly, offer free camping for up to 14 days within a 30 day period but you must register with the host upon arrival. There is no dump station, water fill, or dumpsters so you get what you pay for. If you want more amenities then head to an LTVA area such as La Posa North, LaPosa, East, etc. We had stayed at Hi Holly BLM prior to heading to Borrego Springs and decided to stop by again on our way back to Arizona. It was before the mad dash of the Big Tent RV Show (AKA Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, & RV Show) so it wasn’t as crowded as it could be. We found a lovely site on the south side of the east west road (Rd 244) this time with great views.
Campground: Hi Jolly BLM
Location: Quartzsite, Arizona (east of Hwy 95 about 3 miles north of I-10)
Comments: A fine location for before or after the Big Tent Show but is Way too crowded for us during the event and the days leading up to the event. We like to park on the edge, either to the north of the south so one side of us has great views and no neighbors.
We enjoy morning campfires where we can sit our and sip our coffee and enjoy our fire and some breakfast.
We drove over to LaPosa BLM, which is a long term visitor area (LTVA) where the Roadrunner Alfa Rally was to be held soon to do some visiting. Only about 3 rigs (of an expected 40-50 rigs) were there then but it was great to catch up with friends.
No visit to Quartzsite is complete without a excursion to Tyson Wells for shopping, ice cream, and Beer Bellys!
There is a nice historical museum called Tyson Wells Stage Station Museum which is worth a visit. It is free and there is also a guide to show you around.
And, saving the best for last, is Silly Al’s, the best pizza in the universe.
We love it here, lots of friends, lots to do, beautiful scenery AND it’s free!