We went from the craziness of Las Vegas to the mad house of the Quartzsite RV Show 2017. When this is over we will head to the boonies for a while to recover. However, you can’t miss the yearly Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show for getting RV and camping toys and essentials. (Be sure to chance out the video at the bottom of this post).
So what is the Quartzsite RV Show? Quartzsite, Arizona is a sleepy little desert town for most of the year, but it comes alive in January and February each year as thousands of visitors flock to the area for the Rock and mineral Show in mid-January followed by the RV Show in later January. the desert around the town turns white with boondocks RVs in all directions.
Some people can’t see the lure of so many people camping in one place and the crowds at the show, but it is definitely a happening that all RVers should experience at least once. We never stay for long because it is a bit overwhelming after a while, but just like Las Vegas, we enjoy it for a few days each time.
There are many options for camping in the area. You can choose to use a full hook-up campground in town. There are several, but early reservations for the show are suggested. For most people, boon docking in the surrounding desert is the way to go. Even there you have 2 options. There are several La Post Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) described here. these cost $40.00for a 14 day permit as of 2017. They vary in amenities, but all have trash bins. Some have water and dump stations. If you purchase the permit in one area the water and dump sites are available for you use.
For people who do not want to pay for the LTVA camping, you simply drive 5 miles each direction from Quartzsite and there is wide open BLM land that you can boondocks for free.
We always pay the $40 for a 2 week stay in the Long Term Visitors Area so that we can walk to the tent. If we park further away and have to drive into the show area it is almost impossible to find parking.
It has been several years since we have been to the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show so we decided to make this our first Arizona stop this year. You can see our first post about the Quartzsite RV Show here. We have visited many times in the last 16 years, but every years we come away with a new toy for our RV or camping needs. This year was no different.
As we approached Quzrtzsite, it looked like we may get some rain. Several years ago while we were here we had the pleasure of experiencing a real desert monsoon and flash flood. Thank goodness we were parked on high ground because the water wash running all around us and the wash between La Rosa West and the Big tent was a raging river for several hours.
We found our “perfect” spot in La Post West. We always pay the $40 for a 2 week stay in the Long Term Visitors Area so that we can walk to the tent. If we park further away and have to drive into the show area it is almost impossible to find parking.
We had the added pleasure of camping with Melinda’s niece and her husband for the first time in several years. But we were so busy visiting and taking in the show that we forgot to take any pictures of our time together! Next time I guess.
The show seemed a bit smaller this year than in the past with fewer vendors around the outside of the tent, but inside was the mad jam it always is. Tyson Wells across the street from the big tent was as full as ever and had a large supply of things you just cannot do without! Hang on to your wallets if you come to this show. It is a paradise toy store for campers and RVers.
There is always enough food to satisfy every need and plenty of walking to work it off and go back for more.
The ice cream stand is one of the most popular and there are long lines at peak times of the day. They definitely do not skimp on the portion size.
Across the street from the Big Tent and surrounding vendors is an area called Tyson Wells. This is the area that is more like a flea market, but is also full of must have RV toys and some stuff for home too. Of course there are also the food vendors. You definitely won’t go hungry at this show!
After a long day of shopping you can stop in the local bar area, listen to music and enjoy a brew, wine or well drink. This was a new, to us, perk this year. We had not seen this before, but of course we had not been here for 4 years.
Back at camp, we enjoyed the desert sunset and munched on the days events and purchases. Another day at the Quartzsite RV Show completed and it was almost time to move along to our next shunpiking experience.
Good night from Quartzsite, Az.