Have you been to Quartzsite? That is the question frequently asked when RVers gather to talk about their experiences. The other quest asked, is “where did you get that?” and the answer is frequently “At the Quartzsite RV show.”
Every January, “the largest gathering of RVers in the world” occurs in the little desert town of Quartzsite, AZ. According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as a 1,000,000 people, mostly in RV’s, come to this sleepy little desert town in January. Quartzsite is located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10. The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, including a large number of flea market booths and the Rock and Mineral Show started over 40 years ago.
The inaugural Quartzsite RV Show opened on January 28th, 1984 at the corner of Hwy 95 and Business 10 in Quartzsite, Arizona. There were only 60 exhibitors and a small tent, but it was still very popular since the majority of the people in Quartzsite we’re RVers.
In 1987, the show, now re-named The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, moved up the street to the Quartzsite Trailer Park. For the next several years the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show enjoyed a tremendous run huge crowds, with the largest crowds of all, showing up during the 5-day Quartzsite Pow Wow.
This new home for The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show lasted ten years. However, the RV Show grew to a point where the 3.5-acre site could barely hold the number of exhibitors that were now vying for exhibit space.
In 1997, the “BIG TENT”, as the show had become known, moved across the I-10 freeway to its present home, The new facility was a former dry campground and is 20 acres.
RV camping is available in the numerous RV parks in town, but most people choose to dry camp on the surrounding BLM land. If you choose to have “hookups” make sure to make reservations early.
The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show is a toy store for RVers. Many traditional vendors are present, but the unique thing about the show is the number of individuals who sell items that they have made to help life on the road. These handy items can’t be found anywhere else.