The year-round population of Quartzsite, Arizona is somewhere around 3,400. In the winter months, the population swells almost 300 times to around one million. That’s greater than the population of eight individual states in the U.S.! And the snowbirds? They’re almost all RVers, and right now we’re two of them.
We pulled in to one of the 14-day camping areas (Dome Rock) on Thursday late afternoon, and immediately happened upon our friend Brent walking on Dome Rock Road. Things were looking up. We found a spacious and level spot to call home and settled in quickly in a desire to hike Dome Rock before sunset. The hike up is fun and quick, and we returned twice on Friday with friends.
Our group here has a nightly campfire and hosts a wide variety of folks, from van dwellers to people in monster fifth-wheels. When looking out at Quartzsite and its LTVAs* from Dome Rock, the massive scale of this RV city is apparent. And little did we know that we would be in town on the busiest day of the year. Saturday marked the beginning of a huge RV show, with plenty of brand new RVs to explore and have sticker-shock over, and hundreds of vendors selling miscellaneous products. (We easily spotted the one Israeli guy hawking a hair product. Our Israeli-dar is pretty refined.)
The afternoon in town was fantastic. We roamed around gem shows, RV gadget dealers, and a general merchandise store with ridiculous discounts – which Ayo swooned over. We listened to live country music, were recruited for jobs at Amazon.com’s workcamping program, and met up with Barbara and Ron from The Road Less Traveled.
Quartzsite ain’t bad, but we’re heading south toward Phoenix and Tucson this week.
*The Long Term Visitor Areas are where the huge “RV Cities” are. They allow stays as long as seven months for a fee of $180.
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