Today we drove to Quartzsite, AZ to attend the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, and RV Show along with Driving Miss Murphy. We have heard about this event and read about it in many blogs and, despite some misgivings on my part about the crowds, we thought we just had to see it for ourselves.
According to the Arizona Highway Department between 750,000 and 1,000,000 people, mostly in RV’s, converge on Quartzsite for the event we attended along with the rock, gem, and mineral shows, and various flea markets. This phenomenon started over 40 years ago and is now known as “The Largest Gathering of RVers in the World”.
There are over 20,000 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campsites, which means free campsites, bordering the show grounds. Everything I have read and heard about this event led me to believe the desert around Quartzsite would be wall-to-wall RV’s but that is not what we saw. While there were many RV’s camped in the desert they sure weren’t wall-to-wall, and there were far less than we expected to see.
We did have fun walking around the inside tent, looking at different RV’s for sale, and then wandering around the outside booths. We also managed to spend some money but honestly I think everything we saw we could have purchased at the Arizona Marketplace in Yuma. I think the real advantage to the Quartzsite show is all the different makes and models of RV’s on display and the various booths from different states and even a few from Canada. We spent some time at the Alaska booth and were able to pick up a few great pamphlets to help us plan our trip up that way.
We didn’t visit this bar but it looked like a fun place to sit and rest your feet, and I loved the sign!
All in all I’m glad we went but I’m not sure we would go again. In a future blog I will tell you about how we are now Yacht Club members 🙂
Until next time …