Quartzsite, Arizona

Quartzsite, Arizona - R.V. community

Country United States
Population (2007)
Total 3,4971
Density 93.6/sq mi (36.1/km²)

General outline

Quartzsite, Arizona is a town of approximately 3500 residents in the summer. Situated along I-10 some fifteen miles from the California border, every winter Quartzsite swells with an influx of snowbirds, campers from across North America, generally escaping the cold northern climate in search of sunshine, the solitude of the desert, and the company of like-minded individuals. According to the Bureau of Land Management and the Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce, up to 1.5 million2 inhabitants settle in town every winter, bringing their lodgings with them in the form of recreational vehicles or RVs. At any one time in January and February, hundreds of thousands of residents make this remote desert town into a substantial urban center.



Quartzsite is a popular RV camping area for winter visitors, and tourism is the major contributor to Quartzsite's economy. Nine major gem, mineral, and 15 general swap meet/flea market shows are very popular tourist attractions, attracting about 1.5 million people annually, mostly in January and February.


There are mall-like shopping spaces and residential compounds, but there is no public space. Production is non-existent. Instead, Quartzsite is a city of trade, consumption, and tourism. Class is virtually non-existent. Everyone is the same: a nomad with a vehicle that doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s a place in which individuals go to get away from their neighbours and to become individuals, but it’s also a place of incredible density where camper vans are packed cheek-by-jowl.

See also

Read "Swarm Intelligence" in Sumrell and Varnelis, Blue Monday: Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies.

Temporary communities, house boats, Swarm Intelligence,

External links

http://www.ci.quartzsite.az.us/ Town of Quartzsite official website
http://www.desertusa.com/Cities/az/quartzsite.html Quartzsite information at Desert USA
http://www.blm.gov/az/outrec/camping/laposa.htm BLM camping information

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