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You never know what is going on at the Quartzsite Town Park ... so many interest groups use the park that visitors may find something interesting to watch just by simply visiting the Park.

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Attract1Tyson Wells Stage Station Museum

The Quartzsite Historical Society opened Tyson’s Well Museum in February 1980, after extensive restoration work. Artifacts were gathered from interested citizens, as well as photographs and old mining equipment and placed inside and outside the building. The dirt floor in one of the rooms was maintained for authenticity. The ceiling of the main room consists of saguaro ribs,  and the original fireplace is still in use during the winter. Outside in the yard is the original assay shack from the Mariquita Mine, which offers a peek into the everyday life of the miners. Also, in the yard is the handiwork of Walter Barrett, a little village of cement and stone houses built during his retirement and donated to the museum.
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Attract2Gunny's RV and Military Museum

USMC Ret. "Gunny" Robert St. Germain runs, operates, and is the sole owner of the Museum. But it's more than just a Museum. It is an outreach to the Veterans who pass through Quartzsite Arizona, To Quote Gunny" it is the stories that these vets tell while they share the ever present coffee pot and sit on the patio that make all this worthwhile" Gunny's Military Museum is filled with all kinds of military memorabilia from every branch of the service and lots of other items to see.

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Attract3Hi Jolly Monument & Cemetery

The Hi Jolly Cemetery is operated and maintained by the Town of Quartzsite for the purposes of providing a cemetery, historic site and park. The Hi Jolly monument is in the pioneer section of the cemetery. The monument is a favorite of visitors to Arizona.

The Hi Jolly Memorial at the cemetery in Quartzsite pays tribute to Hadji Ali, one of several camel drivers brought over by the U.S. Army in a failed attempt to introduce camels to the American Southwest. After the experiment was abandoned, Ali was the only driver to remain in Arizona. He took up prospecting, and became known to locals as “Hi Jolly”. He is by far the most colorful of the camel drivers because he remained in the desert southwest and became a prospector, scout and was a courier for what was called the Jackass Mail. He was a packer, hauling freight in the area also. Hi Jolly died in December of 1902. In 1934 the Arizona Department of Transportation erected a monument over his grave.

Attract4Dripping Springs

There are hundred of Petroglyphs here. You will also find the remains of an old stone cabin and an arrastre. Look along the base of the cliff to the left of the stone cabin for the cave where the spring originates. Once you’ve found it, listen and you will hear it dripping from the cave roof, forming a year round pool of water. A path takes off to the left of the cave, following the edge of the cliff where more petroglyphs can be seen. Dripping springs is one mile down the road from Dos Picachos Mine. The road is steep and rutted. This is a trip for a 4-wheeled drive vehicle.

Attract5Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Bordered by the Yuma proving ground to the west and the Kofa National Wildlife refuge to the east the refuge is an excellent place for viewing desert plants and wildlife, rock climbing, exploring old mines, or just camping in remote wilderness.
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Attract6Grinding Holes & Petroglyphs

On the East side of Tyson Wash a short distance south of Quartzsite, you can see Indian grinding holes and some faint petroglyphs. There is also a natural tank near the cliff which may have water in if it has rained. This is the site of the original Quartzsite washed away in a flood and subsequently rebuilt on higher ground at its present location. It is said that a safe full of gold lies buried beneath the sand at the bottom of Tyson Wash somewhere near this spot, carried away in the great flood. To get there - Go South on highway 95, turn right into the BLM Long Term Visitor Area, then left on the main road. Turn right at the BLM road 358. Park just before Tyson Wash and look for the petroglyphs on a rocky outcrop. Across the wash on the opposite cliff you will find grinding holes and caves where Indians once lived.

ATTRACTIONS IN QUARTZSITE

Welcome

On behalf of the Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and everyone in the Quartzsite region, I welcome you.  

This area is special – Not just for its popularity as an RV Winter camping area, and its show and Swap meets. The area is also favored by ATV and Off-road enthusiasts for its Trail systems. But this area is rife with other discoveries as well.

Here ... we’ll do out best to introduce you to just some of the attractions in the area.

1. Tyson Well Stage Station Museum

2. Gunny's RV and Military Museum

3. Hi Jolly Monument & Cemetery

4. Dripping Springs

5. Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

6. Grinding Holes & Petroglyphs

7. Palm Canyon

8. Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

9. Ahakaav Preserve

10. Celias Rainbow Garden

11. Quartzsite Desert Flyers RC Club

12. Reader's Oasis Bookstore & Paul Winer

13. Bouse Fisherman Intaglio

Points of Interest
(other County Attractions)

14. 9-11 Memorial Monument, Salome

15. Camp Bouse, Bouse

16. 'Sandy' & Memorial Row, Bouse

17. Poston Relocation Center

18. Swansea Township

19. Parker Dam

Above all, we hope you feel welcome here. However you choose to spend your time in Quartzsite, we want to do whatever we can to make your experience extraordinary.  In fact, we hope you come to love it here as much as we do.

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Attract7Palm Canyon

An area of rugged beauty, Palm Canyon may be the only place in Arizona where native palm trees, California Fan Palms, can be found. tucked away in narrow, rugged canyons on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. People were aware of the small, scattered clusters of trees growing in Palm Canyon even before the creation of the refuge. The palm trees have become a major visitor attraction for the refuge. To get there - Drive South on Highway 95 for 23 miles then turn left into the Kofa Wildlife Refuge for approximately 7 miles on the dirt road until it ends.
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Attract8Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Located in the flood plain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. The refuge encompasses both the historic Colorado River channel as well a channelized portion constructed in the late 1960's. Along these main water bodies are home to many wildlife species that reside in this portion of the Sonoran Desert. ... CLICK HERE for more

Attract9Ahakaav Preserve

Established in 1995 the preserve currently consists of 1,253 acres of wilderness area and a 3.5 acre park. The preserve is centered around a reconstructed Colorado backwater, which offers a variety of activities including fishing, canoeing, birding and swimming. The preserve's many purposes include revegatation of areas for endangered and threatened plants and animals native to the Lower Colorado River Basin.
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Attract10Celias Rainbow Garden

A community working together to make a child's dream come true.  Celia's Rainbow Gardens, located in the Quartzsite Town Park encompasses 8 acres of the 40 acre park.  The gardens were inspired by the dreams of Celia Winer, an 8-year old girl whose goal in life was to make the world a better place.   Her love of nature, her desire to save the environment, and dreams of people working together have been taken to heart by this little desert community. 

Attract11Quartzsite Desert Flyers RC Club

The Quartzsite Desert RC Flyers are a club that enjoys flying all kinds of Radio Controlled Aircraft. We fly from the 'Jim B. Colwell Field' located at the north end of the Quartzsite Town Park. Officially named by proclamation of the Town. The Name bestowed upon Mr Colwell due to his generosity of time, energy and time devoted to the hobby.
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Attract12Reader's Oasis Bookstore & Paul Winer

Paul Winer has achieved legend status after 20 years as the naked guy who has The Oasis Bookstore in Quartzsite, Az. In the face of predictions already accepted as fact—that bookstores are about to join the dodo bird and doctors who make house calls—Paul Winer has a business model that works . . . for him. His image has appeared in hundreds if not thousands of private blogs and the occasional print publication. But when the ogling and eye-balling are done, it is worth it to stick around to learn the story of this life-long performer and point man on freedom of expression litigation. Paul Winer was a Vermont poet as a young man.  His poetry became lyrics and Paul embarked on a career as a performer of blues and an accomplished pianist.

Paul states “I was in court 68 times and won every case.  I was at the center of some landmark freedom of expression cases." When asked Paul replies simply  "It has nothing to do with philosophy or being connected to Nature.  I am not a poster boy for nudism, naturism, or sun worship.  I just don’t like the feel of clothes."

Attract13Bouse Fisherman Intaglio

The Bouse Fisherman is an Intaglio also known as a geoglyph or earth figure. These very large earth figures were created many years ago by American Indians. The fisherman was first spotted in 1932 on the desert floor when George Palmer, a pilot, saw an enormous human figure with outstretched hands. In 1984, the Colorado River Indian Tribes sponsored a flight which led to a second discovery of the Bouse Fisherman. Bouse residents and others collected money and installed posts and a cable fence around the site. A bronze plaque was set into a stone pillar to commemorate the site hoping for preservation for all. To get there - North out of Quartzsite on Highway 95 for 5.4 miles, then turn right on Plomosa Road. 6 miles up the road look for fences on your left.
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Nearby Points of Interest
(but in other regional areas)

911memorialAttract149-11 MEMORIAL, SALOME - The 9-11 Memorial Monument was the culmination of three years of planning on the part of the McMullen Valley Fire District, Salome Lions Club and the McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce. There were many individual volunteers and local businesses that provided labor, donated materials and made monetary donations to make this memorial possible. The monument honors the victims attacks of September 11, 2001. It is the first 9-11 Memorial in La Paz County. ... For More Information CLICK HERE

Attract15CAMP BOUSE, BOUSE - so extremely top secret,heavily guarded military units in the United States Army came to Bouse in March 1943 and left the end of April 1944. To this day, historians/authors often miss Camp Bouse when writing about the DTC. During the time it was operational thousands of troops from the 9th Tank Group occupied Camp Bouse. They tested a top secret weapon system mounted on top a tank turret known as the 'Gizmo'. Troops were told it would "change the course of the war."
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MonumentRowAttract16WWII TANK & MEMORIAL ROW - ‘Sandy’ is the M60 Patton Tank, with her 105 mm main gun, is now residing at one end of ‘Monument Row’ located on the corner of Highway 72 and Main Street as you travel through Bouse. ‘Sandy’ stands there to honor the tank battalions that made up those at Camp Bouse Memorial. Monument Row numbers 11 seperate ‘Historic Markers’ in remembrance of those who served at Camp Bouse.

 

PostonAttract17POSTON RELOCATION CENTER, POSTON - Marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center where 17,867 persons of Japanese ancestry, the majority of whom were United States citizens, were interned during World War II from May 1942 to November 1945. All persons of Japanese descent living on west coast farms, businesses, towns, cities, and states were forcibly evacuated by the United States military on the grounds that they posed a threat to the national security. ... For More Information CLICK HERE

SwanseaAttract18SWANSEA TOWNSHIP - Of all the ghost towns near Parker, Swansea is the best preserved; with ruins of a large brick smelter, mine, and more than a dozen buildings. A railroad connected Swansea to nearby Bouse in 1908 and the camp’s population grew to a total of 750. Swansea had an electric light company, an auto dealer, a lumber company, even a barber and an insurance agent.Swansea existed for only 15 years before the town disappeared into the desert. The short existence of Swansea ended after WWI when copper prices dropped. By 1937 Swansea was already a ghost town. For More Information CLICK HERE

Attract19PARKER DAM - What you see is not what you get at Parker Dam, known as “the deepest dam in the world.” Engineers, digging for bedrock on which to build, had to excavate so far beneath the bed of the Colorado River that 73 percent of Parker Dam’s 320-foot structural height is not visible.
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