Quartzsite, Arizona

A Rockhound's Paradise

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Desert Gardens Rock, Gem & Mineral Show Update  
Jan. 1st – Feb. 28th, 2021

The Desert Gardens Gem & Mineral Show is underway in Quartzite, Arizona.  The Show runs 7 days a week from 9 am – 5 pm. This year the organizers of the Show are promoting a safe event by requiring face masks/face coverings, checking temperatures and practicing social distancing.

The vendors at the show are eager to let everyone know the show is open through the end of February.   There is a huge variety of rocks, gems, minerals and crystals products for sale at the various booths.   Raw rock and mineral specimens from all over the world are represented at this show.  You will also find beads, jewelry, home décor products, art and much more.  

There is something for everyone at this show!  

Desert Gardens Gem & Mineral Show
Jan. 1 – Feb. 28th, 2021
1055 Kuehn St, Quartzsite, AZ 85346
Open 7 days a week from 9 am- 5 pm.

More dates below

Photo by Barb Brown taken at the Desert Gardens Rock, Gem & Mineral Show 2021

Photo by Barb Brown taken at the Desert Gardens Rock, Gem & Mineral Show 2021

Photo by Brian Hornbeck of Tera Alchemy ~ Booth D 17, Desert Gardens Rock, Gem & Mineral Show

Location / Description

Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, just 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. It's been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960s. These days, it's also a mecca to well over a million visitors each year, most of whom converge on this small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February.

At this time of the year, 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and everything else imaginable create one of the world's largest open air flea markets in Quartzsite. Eight major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year.



In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite to protect his water supply from attacks by Native Americans. Fort Tyson soon became a stopover on the Ehrenburg-to-Prescott stagecoach route, eventually becoming known as Tyson's Wells. After the stage stopped running, it became a ghost town.

A small mining boom revitalized the town and it became known as Quartzsite in 1897. It remained a mining town until 1965, when the Pow Wow Rock, Gem & Mineral Show initiated the rockhound winter migration to Quartzsite each year. These days, the population can swell to almost a million during January and February as rockhounders, jewelers and vendors, mostly in thousands of RVs, attend the eight major gem and mineral shows.

Shows and Events for February

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Feb 2021

Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
Oct. 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021

Tyson Wells Market Center Swap Meet
Oct 01, 2020 - April 1, 2021

Grease Wood Swap Meet
November 2020 - April, 2021

Desert Gardens - Gem & Mineral
January 01 - February 28, 2021

Prospectors Panorama
January 01 - February 22, 2021

Tyson Wells Arts and Crafts
January 29 - February 7, 2021

Quartzsite Gold Show
February 12-14, 2021 QIA building. Friday - Saturday 9-4 Sunday.

Check back for the 2022 dates for shows listed below.

QIA Pow Wow - Gems, minerals & jewelry
January 20 - January 23, 2021

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 01 - January 10, 2021

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 15 - January 24, 2021

Sports, Vacation & RV Show (The Big Tent)
January 16 - January 24, 2021


Population / Elevation

Quartzsite 1,900 people / 876 feet above sea level

Weather / Climate

Quartzsite has a classic low desert climate with extremely low relative humidity and very high summer temperatures. On the average, it receives less than 4 inches of precipitation a year. Stores, shops, restaurants, theaters and homes are air-conditioned year round in Quartzsite. June, July, August and September temperature are in the 100 plus area.


Side Trips For Rockhounds

Bradshaw Trail also known as the Gold Road to La Paz, is located in California's southeastern Riverside County. The trail was created in 1862 by William Bradshaw, and was the first trail that crossed the Riverside County desert all the way to the Colorado River. In 1863 it became a well-traveled overland stage route. Originating in San Bernardino, the trail was used to haul miners and other passengers to the gold fields at La Paz, Arizona (now Ehrenberg). More...

Hauser Geode Beds Take the Wiley's Well Road exit from Interstate 10 and continue driving south to the graded dirt road just past the state prison. You will pass Wiley's Well campground (9 miles south of I-10), and Coon Hollow campground (12 miles south of I-10). You will see a dirt road on the right with a marker indicating the route to the Hauser Geode Beds. (This is also the Imperial and Riverside county border.) More...

Opal Hill Mine Produced fire agate, and rock hounders frequented the mine for its gem-quality stones. The mine claim is currently closed to the public until the claim owner plan of operation is approved for the site. The BLM has banned all digging at the site until an approved operation plan is obtained. More...

Tumco/Hedges Ghost Town Driving Interstate 8 east of El Centro, California, after you pass through the Imperial Sand Hills, you can see off to the left a small group of mountains that appear dark brown. These mountains are known as the Cargo Muchacho Mountains. More...


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There are hotels and motels in nearby (about 20 miles) Blythe, CA For more information and a complete list, click here. (Rates, availability and reservations Online.)
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Camping & RV Parks

There are camping and a plethora of RV accommodations in and around Quartzsite. For more information, contact:

  • Quartzsite Chamber & Tourism
    1240 W. Main
    Quartzsite, Arizona 85346
  • Arizona State Parks 602-542-4174
  • Arizona National Forests 800-280-CAMP

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Recreation & Wilderness Areas

  • Kofa National Wildlife Refuge: 5 miles south.
  • Cibola National Wildlife Refuge: 40 miles south.
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge: 50 miles south.

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