Community Profile | Town of Quartzsite

Western Arizona Economic Development District

Town of Quartzsite


Quartzsite is west of Phoenix at the junction of Interstate 10 and U.S. 95, near the Colorado River. The community has a Mohave Desert setting. The nearby Kofa, New Water, and Plomosa Mountains provide topographic relief while the Colorado River lies only 17 miles to the west.

In 1867, Quartzsite was established on the former old Fort Tyson, a privately built structure constructed in 1856 by Charles Tyson for protection against raids. Named Quartzite because quartz was occasionally found in the area, the name evolved to Quartzsite through an error in spelling.

Principal Economic Activities

Tourism is the major contributor to Quartzsite's economy. The retail trade and service sectors benefit from the visitors who reside at the numerous mobile home and trailer parks in the vicinity between October and March. Several major gems and mineral shows and multiple general swap meets are popular tourist attractions, drawing approximately 1.5 million people annually.

Scenic Attractions

A rock hunter's paradise surrounds Quartzsite with agates, limonite cubes, gold, and quartz being just a few. In town, the Hi Jolly Monument honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert.

To the south of Quartzsite rise the Kofa Mountains. Historic and scenic areas include the Spanish Wall, Crystal Hill, Tyson Tanks, and Tyson Wells Museum. South in the Kofa Mountains is Palm Canyon, a tight gorge and home to Arizona's only native palms, reached by a steep but rewarding climb. Farther south is Castle Dome Peak. There are many interesting points, including historical sites, day trips, and many off-road ATV trails.

Community Facilities

Quartzsite offers a broad range of community facilities, including an 80-acre town park. Celia's Rainbow Gardens, a senior citizens' hall, recreation centers, a public library, a historical museum, and one nine-hole and one 18-hole primitive desert golf course are located in Quartzsite. The Quartzsite sewer and water system are upgraded on an on-going basis.

Local Resources

Town of Quartzsite

Jim Ferguson,
Town Manager
P.O. Box 2812
Quartzsite, AZ 85346
Phone: 928-927-4333
Email: Quartzsite Town Manager
Website: Town of Quartzsite

La Paz County Economic Development Corporation

Skip Becker,
Executive Director
Phone: 928-669-8272
Email: Skip Becker
Website: La Paz County Economic Development

Local First Arizona

Kimber Lanning,
Chief Executive Officer
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: Local First Arizona
Website: Local First Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021

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