Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quartzsite 2010


Montana Owners Circle Quartzsite Arizona 2010

Last year I wrote “Every January it turns into a RV Woodstock! Quartzsite is a very small town surrounded by miles of BLM land that offers free, no hookup camping on the desert. Each year during the third week in January there is a big RV show in here. Along with the 6 permanent “flea” markets there is nothing for an RV that you can’t find in Quartzsite. It is also known for it’s gems and stones. There are more places to buy beads here than anywhere! It is also the premier RV social event of the year. At its peak next week there will be tens of thousands of RVs camped on the desert, for a 10 mile radius in all directions. I think every known RV group has a rally site in the desert near Quartzsite during this week.”

That still sums up Quartzsite, Arizona in January. This year our Montana Owners Group has 53 trailers attending our gathering in the desert. We arrived a week early to watch the desert and our MOC circle fill-up. It also gives us a chance to visit the “permanent flea markets ” before the heavy crowds show up for the “Big Tent RV Event”.

Our circle has daily happy hour, and a campfire. There are a few potluck dinners and lunches. Kathy and the other Ladies spent their time mostly beading, buying more beading supplies or talking about beading. There is always someone working on some kind of “project”. The most ambitious this year was the installation of 6 solar panels.

We have had a mixed bag of weather this year. Our first week was a little cooler than last year but still nice. Then we had a windy day followed by a rainy day then more clear weather. Consequently, the crowds are large during the clear days as everyone tries to shop the flea markets, get groceries, do laundry, etc. During the bad weather days the ladies bead, talk about beading and plan what beads they are going to buy when the weather gets better. Most of the guys, read, surf the Internet and nap.



Sunsets pictures that Kathy took during the nice weather.


  1. Kath, Beautiful sunsets!
    Hugs and belly rubs to Raider!

  2. Just lovely! Happy beading Kathy!

  3. Hi Kathy and Grant,
    I love the picture of the RV roundup...modern day covered wagon camping...thank goodness you didn't need to guard against intruders like in the old days.
    Sunset is gorgeous
    Madi and Mom

  4. That is one beautiful sunset.......

    Do MS attend those gatherings?
    They probably can't get there, they are all broke down and being fixed.

  5. That's quite a circle of RV's. How did you get that picture?

  6. I love the pics....they're beautiful!!

  7. I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

  8. When I redesigned my blog, I somehow lost many of the blogs I love to read. So I followed the crumbs and made it back to you. You're now back on my list. Now I can keep up with your travels again! I've missed you!