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About Quartzsite, Arizona


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


Quartzsite was established in 1867 on the site of old Fort Tyson, a privately built structure constructed in 1856 by Charles Tyson for protection against Indian raids. Named Quartzsite because quartz was occasionally found in the area, the name evolved to Quartzsite through an error in spelling. Quartzsite annexation includes 130 square miles.

Basic information
Founded: 1867 Distance to Major Cities  
Incorporated: 1989
  • Lake Havasu:  61 miles
Elevation: 870
  • Los Angeles:  245 miles
Located in LaPaz County
  • Palm Springs: 129 miles
Nearby Highways: Highway I-10; US 95
  • Parker, Arizona:  36 miles
  • Phoenix: 125 miles
  • Tucson: 296 miles
  • Yuma: 80 miles


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 Greek & Syrian camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850's U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert. To the south 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 Cnyon, a tight gorge and home of Arizona's only native palms, reached by a steep but rewarding climb. Farther south is Castle Dome Peak. There are many points of interest 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 with water-feature and skateboard park, ball field, volleyball and basketball, playgrounds, horse-shoe pits, and remote control flying site; Celia's Rainbow Gardens, a senior citizens' hall, recreation centers, a public library and museum, one 27-hole par 3 desert golf course.


Government and Medical Services

Quartzsite includes fully-staffed  local Fire and Police Departments. The town has three medical centers with year-round ambulance services, pharmacy and medevac heliport.

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