A Solo Woman’s Guide to Quartzite
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Warm winters. Sunshine. Free camping. Flea markets galore. Rock and gem shows.
What could be better? In the RV world, Quartzite is synonymous with The World Capital of Boondocking. The huge RV community began as a colony of boondockers who dry camped free on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. Then commercial campgrounds sprang up in the surrounding area.
Today’s Quartzite campers can find almost any type of RV service they want, from boondocking to full hookups, and a friendly RV neighbor is always just a shout away.
Melanie Cullen, vice president of operations and marketing at Blue Sky Energy (blueskyenergyinc.com) is an expert in solar energy technology, especially as it applies to RV’s. She is also a Quartzite veteran who first began camping there with her parents. Reporting on what’s there for the solo woman RVer she says, “That partly depends on how you like to camp. There are some RV type ‘parks’ that are mostly just RV’s next to each other nearer town with hookups. There are a few actual nice parks too with some amenities
“Most of us just dry camp out on the BLM lands for a small fee. We stay at the area called Las Posas North, and it is a first-come, first grab your little piece of desert. People are generally friendly, so I can see if you walked by a few circle of rigs or lone ones too, you can strike up conversation and get invited to a campfire.
“Many groups go (to Quartaite) as well, and I can imagine there is one for traveling females alone. If not in a park with attached sewer, but on the BLM or even some of the parks with electrical, you would need to drive to a dump station. They have them in the BLM area and its free or for pay at the RV parks.
“It is easy to ride a bike around the town if camping at Las Posas North or South or one of the local RV parks. There are many swap meets that don’t require a partner to shop with. Often, my husband and I split up as I want to linger ‘way longer than he does in my areas of interest and he lingers in all the tool places. I only linger in the tool places to buy my annual bag of gardening gloves. They are really cheap so I buy a bag of about 20 each year to get me by. I love all the rocks and minerals in the raw and always buy some for my yard each year. There is lots of inexpensive jewelry and also some nice stuff too. A number of places specialize in fossils, whether it is something for display or bowls, plates, sinks, etc made out of polished fossil rock. There are yard items, old junk yard items and I have always maintained that if you can’t find it at Quartzsite, it probably doesn’t exist!
““ There are plenty of nice hiking areas. They’re still desert but pretty in their own way. I wouldn’t recommend a solo anyone going out unless they told someone where they were going. There is a lot of desert without a lot of people and you could get stuck out in the middle of nowhere. I think the single travel, is partly how a person likes to travel and how much they want to meet new people vs. enjoying their own time to themselves. It could certainly work out either way.”
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