From the bloggers at RV Wheel Life.
Over the past four decades, Quartzsite, Ariz., a former gold mining town in the Mohave Desert, has evolved into the unofficial RV snowbird capital of the southwest. It sits at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and U.S. 95, about 125 miles west of Phoenix and 17 miles east of the Colorado River.
During the winter months, Quartzsite, usually a little over 3,000 souls, swells temporarily to the third largest city in Arizona when tens of thousands of RVers roll into the area and temporarily camp at local RV parks or in adjacent Bureau of Land Management Long Term Visitor Areas.
“People around town estimate there are about one million winter visitors,” said Kym Scott, president of Tyson Wells Enterprises.
“The surge of RVers is a very welcomed sight because snowbirds account for 80 percent of the town’s business.”
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