Quartzsite is a unique place. It is located in the Arizona desert at the intersection of US 95 and Interstate 10. There is a history of mining in the area around Quartzsite which led to an annual rock and gem show here during the winter. This grew in popularity to the point where more and more people came for the show, particularly in RVs.
Here I parked at the Casa Grande RV Resort. It’s pretty typical of the Arizona resorts that cater to the snowbirds. Casa Grande is located south of Phoenix. When we came through this part of Arizona earlier in 2016, we stayed in Eloy (south of Casa Grande) and in Mesa, AZ, which is east of Phoenix.
This photo doesn’t quite capture the moment, but this is sunrise from the RV park.
Next stop: Quartzsite, AZ
Continuing my journey west, I stopped in Willcox, AZ. While here I parked at the Magic Circle RV Park. Earlier in 2016, we stopped over in Benson, AZ, which is about 30 miles west of Willcox. From Benson we visited, Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns.
We stopped off for three nights to visit here. The park covers 600,000 acres making it one of the largest state parks in the US. The park headquarters is adjacent to the town of Borrego Springs. We parked in the RV section of the Palm Canyon campground.
We checked out the Visitor Center and did some hiking, including a hike up into Palm Canyon which leads to an oasis with a large stand of…you guessed it, palm trees. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a look at the bighorn sheep which are a signature part of the park.
The Atacama desert is a 600 mile strip of land along the Pacific coast stretching from southern Peru through the northern half of Chile. It is the driest desert in the world. The average rainfall is around 0.59 inch per year with some weather stations in the Atacama having never recorded rainfall. However there are some oases that appear here and there. One of these is San Pedro de Atacama (photos).