Quirky Quartzsite, Arizona: What You Need to Know

A Guide to Visiting "The Rock Capital of the World"

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Pass through the small hamlet of Quartzsite, Arizona, in the summer, and you may think nothing happens in this flat desert town. But come winter, the entire area bustles with activity—and not just from tumbleweeds.

During the two months, RVers come by the thousands to camp (called "boondocking" here) in the temperate if fairly primitive desert conditions. Yet, there's another reason people descend in droves during the winter: a love of geology.

Quartzsite, with its unusual concentration of collectible gems, minerals, and precious metals, has been a rock hound's paradise since the 1960s. It swells in population each winter thanks to more than 1 million visitors, most of whom converge on the small town in a wave of RVs during January and February. The Desert USA website explains the draw:

“Eight major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors and enthusiasts.”

Located in the Sonoran Desert of western Arizona, Quartzsite sits just 18 miles east of the Colorado River on Interstate 10. The 125-mile trip takes about two hours from Phoenix; the town is also easy to reach from Los Angeles in under five hours by car.

The annual show season runs from October through April, though the main events take place in January and February. If you like gems and minerals, hit the sales during the big “rock hound” events when you can find collectible geodes, crystals, and even fossilized bones from around the globe. Antique hunters score at the swap meets, and you can find unusual handmade items and one-of-a-kind jewelry at the nearly constant craft shows. Add in a mix of classic car shows, chili cook-offs, and  RV shows and sales , and Crazy Quartzsite keeps your social calendar full.

Check the  Quartzsite calendar  so you can come during the events that most interest you. Grab a copy of  The Desert Star  newspaper when you get to town for more up-to-date news and ads.

How does a town in the Sonoran Desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest body of water, gain the largest yacht-club membership in the world? Back in the 1970s, Al Madden opened the Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar & Grill and started selling memberships as a joke. By 2010, more than 10,000 people representing every state and numerous countries around the world had become card-carrying members of the Quartzsite Yacht Club.

What to Expect

Be prepared for traffic during the height of the season; I-10 frequently gets backed up in January and February.

It’s dusty out there in the desert, and most shopping takes place outdoors in makeshift tents along rows of RVs. The wind can pick up or a rainstorm can move in suddenly, so be prepared with a jacket, sturdy outdoor clothes, and walking shoes. 

If you're not prepared to bed down in an RV, a handful of chain hotels operate in Quartzsite. You can also stay on the west side of Phoenix and venture into Quartzsite as a day trip.

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Quartzsite AZ: Visiting this Quirky Desert Town

Written by elizabeth rose, arizona | destinations | outdoor travel | road trips | travel.

Out in the middle of nowhere—between Phoenix and the California border—you’ll find a quirky little desert town named Quartzsite. The town is filled with quirky:

  • The population of 3,700 swells to two million each winter
  • One of the main attractions in Quartzsite is a little cemetery with a monument to a Syrian camel driver
  • People come from near and far to check out the annual swap meet full of rocks, minerals, and oddities
  • Folks gladly put down $49.99 for a yacht club membership, even though there are no boats in the middle of the desert
  • More recently, the little desert town figures prominently in the Academy-award-winning movie, Nomadland ?

Quartzsite, AZ is just off I-10 about two hours west of Phoenix, and it’s now famous. Here are some of my favorite things about the quirky desert town of Quartzsite, AZ.

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Quartzsite, the crazy place in the middle of nowhere on the way to somewhere. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

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Quartzsite AZ and Nomadland Sites

Quartzsite entrepreneurs are gearing up for the 2021-2022 winter season. They have crazy ideas for Nomadland souvenirs. Vendors are preparing for an influx of visitors who are interested in visiting places where Nomadland , the award-winning saga, was filmed.

Nomadland , starring Frances McDormand and based on the book by Jessica Bruder , chronicles the wanderings of Fern, a 61-year-old widow who loses everything during a recession. She decides to live in a van, hit the road, and eventually join with a group of like-minded nomads who camp in the Arizona desert. This is where Quartzsite plays an important part.

Nomadland Quartzsite

If you watched Nomadland, you’ll definitely want to stop for a visit to see the quirky little desert town that was featured in the film.

In the movie, Fern joins an annual gathering of nomads—the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous—in the Quartzsite area desert south of I-10. The tribal gathering is run by Bob Wells, who lives in a van, runs the blog Cheap RV Living , and plays himself in the film. The nomads learn techniques on how to “boondock (camp for free),” and dry camp including how to use a bucket for a bathroom. In the winter, you’ll encounter all types of campers out in the desert surrounding Quartzsite.

One evening, the group heads into town and whoops it up at the Quartzsite Yacht Club (Open seasonally at 1090 W. Main Street) enjoying an evening of line dancing, pool, and brews. After the gathering, Fern decides to stay awhile in Quartzsite and picks up a job working at one of the many gem and mineral shows that pop up during the winter.

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The Quartzsite Yacht Club, scene of the nomad’s foray into local nightlife. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Nomadland Characters

In the film, Fern is seen listening to a piano performance by Paul Winer, the owner of Reader’s Oasis Books (Open year-round at 690 E. Main Street). Winer, who died in his sleep in 2019 after battling cancer, was notorious as he preferred to wear as little as possible (well, often just a pouch over his privates), and was dubbed the “naked bookseller.”

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Quartzsite Cemetery and Hi Jolly Monument

Before Nomadland, one of the main year-round attractions in Quartzsite AZ was the local cemetery. But this is not your average cemetery. In the middle is a large pyramid constructed of layers of local rocks with an impressive plaque placed in 1935 by the Arizona Highway Department. And on top of the tomb is an iron camel. This is the tomb of “Hi Jolly,” a man so important that Quartzsite holds an annual Hi Jolly event to honor this man. But who was Hi Jolly?

Quartzsite Cemetery and Hi Jolly Monument

What does a pyramid and a camel have to do with Arizona desert history? Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Hi Jolly wasn’t really this man’s name. In fact, he was born Philip Tedro in Syria and was part Greek. At one point he converted to Islam and took the name Hadji Ali after his pilgrimage to Mecca. Ali, a camel breeder and driver, emigrated to the United States as part of a U.S. Cavalry experiment in the 1850s using camels for transporting goods in the desert. The closest the Americans could get to pronouncing his name was “Hi Jolly” and that name stuck.

US Cavalry Camel Corps

Ultimately the “Camel Corps” was disbanded, partially because the smaller animals, like burros, were terrified of the large creatures and partially because funding dried up due to the impending Civil War. Hi Jolly kept some of the camels and remained in the area. He did some prospecting, hauled freight, and served as a scout.

Hi Jolly died in December of 1902 and remains the subject of folk tales to this day. Some of the camels were spotted in the desert as late as 1942. You can visit his tomb in the pioneer section of the town cemetery located just off Main Street on W Elsie Ln and Hi Jolly Lane. There is a sign at the turn-off. It’s a peaceful place with fascinating grave markers and a nice mountain view.

Hi Jolly Tomb

Originally from “somewhere in Syria,” Hi Jolly spent his golden years in the Quartzsite area. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

If you are in town in mid-January, check on the date for the Hi Jolly Daze Parade. It’s a big event and you may even see a real camel marching along.

Rock and Mineral Shows and Swap Meets

A major draw for visitors each winter is the huge sales events featuring rocks and minerals, flea market finds, antiques, and even an immense RV show and sale . In general, events and sales run October through March annually, which coincides with the influx of snowbirds and bargain hunters. Watch the Chamber of Commerce website for dates of special events . Or pick up a copy of the Desert Messenger newspaper when you get into town.

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My friends from the Pacific Northwest forgot hats but fortunately, there was a vendor selling the perfect solution. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

When the major swap meets and rock and mineral shows run, you will find that the traffic on I-10’s Quartzsite AZ exits back up.  So, it’s ideal to go early. Don a custom hat and wear sunscreen as much of the fun is outdoors. And wear comfortable walking shoes.

There will be steel drums overflowing with minerals from all over the world, fossils, arts and crafts, and quirky things like tipi’s, animal skins, garden sculptures, and more. There’s Navajo jewelry, petrified wood, hand-made items for your home, and, well…. just about anything you can imagine.

Swap Meet Quartzsite

You never know what you’ll find when you walk the rows upon rows of vendors. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

While there are rock shops year-round in Quartzsite AZ, the winter shows attract vendors from all over the world. Right after the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows end, you’ll often find new vendors arriving in Quartzsite after they pack up their goods and leave Tucson.

Quartzsite Gems and Minerals

There are both small and large specimens for sale at the Quartzsite shows. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Quartzsite Yacht Club

The Quartzsite Yacht Club has been a phenomenon for years. Now, this is really quirky. The Quartzsite Yacht Club has more members than any yacht club in the world and—there is no water nearby! Back in the 1970s, Al Madden opened the Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar & Grill and started selling memberships as a joke. By 2010, more than 10,000 people representing every state and numerous countries around the world had become card-carrying members of the Quartzsite Yacht Club. And, some faraway yacht clubs have even offered free entry to their cushy amenities in reciprocity for the Quartzsite card-carrying members. After all, when you join for $49.99, you get a membership card, certificate, and snazzy sailing t-shirt.

Quartzsite Yacht Club

After a long day of shopping, the beer and burgers at the Quartzsite Yacht Club provided a welcome break. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

RV Camping in Quartzsite AZ

There are well over 50 RV parks in Quartzsite. While they are not necessarily fancy, they offer amenities that the desert dry campers won’t have. Plus, many are within a walkable distance from shopping and restaurants.

Many people camp out in the desert at the BLM’s La Posa Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA). To camp on the 11,400 acres, your vehicle must be 100% self-contained for waste and gray water. And, during the winter crush, it’s not free.

According to the Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce, LTVA requires a Special Recreation Permit between September 15 and April 15. The LTVA allows camping between April 16 and September 14 at no cost, but the standard 14-day limit applies. Fees are $180 for long-term permits valid for 7 months. They are $40 short-term permits valid for 1 to 14 consecutive days. The minimum fee for camping is the $40 permit which can be renewed by paying another $40.

During the off-season, the standard BLM camping regulations and 14-day limit with no fee rules apply. The permits are valid in any of the six LTVAs in California or two LTVAs in Arizona. You can purchase permits from the Bureau of Land Management Yuma Field Office or on-site from the LTVA host during the winter season.

There are also areas a bit further away from the four-corner intersection of Quartzsite.  You can get current information and driving directions at the BLM site.

There are many blogs and organization websites that give good advice and information to people new to RV camping in Quartzsite. Online you can find maps and information along with campground reviews and photos.

Outdoor Rock Shop Quartzsite

Watch event calendars for the big shows in Quartzsite. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Off-Road Vehicle Trails Near Quartzsite AZ

The Arizona Peace Trail , a 750-mile Off-Road Vehicle (OHV) approved trail, draws OHV enthusiasts who enjoy exploring out in the desert around Quartzsite and as far away as Yuma and Bullhead City.

In addition, the area has more than 1,000 miles of BLM OHV-approved trails. Jeep trails are shown on an interactive map at the Jeep USA site . Be sure to check out more of our road trips on Wander, along with ideas for more fun things to see and do when you visit the Southwestern USA.

Out in the middle of nowhere—between Phoenix and the California border—you’ll find a quirky little desert town named Quartzsite, AZ. The little desert town figures prominently in the Academy-award-winning movie, Nomadland.

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1090 W Main St, Quartzsite , Arizona 85346 USA

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Exploring the supernatural and other stories to keep you awake at night., weird arizona: quartzsite yacht club.

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Quartzsite Yacht Club Sign

Deep in the Sonoran Desert, close to the Arizona/California border just off of I-10 is where you’ll find a little town called Quartzsite. You might be left scratching your head after hearing that this town actually has its own, officially recognized, yacht club even though the closest body of water is several hundred miles away. Yes, that’s right– it’s official. And, guess what? I’m actually a card carrying member.

I had read about the Quartzsite Yacht Club in Weird Arizona , a book in the ongoing series of books by Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran which highlights some of the more quirky aspects of the United States– the same book series we’re spotlighting this month here at Witching Hour . Up until I read that book, I’d never heard of the Quartzsite Yacht Club and I’ve lived in Arizona for nearly all my life. Upon reading the story, I immediately decided that, on my next road-trip to California, I would join the Quartzsite Yacht Club. That goal was made a reality in October 2010.

Quartzsite Yacht Club

Quartzsite Yacht Club

I still remember the excitement as we exited the freeway in Quartzsite. This was not the first time I’d stopped here– I actually like to gas up in Quartzsite because it’s the last town you can stop and buy the cheap Arizona gas before crossing state lines and paying about a dollar-fifty more per gallon. This time was different, though because of the long anticipated thrill of joining a yacht club.

We found the place and my husband pulled into the parking lot, which is the same lot for another attraction from the book– the Last Camp of Hi Jolly . (And even though we were RIGHT THERE… I didn’t go see that because my husband wanted to get back on the road. Grrrr.) It was shortly after 10 am and the Quartzsite Yacht Club had just opened. We walked in and the place was nearly empty. The air smelled of oranges. A friendly voice called out to us to pick a seat anywhere. The weather was nice, so we selected a table outside and perused the menus. We ate a tasty lunch of fish and chips— best I’ve had in a long time. When we told our waitress that we also wanted to join the Yacht Club, she bubbled with excitement and told us tales of how she’s used her membership to get entry via reciprocity to other yacht clubs in the country.

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Our Quartzsite Yacht Club Membership Cards

Membership only costs $25 a person, and you get a lot for the price. My husband and I both got tee-shirts. We also got to choose either a burgee (a flag) or a hat. Plus, we got membership packets which included membership cards, information about the club as well as certificates we could frame and hang on the wall at home. It was so awesome!

As we pulled away from the Yacht Club, I couldn’t help but smile… for a couple 100 miles… as I took a quick snapshot of our membership cards and sent them to family and friends.

I’ll bet you’re wondering how a restaurant in the desert got its own Yacht Club. The Quartzsite Yacht Club story begins in the 1970’s when a man named Al Madden bought an old beer bar in Quartzsite. Madden, armed with his sense of humor, decided to change the name of the establishment from “The JIGSAW” to “The Yacht Club”. He even came up with a catchy motto— Long time no sea! To start his business, Madden began to sell yacht club memberships to qualified visitors (in those days, it cost $10 to qualify). Soon Madden was a Commodore of his own fleet.

Quartzsite Yacht Club Swag

Quartzsite Yacht Club Swag

In 1995, the original Yacht Club was destroyed in an electrical fire. Al rebuilt the place, but passed away shortly after it reopened. Though, his legacy survives. In fact, Al Madden’s legacy is chronicled in a book called Weird Arizona .

If you’re interested in joining the Quartzsite Yacht Club, I recommend it. Even if you never use the membership to get into another club that does reciprocity, you still can enjoy the swag.

Quartzsite Yacht Club Homepage: http://www.quartzsiteyachtclub.com/

Weird Arizona Source: Treat, Wesley. “Weird Arizona: Your Travel Guide to Arizona’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets”. Ed. Sceurman, Mark and Moran, Mark. New York: SSterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2007, pp 130-132.

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That’s awesome! Next time I’m out the way I’m going to stop there.

If you don’t want to wait, you can call them and join the club that way– the number is on their website. They’ll mail you all the goodies. =)

Wow, love the swag of goodies 😀

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Quartzsite, Arizona, made famous by Oscar-winner 'Nomadland,' readies for new tourists

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It was the day after "Nomadland,” partly filmed in Quartzsite, Ariz., won the Academy Award for Best Picture. But the owner of a rock shop and gift store was readying a sign advertising another Quartzsite claim to fame: Home of the world’s largest belt buckle.

“I’m going to pull these guys off the freeway,” said Phil Bates, owner of the Main Trading Post on Monday as he readied the roadside sign, advertising the four-by-eight foot buckle.

One of Quartzsite’s industries has indeed been inducing drivers along Interstate 10 to turn off into the town for gas and food.

Quartzsite also hosts internationally-known rock and mineral shows and has shops that sell gems year-round.

But its other lifeblood is winter visitors. Both people with tricked-out RVs take a designated space in one of the town's many proper RV parks. As well as people who find space out in the surrounding desert. 

Where Fern lived in 'Nomadland'

It was the latter that was depicted in Nomadland . Francis McDormand won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Fern, a widow who moves from a company town where the company has closed. She turns her van into her house and begins her nomadic life in Quartzsite, a small town in the desert of western Arizona.

It is not entirely clear whether the Best Picture win will translate into more tourists deciding to make a pit stop in Quartzsite. But Bates said he plans to be ready to sell "Nomadland"-related T-shirts and tchotchkes to any of the newly curious.

“I saw that it won,” he said, “It was like, son of a gun, that movie really took off.”

The Quartzsite Yacht Club

The filming of the movie, in late 2018, did not seem to draw much attention from residents, nor disrupt daily activities. Most of McDormand’s scenes were filmed where the nomadic travelers camp, in the desert south of Interstate 10. The town proper lies north of the freeway, though two Quartzsite businesses are shown in the film.

In one scene, McDormand dances with co-star David Strathairn inside the Quartzsite Yacht Club, a bar and grill on Main Street that features live music when it’s open.

Those wanting to visit the Quartzsite Yacht Club, however, will have to wait until at least October. The bar closed for the season in February, a bit early because of staffing issues, according to its Facebook page.

MeMe Selleck, the Yacht Club's owner since 2015, said the bar will reopen in October along with what she anticipates will be "Nomadland" merchandise for sale. She no doubt will sell more memberships to the Quartzsite Yacht Club, each priced at $49.99.

The bar is at the center of a landlord-tenant dispute that has been scheduled for trial in La Paz County Superior Court in July, court records show. But Selleck didn't expect that to alter her business.

Donald Miller, who sings his "Quartzsite Vendor Blues" in the film, will be back at the club, Selleck said.

"With the movie and the big hype, I've been getting a lot of messages," Selleck said. "I think it will be a positive for everybody in this town."

A sad piano song at Reader's Oasis

In the movie, McDormand also takes in a performance by Paul Winer, who plays a melancholy boogie-woogie piano song paying tribute to dead friends. That piano sits in a small music hall adjoining the Reader’s Oasis bookstore, also along Main Street.

A location scout for the film heard Winer’s playing and sent a video to the film’s director, Chloé Zhao, who decided to include him in the film, said Joanne Winer, Paul’s wife.

In the scene at the piano, Winer offers a musical toast to, as he sings it, "the friends who had to depart. The friends in our heart," concluding, "Help me smile away the tears." 

Winer died in November at 75 after an illness that started to hit him around the time of filming, Joanne Winer said. Paul Winer didn’t get to see himself in the movie, but he figured he would make the final cut after he received a check for $1,000, Joanne Winer said. She also received an advance royalty check of another $1,000 as Winer’s song, “Next To The Track Blues,” was put on the film’s soundtrack.

Paul Winer earned the nickname “The Naked Bookseller” because he would be naked much of the time. Though, Joanne Winer said, he didn’t have to be told that the filmmakers would want him clothed for his piano performance in the movie.

Joanne Winer said she’s hoping for a “Nomadland” bump in business. She said that with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping away tourists this winter, particularly Canadians, her business is off 80% compared to last year. 

Much of her business, she said, comes from tourists who want to pick up a book as a souvenir, rather than a T-shirt. 

Desert dwellers and the all-important bucket

The nomads who camp in the desert form their own community during the winter months, said Mark Goldberg, who runs a Quartzsite Off-Road, an atlas of interesting sites that can be viewed by users of all-terrain vehicles.

Goldberg also helps organize volunteer groups that clean up after what he called the small percentage of desert dwellers who leave waste behind.

Though the movie famously describes the merits of different sizes of plastic buckets to be used as toilets, Goldberg said the film didn’t show proper disposal techniques. That would involve either a pit toilet on Bureau of Land Management land or a solid waste facility in Quartzsite.

“We want to maintain the quality of what we have,” he said, “the beauty of the desert.”

Most of the seasonal Quartzsite visitors, both the nomads and the RV dwellers, have begun packing up, fleeing to cooler climes as summer approaches, said Lynda Goldberg, a member of the Quartzsite Town Council. Mark Goldberg is her husband.

During the summer, motorists stop for fuel, food and, from the town's perspective, hopefully, a keepsake of some sort.

The winter visitors begin returning in October. Some hold out until after Thanksgiving. Tourist traffic picks up in January when the gem shows start.

Goldberg said that she expects to see a few more long-term visitors next fall and winter as a result of the movie. “I don’t think it’s going to be a huge, huge amount, but I do think that we will absolutely have some curious people,” she said.

In April, the town council passed a proclamation to show its formal appreciation for the "national and international recognition" the movie brought to Quartzsite, its businesses and residents.

Goldberg thinks more motorists will pull off of Interstate 10, just to get a brief peek at the place where the movie was filmed. She said she expected the gift shops that line Main Street to soon start featuring “Nomadland”-related items.

One possibility she thought about was a five-gallon bucket. To be used as a novelty, not a necessity.

“I can see white buckets with Quartzsite on them,” she said. “You darn well know that’s coming.”

Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant, Bar & Grill

$5.00
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$6.50
with Marinara sauce$9.50
$2.50
$11.00
(Homemade) $13.00
$11.00
$12.00
(6 pieces)$10.50
(6 pieces) – choice of Buffalo, BBQ, Peanut, Sweet Chili, Teriyaki, Naked, Garlic & Parmesan$10.50


CHEESE, SOUR CREAM or SALSA

 

indicates (When Available)

$1.00

Salads & Sides


$6.00

$16.00

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Fish & Chips


 

 

 

 

$10.99
$14.99
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$15.00
(5 pieces with French Fries and Coleslaw)$14.00

Extra Tartar Sauce
Cole Slaw
Cocktail Sauce

indicates (When Available)

$1.00
$3.50
$1.00
(fountain) – includes one refill$3.00
(can) – no refills$3.00
$4.50
$4.50
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$2.50
$3.00
$3.50
$2.50
$2.50

$8.00

$7.00

SMALL SIDE SALAD   $3.00               ONION RINGS   $3.50
$99.99

$13.00

$13.75

$14.00

$15.00

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$14.00

$16.00

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Big O's Smokin' BBQ


SMALL SIDE SALAD   $3.00          FRENCH FRIES   $2.75          ONION RINGS   $3.50
$19.99
$12.50
$16.00
$16.00

indicates (When Available)

GRATUITY :  18% gratuity is added for parties of 6 or more. CONSUMER ADVISORY NOTICE :  The Health Department has issued a notice that human consumption of meats, eggs, and poultry products not fully cooked may carry potential health hazards.

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Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant, Bar & Grill 1090 W Main St, Quartzsite, AZ, 85346, Ph: ( 928) 927-6331

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Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar

Hours : 1090 W Main St, Quartzsite (928) 927-6331

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If you are going there for dancing and drinks, then this is a good spot for you. Eat dinner before you get there because the availability is greasy bar food and it is not very appetizing. And the servers are not very friendly.

Food was good, waitress was nice. She even got us a new table away from the speakers as it was karaoke night. Parking: Plenty of free parking Wheelchair accessibility: Wheel chair can go in any door.

The food has been consistently good for the past 3 or 4 years. Pricing can seem steep without considering entertainment and dance floor that is always active. Also the rest of the town is as expensive or more. The burgers are charbroiled, salads are made with premium mix (ie carrots, red cabbage, romain). The fish and chips have options from 1,2 or 3 pieces, including a sandwich. The waitresses have remained and are always nice and have never messed up any of our orders or drinks.... read full review

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Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar Menu

Monday12 - 9PM
Tuesday12 - 9PM
Wednesday12 - 11PM
Thursday12 - 11PM
Friday12 - 11PM
Saturday12 - 11PM
Sunday12 - 8PM

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Tasty fish & chips , cod and ribs will impress you at the first bite. Most likely, you'll come back to this bar later to order delicious beer or good liqueur . After a long working week, you can taste great ice tea .

Choose between indoor and outdoor seating. The high ratings of Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar wouldn't be possible without the creative staff. Cool service is something visitors like here. This place offers you food at democratic prices. The terrific decor and nice atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. This spot is rated on Google 4.2 by its guests.

Best in the city This award is based on the analysis of multiple factors, including reviews, ratings, and user engagement trends on Restaurant Guru.

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SundaySun 12PM-8PM
MondayMon 12PM-9PM
TuesdayTue 12PM-9PM
WednesdayWed 12PM-11PM
ThursdayThu 12PM-11PM
FridayFri 12PM-11PM
SaturdaySat 12PM-11PM

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Bar Food Available: yes
Restaurant: no
Children Allowed: All areas
Dogs Allowed: no
Garden: no
Accommodation: no
Beer brewed on site: no
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General comments:
There is a motel also that has a Yacht that you can sleep in.

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  1. Our Story

    for the Quartzsite Yacht Club, Restaurant, Bar & Grill …. It all began with 'Commodore' Al Madden (1919-1996) Al Madden, who had an investment company in California, worked on a gold mine venture for clients in Quartzite, Arizona during the 1970's. Although this business venture was not successful, Al spent a lot of time in Quartzite ...

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    Quartzsite Yacht Club Bar and Grill. Unclaimed. Review. 81 reviews. #1 of 1 Bars & Pubs in Quartzsite $$ - $$$, American, Bar. 1070 W Main, Quartzsite, AZ. +1 928-927-6331 + Add website.

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    Back in the 1970s, Al Madden opened the Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar & Grill and started selling memberships as a joke. By 2010, more than 10,000 people representing every state and numerous countries around the world had become card-carrying members of the Quartzsite Yacht Club.

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    There are both small and large specimens for sale at the Quartzsite shows. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose. ... The Quartzsite Yacht Club has more members than any yacht club in the world and—there is no water nearby! Back in the 1970s, Al Madden opened the Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar & Grill and started selling memberships as a joke. By ...

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    An oasis in the desert, serving amazing fish and chips and ribs! Came with the least of expectations and thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. Rocking band my night, 4 stars all the way! Read more. View 98 reviews on. Quartzsite Yacht Club is a Bar in Quartzsite. Plan your road trip to Quartzsite Yacht Club in AZ with Roadtrippers.

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  18. Menu

    QUARTZSITE ROLL ‡ $11.00: BACON QUARTZSITE ROLL ‡ $12.00: POTSTICKERS (6 pieces) $10.50: CHICKEN WINGS (6 pieces) - choice of Buffalo, BBQ, Peanut, Sweet Chili, Teriyaki, Naked, Garlic & Parmesan: $10.50: Add CHEESE, SOUR CREAM or SALSA ‡ indicates (When Available) $1.00

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    Started as a joke back in the 70s (a yacht club in the middle of a desert?), the club is a social gathering place with music, a bar&grill, and a motel. Cost to join is $30 per person. Any visitors to the club have the option of joining, and with their membership they receive a t-shirt, a flag, signed certificates for framing, and official ...

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    103 photos. Tasty fish & chips, cod and ribs will impress you at the first bite. Most likely, you'll come back to this bar later to order delicious beer or good liqueur. After a long working week, you can taste great ice tea. Choose between indoor and outdoor seating. The high ratings of Quartzsite Yacht Club Restaurant Bar wouldn't be possible ...

  22. Quartzsite Yacht Club

    To get the ball rolling, Al sold memberships in the Yacht Club to any qualified visitors (in those days you needed $10.00 to qualify), and lo and behold, he became an instant Commodore. Many improvements and additions were added to the Yacht Club, and before long the number of memberships started to grow and grow.