LTVAs To Open As Normal This Season

Great news per the Facebook page of the Bureau of Land Management – Arizona:

“The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is planning to offer normal services and facilities at the Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) for the upcoming winter season. The LTVA season will begin on schedule on September 15. The four La Posa LTVAs near Quartzsite (La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash), and the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma are a popular winter tradition for the visiting public. We need everyone to do their part to ensure a successful LTVA season.

BLM staff will continue monitoring COVID-19 guidelines from state and local health officials, and we will adjust operations as needed to comply with those guidelines.
While we plan to maintain facilities and services as we do each year, LTVA visitors can be best prepared by bringing their own sanitation supplies such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We remind our visitors to follow the CDC’s guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.
We continue to keep most BLM public lands in Arizona accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing the public to have a place to be socially distant, together. We appreciate our visitors’ cooperation in making this winter’s LTVA season a successful one.
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New Quartzsite Shirts and Phone Grip Available

Through our partnership with, we now have shirts in various styles and phone grips available for purchase and are working on more. This shirt comes in many color choices and shows a red and white group of different RVs circling the Q in friendship. See our Better In The Desert Q shirts too! If you love Quartzsite as much as we do, you should BUY NOW! See RV Quartzsite Apparel.

Q Better In The Desert Tshirt
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2020-2021 Announcements

We have two announcements for you today!

– At this time, the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, & RV Show is still scheduled to be held Jan 16th thru the 24th, 2021. Of course, there is still a lot of time between now and then so it may be cancelled or modified at any time due to Covid. No one can say for sure what will happen in January and please be aware of the limited hospital facilities in that area. The show producers are working on changes to make the show safer for everyone and we will let you know as the show date nears. For more info see

– A major upgrade is required for our website server so before we start updating information on the site, we will be taking it down for maintenance. We cannot provide an exact time it is going offline or when it will be back. There will likely be some glitches for a short time after it comes back as we upgrade the various software used to provide this site. We will let you know when it is back and then begin the process of updating show times as they become available.

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Ice Skating and Remembering An Icon

This week ice skating opens up for the season at the London Bridge Resort. While I may be too old for shoveling snow up North these days, I do still miss skating on the local pond every winter. But in the desert?! Thank you London Bridge Resort!

Sunday will be a good day to remember a local legend, Paul Winer aka The Naked Guy. He was a wonderfully talented musician and fun to spring on newbies to Quartzsite. We miss him. If you miss the memorial be sure to drop by the memorial park named after his daughter, Celia’s Rainbow Garden, and think of him.

Ice Skating at the London Bridge
November 23, 2019 – January 6, 2020 London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City

Paul Winer Memorial
November 24, 2019 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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Aloha Havasu Weekend

While much of the country has been blasted into freezing temperatures, Quartzsite will be enjoying lovely temps in the 80s this week with nightly lows in the 50s for excellent sleeping. The weather will be perfect this weekend for lots of beach and water fun on Lake Havasu at the Annual Sand, Water, & RV Expo. They will be hosting the Southwest’s biggest motorsports and outdoor recreation show. The cost is only $5 whether you just want to browse and dream or are looking for a new toy to play with.

If you have never been to a Hawaiian Luau, you will get your chance on Saturday Lake Havasu City courtesy of the United Way. There will be Hawaiian music and dancers, a fire show, dinner, dancing, limbo, contests, a raffle, silent auction, and more. Tickets are available online and cost $5 more at the door. I have been to one in Hawaii and it was amazing! The price for this one is actually less than what I paid and a great deal. Aloha!

Hawaiian Luau


Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo
November 16, 2019 – November 17, 2019 Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 3&4 (Windsor Beach) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm $5

River Cities United Way Hawaiian Luau
November 16, 2019 The Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1000 McCulloch Blvd N., Lake Havasu City 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm $45-$50

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Colorado River The Place To Be This Weekend

Despite the cooler temps this week, Saturday is expected to be sunny and 79 degrees, perfect weather for racing on the water and eating chili. The schedule this weekend leaves plenty of time to do both! The race will start at the River Lodge Resort at 675 Parker Dam Rd in Parker Dam, CA and end at the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, AZ. If your mother was like mine and never let you say naughty words, now is a great time to holler dam dam dam and get away with it!

In the afternoon, there will be a chili cook off at La Paz County Park for some dam (sorry Mom!) fine tasting and eating.

Another Dam Race-Paddle Board & Outrigger Race
November 2, 2019 River Lodge Resort to Blue Water Resort & Casino 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Annual Colorado River Chili Cook Off & Bloody Mary Mix Off
November 2, 2019 La Paz County Park, Parker, AZ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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London Bridge Quacking Up

It’s that time of year when the days are still a bit hot but the nights are cool and you find you need two outfits a day to wear. At least it is better than hot hot hot all day AND night and it gives you a good excuse to snuggle up to your honey.

This week kicks off London Bridge Days in Lake Havasu City with a fun parade of marching bands, beautiful floats, and local celebrities.  The annual Duck Derby under the bridge will also be run. While you are up there, why not checkout The Lab haunted house or the 1st Annual Haunted House at The Shops at Lake Havasu. 

If you are staying in Quartzsite, they will be having their own haunted house and party at the Community Center on Thursday.


The Lab
October 2019 – November 2, 2019 Click link for info and times $10

1st Annual Haunted House at The Shops at Lake Havasu
October 2019 5pm-10pm The Shops at Lake Havasu Ste. 714 Click link for days and times. FREE

Annual London Bridge Days Parade
October 26th, 2019 Downtown Havasu District (Main Street) 10:00am – 12:30pm

Halloween Haunted House & Party
October 26th, 2019 Quartzsite Community Center & Library 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Duck Derby Races
October 27th, 2019 Under the London Bridge, 422 English Village, Lake Havasu City 11:00 am – 12:00 pm $5

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Classic Cars Roar Into Havasu

For those not in Quartzsite yet, two semis caught fire at the Pilot station on October 8th causing Main street to close in the area for a short time. Both vehicles appear to be a total loss and the station suffered some damage but no one was hurt. Main St. is now open as is the station and the McDonald’s next door. 

One of the biggest car shows in the southwest started today in Lake Havasu City. Last year there were over 700 classic cars and trucks to view. The show will continue through Sunday.

Friday starts the Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter Autumn (domestic violence) Awareness Festival with food, fun, and dancing. Free tickets available at CRRCS office and the Parker Chamber of Commerce or $10 at the gate. Music starts at 7pm. No outside food or drinks allowed.


42nd Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
October 16th, 2019 @ 9:00am – October 20th, 2019 @ 10:00am Bridgewater Links,  London Bridge Resort
1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City $10

CRRCS Autumn Awareness Festival
October 18, 2019 Western Park, Parker, AZ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM MST

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Reggae Anyone?

Hope you all are getting out there and checking out all the venues that are now open for the season. If you’re hungry, Barbi’s Place is getting great reviews and Mountain Quail Cafe has always been pretty good. Of course, Silly Al’s is still a top runner with EXCELLENT pizza! You may also want to try out the Grubstake Bar & Grill which has been spruced up a bit or the new Fair Time Foods located at the former Stagecoach Restaurant at 904 W. Main St. Choices, choices. Now I’m hungry too!

This week’s fun is in Havasu at the Tribal Vibes Reggae Fest. Admission is $15/$10 with any tribal ID. Be sure to bring chairs or blankets as this is festival seating. No food or drink may be brought in but both will be available on site.


Tribal Vibes Reggae Fest
October 12th, 2019 Havasu Landing Resort & Casino 1 Main St Havasu Lake 5:00pm – 10:00pm $15

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Let The Fun Begin!

It’s still hot out but the winter snowbird season has begun.  The BLM Long Term Visitor Areas are open for business at the winter rate and campers will be trickling in more and more as the temps cool down later this month.  Many more sales venues are now open for your shopping pleasure. If you happen to be camping near Lake Havasu City today, the Octoberfest Pineapple Race is tonight from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. You can also catch the Thai Airways World Finals jet ski racing starting this Saturday for a week.


Hi Ali Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020  120 West Cowell Street

Good Ground Trading Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020

Liquidator Depot Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020

Main Street Gem & Mineral Swapmeet
October, 2019 – March, 2020

Fish Fry Friday
October, 2019 – March, 2020 Fridays VFW 120 S. Palo Verde, Quartzsite, AZ

Tyson Wells Market Center Swapmeet
October 2019 – March 2020 121 W. Kuehn St.

Rice Ranch “Yawl Come” Show
October 2019 – March 2020 55 E. Kuehn St.

Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
October 2019 – March 2020 50 E. Kuehn St.

Annual Octoberfest Pineapple Race
October 03, 2019 London Bridge Beach, 1340 McCulloch Blvd N 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

IJSBA 2019 Thai Airways World Finals – Jet Ski extreme sports
October 5th, 2019 – October 13th, 2019 Crazy Horse Campgrounds, 1534 Beachcomber Blvd., Lake Havasu City

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