Quartzsite, incorporated in 1989, is sometimes referred to as "A Rockhounder’s Paradise." Tourism is the major economic factor in town. There are over 70 different mobile home and trailer parks in and around the area. These parks fill to capacity during the fall and winter months. People are drawn to town because of the numerous gem, mineral and swap meet shows spread out from October through March. It is estimated that nearly a million visitors flock to Quartzsite each year.