Quartzsite, Arizona (Yuma County)

Last Updated: 01/09/2022
4.3 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Polaris
The southwestern Arizona mining camp of Polaris sprung up in the early 1900s to support the large North Star Mine. By June of 1909, the town had its own post office and a peak population of nearly 2,000. The North Star Mine had two primary shafts tracking quarts veins rich in gold ore. The mine operated its own stamp mills to process the ore and used cyanide to extract the gold from the crushed ore. By 1914 the mine had slowed its operations, the town shrank, and the post office was discontinued. Today one lone building stands where the town once was and the impressive remnants of the mine loom up the mountainside. The mine is on private property, but visitation is allowed. Always be careful around old mines. Look up and to the right of the mine along the ridgeline and see if you can spot the natural arch.


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1. King Road - Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is at Intersection 65 and Waypoint 9 of King Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Quartzsite, Arizona

Proceed south on US 96 for 27.9 miles to the well-signed King Road on your left. Follow King Road 22.66 miles to the trailhead.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Can you sleep inside the white building at Polaris?
–Marc Nitz (02/26/2021)
–Wade May (02/27/2021)

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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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