We spent a few days Boondocking in the Desert of Quartzite on BLM land.
Our first time camping and staying in the big temporary city in the desert.
RVs camped all over the desert…Flea Markets…RV show..Gem Show..
We took a trip to the Desert Bar …with a group of Rvers…
The bar was an hour drive from Quartzite…outside the town of Parker in the middle of what seemed like no where….
Below is the five mile dirt road we took to get to the Bar…
The "Nellie E Saloon" (DESERT BAR)
is situated in the Buckskin Mountains,
in Parker, Arizona, on land that was
an old mining camp
“When Ken acquired the land in 1975, there was nothing left of the old mining camp. With the land and a liquor license from an old business on leased river land, Ken decided to give the "bar in the desert" idea a try. In 1983, Ken opened for business in the temporary three-sided structure which is across from the outdoor restroom's. He
operated there for the next five years, until the current saloon was constructed. The name "Nellie E" originates from the old mining claim. They used to mine copper and then take it to the smelter and get gold.”
Below is a Church….a facade
The church is made of solid steel and the walls and ceiling are made of the same stamped tin used inside the bar and the roof is made of copper. The names inscribed on the plaques in the church are people who donated money to help build the church. The church is a unique place for weddings and a great photo spot. There are no services held in the church and all religions are welcome.
The very limited menu…but then…most people don't come just for the food…and the beer..which is just Domestic beer…
They come for the ambiance…
We left Quartzite a week ago…a short stay because of the weather that was expected ..high winds and heavy rains.
it was a good decision to leave early….We ended up staying a few nights at Picacho Peak …and luckily the winds weren't so bad there…
A friend at Quartzite said his motorhome was rocking in the winds all night…and the washes..filled with rock and water and had to be cleared before RVs could leave the boondocking area..
We are now in Tucson …and will be here thru the end of February…
If you are in the area..give me a shout!