Founded in 1904, the town of Salome is located in La Paz County just about 60 miles southeast of Parker, Arizona. Salome is in the western portion of McMullen Valley Basin, surrounded by the long time ago forged Harquahala and Harcuvar Mountains. Little more than a wide spot in the road, the population has been known to swell to 5,000 during winter months (by some local estimates).
Tri-valley Medical Clinic is located right across from the Pilots Lounge and includes a helicopter pad. Two local restaurants, two stores, two gas stations, three auto-shops, three motels, and one "Shopping Center," all located within a five mile radius of the airpark.
Salome has a rich history. There are several movies about Salome and many books written about our great Sonoran Desert along with many other interesting books written about the Arizona area. An author friend lives nearby who has two books published. The stories take place here in Arizona. "Shadows in Jerome" and "The Outdweller," by Curtis D. Vick. These books will give you some of the history of Arizona. Available at Author house, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
There are many local mine claims in the area and some are actively operational. Mining equipment and supplies are usually available for purchase in Quartzsite, Arizona (35 miles west of Salome), at the QIA's Gold Show usually scheduled in January or February of every year. The QIA also hosts concerts and hosts an off-road meet and greet to learn about exploring the Outback. More information may be found on their website in the QIA link above.
While there is no local trash pick-up, there is a free local county landfill disposal and recycle site for Salome residents at the end of 68th Street North. Whether refrigerator, tires, household garbage, yard trimmings, old furniture, etc. disposal is free (check during operation hours with the disposal person always on-site for limits and exceptions).
Winter Hours: October 1st -March 31st
Open: Sunday -Tuesday 7:30 am -2:30 pm
Summer Hours: April 1st - September 30th
Open: Sunday - Tuesday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Always subject to change due to weather conditions and such. La Paz County Waste Transfer Stations
DO NOT DUMP TRASH IN OUR DESERT!!! PLEASE ALWAYS USE THE FREE DISPOSAL SITES.
Our Centennial Library is more than just a place to check out books. During the Winter Season, it's also our Community Center with weekly scheduled luncheons, Annual Events and a local fundraising central hub generating funds for our local community members. The annual Auction Fundraiser (usually in February) with its own Auctioneer is usually sold out, so purchase tickets early.