Points of Interest
Native American petroglyphs left by a tribe or tribes unknown adorn the walls of this canyon located near Christmas Tree Pass northwest of Laughlin. The mouth of the pass is located up the western incline behind Laughlin about ten miles outside of town. There is a two mile gravel road leading to the trail head off Hwy 163. The canyon was named for the abundant wild grape plants to be found in the area. A short walk from the parking lot is required to reach the petroglyphs. The markings are fragile and should be respected and not touched.
LAS VEGAS/HOOVER DAM
The bustle of Las Vegas with its 200 plus casinos is 95 miles north of Laughlin via Nevada Hwy 163 to Hwy 95. Hoover Dam can be reached by taking the route to Las Vegas and making the Boulder City turn off just south of Henderson, Nevada; or via Arizona Hwy 68 toward Kingman and then north on Arizona Hwy 93.
1860s mining town four miles off AZ Hwy 93 on Mohave County RD 125 about 17 miles north of junction of Hwy 68 (just north of Kingman). Site of the oldest continuously used post office in the state of Arizona and, at one time, home to 73 functioning mines (the town’s name comes from silver chloride, most abundant item mined there). Old buildings include the historic jail and train depot. Roy Purcell’s murals (at right) located on nearby canyon walls a short drive outside of town (ask locals for directions). Old West gunfights staged high noon every Sat (Sept-June) and 1st and 3rd Sat (July, Aug); info—928-565-2204
COLORADO RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
The museum includes replicas of area landmarks and historical displays…items from earliest inhabitants to the present. Located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River at Davis Camp, 1/4 mile north of the Laughlin Bridge. The museum is open, Sept-May, Tues-Fri (10 a.m.-4 p.m. AZ); closed holidays; donation $2 adult; free ages 12 and under; 928-542-9226 or 928-754-3399; email firstname.lastname@example.org; crhsmuseum.com
Historic gold mining town born in 1906 as a tent camp for miners. Located in the Black Mountains some 18 miles east of Bullhead City (take Hwy 95, 13 miles south of Bullhead City and turn east on Boundary Cone Rd.), Oatman offers visitors quaint shops, restaurants and saloons with live entertainment. A town landmark are the burros that roam the streets. The Oatman gunfighters stage free “Old West” showdowns and shootouts on the town’s main street (Historic Route 66) daily. Gold Camp Days are celebrated each Labor Day weekend with special events and parade.
One of the most exotic spots in America is the Havasupai tribe village at the bottom of a side canyon to the Grand Canyon (road access to rim off of Route 66 between Kingman and Seligman). Visitors are allowed to visit and camp but must make an 11 mile hike down a trail to get there (pack mules to haul equipment are available for a fee). One of main attractions are the beautiful Havasupai Falls and pools. For information on reservations and costs, call 928-448-2121 or 928-448- 2237, ask for Tourism Office.
HUALAPAI MOUNTAIN COUNTY PARK
Located 14 miles east of Kingman, Arizona, the Hualapai Mountains offer a forested environment similar to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Campsites and rustic rental stone cabins available. Also, RV parking, group picnic areas and hiking trails to be found. For further information call 928-757-3859.
KEEPERS OF THE WILD
A non-profit exotic animal sanctuary with over 150 animals including lions, tigers, jaguars, wolves. Open daily except Tues (9 a.m.-5 p.m. MST); guided tours at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. MST; gift shop. Located at 13441 E. Hwy 66, Valentine, Arizona—at mile marker 87, on Historic Route 66 east of Kingman. Call 928-769-1800 for further details.
LAUGHLIN CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION
Located in Don Laughlin ‘s Riverside Resort and Casino. Two showrooms (one along Casino Drive and the other in the South Tower) feature classic and rare automobiles from Don Laughlin’s private collection; also home to antique slot machine collection; open daily; no charge with King of Clubs Players’ card (small fee without card)
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA/LAKE MOHAVE
550 miles of vacationland with rock cliffs, sandy beaches and blue/green waters. Lake Mohave is contained within the Lake Mead Nat’l Recreation Area offering ideal boating and fishing opportunities. Marinas rent fishing boats, ski boats, water skiing equipment, sailboats and houseboats. Auto access to Lake Mohave is limited to Katherine Landing, Princess Cove and Willow Beach on the Arizona side and Cottonwood Cove on the Nevada side. See Katherine Landing Ranger Station or call 928-754-3272, for details on rules and regulations of the area.
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE
This huge swatch of the desert west of Laughlin is part of the National Park Service and offers a true, off-the-beaten-path desert experience. Among the points of interest are: the Kelso Sand Dunes, Kelso Depot, Hole-inthe-Wall, Mitchell Caverns, Mojave Road, Teutonia Peak and Mid-Hills. Camping, hiking and four-wheel exploring are available. For info, call 760-252-6201 on weekdays; 760-928-2572 on weekends
GRAND CANYON WEST
Located approximately 72 miles northeast of Kingman, this area of the Grand Canyon lies within the jurisdiction of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Attractions include an Indian Village with authentic dwellings and amphitheater with scheduled Native American cultural performances; the Hualapai Ranch, a western town with horseback and wagon rides and gift shop; hiking trails; and the only spot on the Grand Canyon with access to the river and the bottom of the canyon via helicopter tours; other tours available are Hummer tours, bus tours and boat tours of the river. The most unique attraction of Grand Canyon West is the “Skywalk”—a cantilever glass bridge at Eagle Point that suspends more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River (at left above). For more information on Grand Canyon West, call 1-888-868-9378.
LAKE HAVASU’S LONDON BRIDGE AND ENGLISH VILLAGE
Lake Havasu’s London Bridge spanned the Thames River for about 80 years before being dismantled and brought piece by piece to Arizona in 1964. The unique attraction offers the English Village, filled with shops and eateries. A carousel, boat rentals and tours of the lake are available. Access by Arizona Hwy 95, 65 miles south of Laughlin; access is also available from Laughlin via the Colorado River on London Bridge Jet Boat Tours (call 1-888-505-3545) or River Jet Tours (call 1-800-327-2386).
HAVASU NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
4,000 acres of ponds, open bays and channels laced with cattail and bulrush stands. This area includes the Topock Marsh of Mohave Valley, located some 30 miles south of Laughlin on Arizona Highway 95. These marshes provide havens for a myriad of species of wildlife. Fishing allowed. For more information call 760-326-3853.
ROUTE 66 MUSEUM
A salute to the Mother Road through three dioramas depicting “Grapes of Wrath”, signs, a ‘50 Studebaker and other memorabilia that made Route 66 an American icon. Also a short film about the fabled highway. Located in the Powerhouse at 120 W. Andy Devine (Rte 66) Kingman, Arizona. Open daily (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Admission $4 adults; $3 seniors (60 plus)-good for admission to Mohave Museum of History & Art (below). Call 928-753-9889.
MOHAVE MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART
Located at 400 West Beale Street in Kingman, Arizona, the museum offers displays of early Native American artifacts as well as historical displays of tools, clothing, treasures and art from around the county. Also Presidents and First Ladies portraits and new mininig history exhibit. Open M-Fri (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sat (1p.m.-5 p.m.). Admission $4 adults; $3 seniors (60 plus)-good for admission to Route 66 Museum (above). Call 928-753-3195 for information.
THE BONELLI HOUSE
Built in 1915, the Bonelli House at 430 Spring St. in Kingman, Arizona has been restored and furnished with period furniture. It offers a walk into history with tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free. Call 928-753- 1413 for more information.
GRAND CANYON CAVERNS
Natural caverns with regular tours, “flashlight tour” and “Explorer’s tour” (new caverns never experienced prior to 2002). Also nature trails, an inn with full facilities and restaurant and gift shop. Located on Historic Rte 66 65miles east of Kingman. Call 928-422-3223 for further details or room reservations.
Formed by Parker Dam on the Colorado River, the lake is 45 miles long and has an abundance of coves and inlets for exploring. Boating, skiing and water sports rentals and marinas available along Arizona shoreline. Located about 60 miles south of Laughlin, the lake is accessible by Highway 95 in Arizona or via turnoff of Hwy 95 in California (Needles to Vidal Junction road). For additional information, contact the Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce at 928- 855-4115.
All that is left of this once booming late 19th century gold mine are concrete foundation pillars and abandoned tunnels. The ruins are located near the Katherine Landing area along a ridge running east of the turn-off to the Telephone Cove. In its prime, the mine employed approximately 200 miners (one of the most famous being Western novelist Louis L’Amour) and brought over 300 tons of ore out of the ground worth from $20 million to $40 million. For further information, contact the Katherine Landing Ranger Station at 928-754-3272.
The life blood of the entire area, the Colorado River winds its way through the Mohave Valley on its course to the Sea of Cortez, Mexico (which it never really reaches) from its origins in the Rocky Mountains. The flow of the river is controlled by a series of dams providing recreational and hydroelectric uses for man. Locally, you can cruise the river on tour boats, kayaks, Jet Skis, Wave Runners and ferries; anglers can try for trout, catfish and striped bass (particularly at the Davis Camp area); or you can just view the river from the many opportunities provided by the resorts of Laughlin.
Located in Pyramid Canyon just north of Laughlin and named in 1941 for then Director of Reclamation, Arthur Powell Davis, the $67 million earth and rock filled embankment along the Colorado River has a concrete spillway, intake structure and power plant. The dam is 200 feet high and was completed in 1953 to control flash floods and to generate hydroelectric energy. A rock formation resembling a bull’s head was located behind the present dam and was flooded by the waters of Lake Mohave when the project was completed. The construction town below the dam was named Bullhead City in honor of this formation.
A complete lakeside resort area with marina, Lake Mohave Resort’s boat slips, boat rentals, launch ramp, sandy beach with barbecues and picnic area; campgrounds with and without RV hookups, motel boat storage yard, boat repair shop, store, restaurant and lounge. Nature hike and ranger interpretive programs are held fall through spring. Call the Katherine Landing Ranger Station at 928-754-3272 for details.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
One of the major points of interest in the world, let alone our area, is within a 4 hour drive of Laughlin via Kingman where you catch I-40 east to the canyon turn off just east of Williams, Arizona. The park offers the full spectrum of amenities associated with a national park including the famous mule rides to the canyon bottom.
GRAND CANYON RAILWAY
The Grand Canyon Railway offers train rides from the historic Williams Depot in Williams, to the rim of the Grand Canyon 363 days of the year. The 65 mile trip ends 200 yards from the rim at the Grand Canyon Depot near the famous El Tovar Hotel. There are five classes of service available for the round-trip train ride. For reservations, call 1-800-THE TRAIN (1-800-843-8724) or visit http://www.thetrain.com
CALICO GHOST TOWN
An 1890s silver mining town that was “made over” by Knotts Berry Farm in the 1950s; historic buildings, mine tours, narrow gauge railroad, shops, restaurants, Civil War reenactments on Presidents’ Day weekend; located 10 min. north of Barstow off I-15; open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily; call 1-800-TO-CALICO