Points of Interest

*Distances are approximate and based on the starting location of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce (1585 S. Casino Drive)

 

MOHAVE MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART/ 33 miles*
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 mining history exhibit. Open Monday-Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AZ), Saturday (1 p.m.-5 p.m. AZ). Admission $4 adults; $3 seniors (60 plus)-good for admission to Route 66 Museum (below). Call 928-753-3195 for information.


 

ROUTE 66 MUSEUM / 33 miles*
A salute to the Mother Road through three dioramas. 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. AZ). Admission $4 adults; $3 seniors (60 plus)-good for admission to Mohave Museum of History & Art (above). Call 928-753-9889


 

KATHERINE LANDING / 7 miles*
A complete lake side 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 Visitor Center at 702-293-8990 for details on rules and regulations of the area.


 

SUBMARINE MUSEUM / 40 miles*
A memorial dedicated to all submariners past, especially those lost in World War II; memorial plaques; boat history; vintage photographs. Located at the Golden Valley VFW Post 2555, one block NW of Colorado St. and Highway 68 in Golden Valley, AZ; free; donations accepted; info call 520-440-619


 

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE / 60 miles*
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-in-the-Wall, 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.


 

THE BONELLI HOUSE / 34 miles*
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. Call 928-753-1413 for more information.


 

HAVASUPAI FALLS / 200 miles*
One of the most exotic spots in America is the Havasupai tribe village at the bottom of a side canyon to the Grand Canyon with the Havasupai Falls and pools; (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). For information on reservations and costs, call 928-448-2121 or 928-448-2237, ask for Tourism Office


 

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK / 10 miles*
Riverfront veterans memorial in Bullhead City. North section is home to a set of bronze panels with the names of all Arizonans killed in the last hundred years of armed conflicts, the south section holds an eternal flame surrounded by pillars. 434 Whitewater Drive, Bullhead City, AZ


 

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY / 150 miles*
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 TheTrain.com.


 

DESERT DIAMOND DISTILLERY / 43 miles*
Tours of a working and award-winning spirits distillery offering up close looks at the art of distilling. The spirits featured are rum and vodka. Tours Thursday-Monday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.); 4875 Olympic Dr., Kingman, Arizona (in the Kingman Airport Industrial Complex). For further information, call 928-757-7611; or DesertDiamondDistillery.com.


 

HAVASU NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE / 45 miles*
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.


 

COLORADO RIVER / Less than 1 mile*
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.


 

KINGMAN RAILROAD MUSEUM / 33 miles*
Train memorabilia and model train exhibits; items from Harvey House Days, replicas of early trains; 402 E. Andy Devine, Kingman; open Wednesday-Sunday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $2; free ages 12 and under; 928-718-1440.


 

GRAND CANYON CAVERNS / 96 miles*
Natural caverns with regular tours, “Flashlight Tour” and “Explorer’s Tour” (new caverns never experienced prior to 2002); nature trails, an inn with full facilities and restaurant and gift shop. Also, home to the deepest motel room in the world—a complete suite 220 feet below the surface (available for rent). Located on Historic Rte 66 65 miles east of Kingman. Call 928-422-3223 for further details or room reservations.


 

EL GARCES / 30 miles*
This former hotel and train station located in downtown Needles on Front St, was home to a Harvey House. It has been restored with tours now available ($5) by appointment (call Heidi at 760-326-2344). The Needles Regional Museum is across the street at 929 Front St holding a lot of railroad history.


 

WINERIES / 60 miles*
Valle Vista, north of Kingman on Route 66 is home to two wineries offering tastings and sales. These are Cella Winery 6927 E Brooks, Blvd (714-402-4878); and Stetson Winery, 10965 Moonscape Way (928-757-7206).


 

GRAPEVINE CANYON / 10 miles*
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 Highway 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 / 100 miles*
The bustle of Las Vegas is 95 miles north of Laughlin via Nevada Highway 163 to Highway 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 Highway 68 toward Kingman and then north on Arizona Highway 93. This route also takes you over the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.


 

COLORADO RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM / 3 miles*
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, Tuesday-Friday (10 a.m.-4 p.m. AZ); access Sunday-Monday by reservation only; donation $2 adult; free ages 12 and under; 928-542-9226 or 928-754-3399; email CRHSMuseum@Frontier.com; CRHSMuseum.com.


 

OATMAN, ARIZONA / 32 miles*
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 Highway 95, 13 miles south of Bullhead City and turn east on Boundary Cone Rd.), Oatman offers visitors quaint shops, restaurants and a couple of watering holes. A town landmark are the burros that roam the streets. The Oatman gunfighters stage free “Old West” showdowns and shoot outs on the town’s main street (Historic Route 66) daily. Gold Camp Days are celebrated each Labor Day weekend with special events and parade. Photo by Tina Boyadjieva, TinaBoyadjieva.com.


 

HUALAPAI MOUNTAIN COUNTY PARK / 48 miles*
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.


 

CHLORIDE, ARIZONA / 48 miles*
1860s mining town four miles off AZ Highway 93 on Mohave County RD 125 about 17 miles north of junction of Highway 68 (just north of Kingman), at one time, home to 73 functioning mines (the town’s name comes from silver chloride, most abundant item mined there). Chloride Ghost Town is a recreated Old West town within the center of town with staged gunfights and more. Roy Purcell’s murals located on nearby canyon walls a short drive outside of town (ask locals for directions); for more information, call 928-565-4888.


 

KEEPERS OF THE WILD / 68 miles*
A non-profit exotic animal sanctuary with over 175 animals including lions, tigers, jaguars, wolves. Open daily except Tuesday (9 a.m.-5 p.m. AZ); guided tours (10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. AZ); gift shop. Located at 13441 E. Highway 66, Valentine, Arizona—at mile marker 87, on Historic Route 66 east of Kingman. Call 928-769-1800 for details.


 

LAUGHLIN CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION / Less than 1 mile*
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).


 

COLORADO RIVER HERITAGE GREENWAY PARK AND TRAILS / Less than 1 mile*
This recreation area features trails for walking, hiking, bird watching, cycling, fishing, picnicking and more, all within walking distance of the Laughlin casinos. The trailhead and visitors center are north of the Casino West section of the Riverside Resort on Casino Drive. Call Clark County Parks and Recreation at 702-298-3413.


 

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA – LAKE MOHAVE / 8 miles*
Lake Mohave is contained within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area offering ideal boating and fishing opportunities; rentals for fishing boats, ski boats, water skiing equipment and houseboats; auto access to Lake Mohave is limited to Katherine Landing, Princess Cove and Willow Beach on Arizona side and Cottonwood Cove on Nevada side. Call the Visitor Center at 702-293-8990 for details on rules and regulations of the area.

 


 

GRAND CANYON WEST / 105 miles*
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; and the “Skywalk”—a cantilever glass bridge at Eagle Point that suspends more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River; for more, call 1-888-868-9378.


 

LAKE HAVASU’S LONDON BRIDGE AND ENGLISH VILLAGE / 70 miles*
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; boat rentals and tours of the lake; travel option from Laughlin is via the Colorado River on London Bridge Jet Boat Tours (call 1-888-505-3545).


 

NEEDLES REGIONAL MUSEUM / 30 miles*
Located at 929 Front St. in Needles, this museum has a mining display, history of Santa Fe RR, and more; open seasonally in the fall/winter, Monday-Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); $2 donation to visit the museum; call 760-326-5678.


 

ALPACAS OF THE SOUTHWEST / 57 miles*
Fully operating alpaca ranch in Kingman, Arizona offering “tours” for a chance to get up close and personal with alpacas; 1108 McCarrel, Kingman, AZ; open Thursday-Monday (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), Tuesday-Wednesday by appointment only; $9 per car entry fee; call 928-225-1450 or visit SouthwestAlpacaTours.com for more information.