Bullhead City in northwestern Arizona, just across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada, is part of the Mohave Desert. Within reasonable proximity of Bullhead City, you'll find numerous picturesque and rugged desert mountains, offering outdoor enthusiasts hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, sightseeing and picnicking opportunities.
Topping out at 5,639 feet, Spirit Mountain is in Southern Nevada, between the cities of Laughlin and Searchlight. It is part of the Newberry Mountain Range, the Spirit Mountain Wilderness and the Lake Mead Recreational Area.
The mountain has an interesting history. It's sacred to the Native Americans in the area; Yuman speakers view it as the center of creation. In 1999, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The area around the mountain is not developed, and there is no maintained, signed trail leading to Spirit's peak. There are a couple reasonably well-traveled routes to the summit, however, and there are areas well suited to backpacking along the way. Views of the Colorado River and many area peaks are waiting for adventurers who make it to the summit. Additionally, Spirit offers plenty of canyons and gullies worth exploring. Multiple crags, with tempting granite surfaces, exist for climbers to test their skills.
Visit Spirit Mountain in the late fall, winter or early spring, as it's relatively low elevation and position in the harsh Mohave Desert mean the summers are scorching hot. In the winter, you may encounter snow and ice on the route to the summit.
Given the secluded location, bring water and food with you; supplies can be procured in Bullhead City or Laughlin. A high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to get you up the rough, dirt road to the trailhead.
Located just south of Kingman, Arizona is Hualapai Mountain Park, home to Hualapai Peak. Run by the Mohave County Parks Department, Hualapai Mountain Park is semi-developed, with picnic areas, camping facilities, an RV park and rental cabins. Supplies, like food and water, can be garnered in Bullhead City or Kingman.
Within the park is the trailhead to Hualapai Peak, which tops out at 7,779 feet. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. There are several other hikes on the mountain, too.
Given the high elevation of Hualapai Peak and the park, this is a good destination in the summer. The mountain is home to stately pinion and ponderosa pines as well as aspen and fir trees. A variety of animals, such as mule deer, elk, mountain lion, javelina, ground squirrel and bear, make a habitat here.
Mt. Tipton, located in northwestern Arizona within the Mount Tipton Wilderness Area, near the city of Dolan Springs, is an obscure, infrequently visited mountain. Hiking is the activity of choice at Tipton. Reaching the 7,146 foot peak involves following a route, rather than a maintained trail.
Besides gaining the summit of Mt. Tipton, visitors will want to take some time to enjoy the Cerbat Pinnacles---beautiful and mysterious jagged, maroon-colored rock spires---located north of the mountain.
The roads into the area are rough, so high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Facilities near the mountain are scarce; supplies should be picked up in Bullhead City or Dolan Springs. The best time to visit the area is in the spring and fall, since it is blisteringly hot in the summer and there is potential for snow in the winter.