Colorado River Area Campgrounds

Blythe, California

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The Colorado River forms the border between southeastern California and Arizona. In recent years, this sparsely populated region has become a popular winter tourist destination, as well as a retirement location for those seeking year-round sunshine and warm weather. The area’s popularity is due in large part to the combination of desert sunshine and the water-sports opportunities afforded by Lake Havasu and the Colorado. From Needles in the north to Winterhaven in the south, 200 miles of the river water the desert and provide recreational opportunities. Houseboats, cabin cruisers, and nonmotorized craft ply the river, while residents and visitors fish, water-ski, or simply enjoy the scenery of such places as the Topock Gorge. The region is also rich in history and cultural heritage. Examples include the historic train depot and Harvey House Hotel in the former frontier town of Needles as well as the giant figures south of Blythe, carved in the earth centuries ago by Native Americans. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Moabi Regional Park, Midland Long-Term Visitor Area, Mayflower County Park, Wiley's Well, Coon Hollow, Palo Verde County Park, Picacho State Recreation Area, Senator Wash Recreation Area, Squaw Lake, Imperial Dam, and Pilot Knob.
Camping Southern California

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Camping Southern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

The Colorado River forms the border between southeastern California and Arizona. In recent years, this sparsely populated region has become a popular winter tourist destination, as well as a retirement location for those seeking year-round sunshine and warm weather. The area’s popularity is due in large part to the combination of desert sunshine and the water-sports opportunities afforded by Lake Havasu and the Colorado. From Needles in the north to Winterhaven in the south, 200 miles of the river water the desert and provide recreational opportunities. Houseboats, cabin cruisers, and nonmotorized craft ply the river, while residents and visitors fish, water-ski, or simply enjoy the scenery of such places as the Topock Gorge. The region is also rich in history and cultural heritage. Examples include the historic train depot and Harvey House Hotel in the former frontier town of Needles as well as the giant figures south of Blythe, carved in the earth centuries ago by Native Americans. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Moabi Regional Park, Midland Long-Term Visitor Area, Mayflower County Park, Wiley's Well, Coon Hollow, Palo Verde County Park, Picacho State Recreation Area, Senator Wash Recreation Area, Squaw Lake, Imperial Dam, and Pilot Knob.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Blythe
Campsites: 11 Separate campgrounds
Season & Limits: All year, but many only open spring to fall
Additional Use: Swimming
Local Contacts: BLM; California Department of Parks and Recreation
Topo Map: Colorado River Area Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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