Kingman, on Interstate 40 and historic Route 66, is the jumping off point for the northern portion of River Country. When the Colorado River leaves the Grand Canyon at the Grand Wash Cliffs, it’s impounded in Lake Mead, the huge reservoir formed behind Hoover Dam. The lake makes a sharp turn from west to south, and defines the northwest corner of the state. Lake Mead is an angler’s paradise and is a very popular water sports playground as well. Sailing is great fun on the wide-open expanses of the lake, and you can water ski, scuba dive, and even sea kayak.
If you like to explore the backcountry, there are several challenging wilderness areas scattered along the desert mountain ranges east of the river. South of Kingman, the Hualapai Mountains rise to over 8,000 feet and provide a cool, forested escape from the desert. In Bullhead City, on the Arizona side of the river below Davis Dam, learn about the history of the river and its exploration at the Colorado River Museum. Near Bullhead City is the ghost town of Oatman. Once a busy mining town, Oatman is famous for the wild burros that still wander its streets. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Temple Bar, Windy Point, Packsaddle, Katherine Landing, Davis County Park, Hualapai Mountain Park, Wild Cow Springs, Burro Creek.
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