Bullhead City, AZ

Travel Guide
Oatman showing desert views and street scenes
Located along the banks of the Colorado River, this historic Arizonan oasis offers year-round water sports, golf and good times.

Outdoor sports, scenic drives, festivals and nightlife beckon visitors to Bullhead City. Built by river traders in the area of an earlier Mojave settlement, the city is named for a riverside landmark rock resembling the head of a bull. The area is a perfect base from which to explore the Colorado River, Lake Mohave and the Mojave Desert, historic mining towns and the casinos of neighboring Laughlin, Nevada.

Year-round sunshine makes Bullhead City a popular destination for lovers of outdoor recreation. Near the mouth of the Riviera Marina is the Arizona Veterans Memorial Park, a large grassy area where you’ll find the names of 3,000 Arizona citizens lost in wars over the last 100 years. Continue along the riverside walking trails to enjoy the network of picnic areas and beaches.

Board a jet boat for the wild ride downstream to Lake Havasu, stopping along the way to admire centuries-old petroglyphs and the London Bridge, which was dismantled and shipped from London and rebuilt here. Head upstream to Davis Dam, where Lake Mohave offers swimming, kayaking, waterskiing and fishing. Nearby at the Colorado River Museum, study displays on local history and Native American artifacts.

Bullhead’s weather makes it a perfect destination for golfers. Tee off at Chaparral Golf and Country Club or make the short drive south to Desert Lakes Golf Course.

The Bullhead region is filled with historic towns and sites. Visit the Gold Road Mine, which has been in operation for over a century. Kids will enjoy the Wild West town of Oatman where gunfights are re-created in the streets and tame burros roam free.

Bullhead City hosts several festivals. Enjoy live music during February’s Colorado River Bluegrass Festival and watch kayak races or join the floating fun during August’s Bullhead City River Regatta. For a big night out, cross the river by water taxi to Laughlin, in Nevada, where you’ll find 10 casinos offering 24-hour bars, dining and entertainment.

Fly in to Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport. Renting a car is the best way to explore the surrounding Arizona scenery.

Where to stay in Bullhead City

Lodge on the River
Lodge on the River
2 out of 5
1717 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ, 86442
The price is $55 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this hotel in Bullhead City. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a picnic area. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
2.5/5 (967 reviews)
"The staff is very friendly. No queen or king beds."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Lodge on the River
Days Inn by Wyndham Bullhead City
Days Inn by Wyndham Bullhead City
2.5 out of 5
1126 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ, 86429
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $59 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Bullhead City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (969 reviews)
"The property was clean and affordable. Conveniently located."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Days Inn by Wyndham Bullhead City
Motel 6 Bullhead City, AZ
Motel 6 Bullhead City, AZ
2 out of 5
1081 AZ-95, Bullhead City, AZ, 86429
The price is $60 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this motel in Bullhead City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (340 reviews)
"Better than expected for a motel 6 rooms are remodeled and clean outside might look a little shady but i felt safe the whole time no one bothered me. Bed was comfortable tv was good nice and quiet. Definitely will be back again"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Motel 6 Bullhead City, AZ
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Spacious Desert Home-Near Laughlin, River & Lake
Spacious Desert Home-Near Laughlin, River & Lake
Bullhead City, AZ
The price is $140 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this vacation home in Bullhead City. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Harrah's Laughlin Casino and Casino at Don Laughlin's ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Muy limpio"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Spacious Desert Home-Near Laughlin, River & Lake
Beautiful 2 bedroom condo with pool and river access
Beautiful 2 bedroom condo with pool and river access
Bullhead City, AZ
Stay at this condo in Bullhead City. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Harrah's Laughlin Casino and Casino at Don Laughlin's ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Clean"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Beautiful 2 bedroom condo with pool and river access
Brand New Heated Pool Home
Brand New Heated Pool Home
4.5 out of 5
1594 Paige Dr, Bullhead City, AZ, 86442
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury vacation home in Bullhead City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Harrah's Laughlin Casino and ...
Brand New Heated Pool Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Bullhead City

If you’re visiting Bullhead City to enjoy the casinos which it shares with its sister city, Laughlin, then consider using water taxis, a fun and convenient way of getting up and down the stretch of the Colorado River which the cities sit along. If you’re here to explore the area’s many national parks and take part in outdoor activities, though, you’ll need a car, which you can easily rent from companies in town. Visit the Arizona Department of Transportation website.Browse Bullhead City rental cars.

Best time to visit

Bullhead City sits in the Mojave Desert, on Arizona’s border with Nevada, and gets extremely hot in the summer. Temperatures hit an average high of 112 F (44 C), but this doesn’t put off visitors – this is the busiest time of year, so aside from the heat you’ll also find crowds and expensive hotel rooms. Visit in the spring or fall instead for more manageable weather and more space in the casinos.

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