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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
The price is $60 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in the heart of Bullhead City, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bullhead City Community Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Western Arizona Regional Medical ...
2.4/5 (978 reviews)
"It was quite and I liked that very much the only thing that I didn't like to much was the $35 deposit for a little dog that doesn't even weight a pound but otherwise I liked it."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Lodge on the River
Havasu Landing Resort & Casino
Havasu Landing Resort & Casino
3 out of 5
13145 Havasu Lake Road, Havasu Lake, Needles, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated near the airport, this resort is 13.8 mi (22.2 km) from Mojave Trails National Monument.
4.1/5Very Good! (136 reviews)
"👍"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Havasu Landing Resort & Casino
Days Inn by Wyndham Bullhead City
Days Inn by Wyndham Bullhead City
2.5 out of 5
1126 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ
The price is $76 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Bullhead City Community Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Casino at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort ...
3.7/5Good! (818 reviews)
"The room was clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Bullhead City
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.
Americas Best Value Inn Needles - Family Room Suite 6
Americas Best Value Inn Needles - Family Room Suite 6
Needles, CA
Situated in Needles, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Needles Regional Museum and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Mojave Trails ...
Americas Best Value Inn Needles - Family Room Suite 6
River Escape
River Escape
Bullhead City, AZ
This family-friendly Bullhead City vacation home is located on the waterfront, 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Laughlin Ranch Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Laughlin ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Warm getaway
"Great location"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

River Escape
Bullhead City Home w/ Fire Pit - Walk to CO River!
Bullhead City Home w/ Fire Pit - Walk to CO River!
Bullhead City, AZ
Located in Holiday Shores, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Riviera Marina and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Arizona Veterans Memorial. Big Bend of the Colorado ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Clean, spacious and close to everything
"Easy process with everything as expected"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Bullhead City Home w/ Fire Pit - Walk to CO River!
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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