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La Paz County - Points of Interest

La Paz County offers visitors a wide range of Activities, Events and Points of Interest, from the pioneers and settlers who came here to settle in the various communities, to prospectors and ranchers whose descendants still reside in the area, the region has a military history which is some cases was even classified as 'Top Secret' as well as a community that was initially a relocation camp for Japanese and a reservation that was created and now makes up the Colorado River Indian Tribes (C.R.I.T.). Some of the old historic building are on private property or not accessible due to there deteriorated condition but can still be viewed from roads. Some of the places are open to the public or can be only reached by driving or hiking to them. Natural and Scenic Beauty surrounds us here in La Paz County. This page is dedicated to listing some of the Points of Interest in La Paz County.

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Natural & Scenic Points of Interest

Aha Kaav Preserve - Established in 1995 the preserve currently consists of 1,253 acres of wilderness area and a 3.5 acre park. The preserve is centered around a reconstructed Colorado backwater, which offers a variety of activities including fishing, canoeing, birding and swimming. The preserve's many purposes include revegatation of areas for endangered and threatened plants and animals native to the Lower Colorado River Basin.

Alamo Lake Night SkyAlamo Lake State Park - Alamo Lake State Park is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by mountainous terrain speckled with brush, wildflowers and cacti making for a visually pleasing experience. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley away from the hustle and bustle of ever day life, Alamo Lake is one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. Visitors here enjoy outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. Fishing tournaments are common at the lake and anglers have an excellent opportunity to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish and black crappie.

Bill Williams ReserveBill Williams Reserve - With its majestic rock cliffs, its ribbon of cool water running through classic Sonoran Desert and its cattail-filled marsh harboring rails and waterfowl, Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge offers a little bit of something for both wildlife and visitors. The Bill Williams River extends a short 40 miles before emptying into the Colorado River near Lake Havasu. A portion of the river and its unique habitat are protected within the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and offers a glimpse into what this landscape looked like hundreds of years ago.

Buckskin Mountains - The Buckskin Mountains are a mountain range in western-central Arizona. The range lies just east of the north-south Colorado River, and south of the east-west, west flowing Bill Williams River. Buckskin Mountain State Park borders the south of the Bill Williams River. The southeast section of the Buckskin Mountains are part of a three-mountain range thrust-faulted system with the Harcuvar and Harquahala Mountains.

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge - Located in the flood plain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. The refuge encompasses both the historic Colorado River channel as well a channelized portion constructed in the late 1960's. Along these main water bodies are home to many wildlife species that reside in this portion of the Sonoran Desert.

Harquahala Mtn AreaHarquahala Mountain Wilderness Area - Different from many Sonoran Desert mountain ranges, the Harquahalas (22,880 acres) contain a screened interior canyon system. The distinctive ecosystems provide exceptional natural diversity, including interior chaparrals, desert grasslands and rare cactus populations. The area also supports habitat for desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and mule deer populations. Access the northern boundary by jeep trails along Highway 60, east of Wenden. Numerous off-road trails can be found to the south, off Eagle Eye Road. 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended if you venture off Eagle Eye Road. 

 

 

Harquahala Peak Smithsonian Solar Observatory - The Harquahala (originally spelled Harqua Hala) Peak Observatory was at it’s height of glory in 1924. What remains of the field station can be seen first hand by traveling from Eagle Eye Road, up the south side of the mountain, to the peak of the Harquahala Mountains, at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet. In recent years the Bureau of Land Management has refurbished the Observatory and made improvements to the road, as well as adding signs and restrooms at the base of the trail. Even with these improvements, the road is steep and treacherous and it is recommended for high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles with experienced drivers only. The panoramic and breathtaking view from southwest Arizona’s highest point, is well worth the trip.

Harcuvar Mountains - The 25,050-acre Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness is in northeast La Paz County 82 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The Harcuvar Mountains rise abruptly from the desert floor with over 10 miles of its rugged ridgeline within the wilderness. Elevations range from 2,400 feet on the bajadas to over 5,100 feet along parts of the mountainous crest. One of the most important aspects of the Harcuvar Mountains is the major, and southern access route to Alamo Lake State Park approximately 30 miles upriver on the Bill Williams River. The wilderness area's diverse landforms and plantcommunities provide habitat for abundant wildlife,including desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, cougars, golden eagles, and Palm Canyonvarious hawks.

Palm Canyon - Palm Canyon may be the only place in Arizona where native palm trees, California Fan Palms, can be found. Palm Canyon is tucked away in narrow, rugged canyons on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. People were aware of the small, scattered clusters of trees growing in Palm Canyon even before the creation of the refuge. The palm trees have become a major visitor attraction for the refuge.

 

Indian Springs - This is a popular picnic area in the Harcuvar Mountains, near Tank Pass. This was an old granite quarry, with some of the rock going to the state capital in Phoenix. You can walk around to the southwest to see the quarry. There are still some stones lying around with the drill holes that were used to split the rock. (Contrary to popular belief, this was not an area where prisoners were held.). The road is very sandy and it is recommended that you use a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Kofa National Wildlife RefugeKofa National Wildlife Refuge - Bordered by the Yuma proving ground to the west and the Kofa National Wildlife refuge to the east the refuge is an excellent place for viewing desert plants and wildlife, rock climbing, exploring old mines, or just camping in remote wilderness.

Parker Strip and the Colorado River - Why do thousands each year visit this 11-mile stretch of the Colorado River? The Parker Strip is an 11-mile section of the Colorado River between Parker Dam and Headgate Rock Dam in Parker, Arizona…but chances are you already know that. It’s best known for it’s excellent boating, skiing, wakeboarding, and other water related recreational activities. The Parker Strip has been an attraction for generations of weekend warriors and will be for many more to come.

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