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Tourism Overview in La Paz County

La Paz County experiences a tremendous influx of seasonal visitors and offers those visitors and residents a full range of recreational activities in the desert and on the Colorado River. The Town of Quartzsite is known for its season gem, mineral and art shows. More than one million folks visit this community each year to take part.

La Paz County offers access to public lands and a multitude of mineral resources that attract off-road enthusiasts and winter visitors. The entire region has become a year round destination for off road activities and events. Additionally, the Town of Parker is home base for major off-road races such as the Best in the Desert Parker 425 for the past 40 years. The Parker Strip hosts boat races and other events during the summer months. For the outdoor enthusiast, covering over 700 miles and stretching across 3 Counties; Yuma, La Paz and Mohave. The “Arizona Peace Trail” is a great trail system to take daily rides or planned overnight trips exploring the area in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Bordered on the north by lake Havasu and the Bill Williams River and on the west by the Colorado River, recreational opportunities include boating, fishing, water skiing and sometimes just floating down the river on an inner tube, particularly during the award winning annual tube float. The 17 mile Parker Strip offers some of the best water skiing, boating and jet skiing, wave running, and swimming, as well as fishing, in the west. The variety of riparian habitats and deserrt environments has come to the attention of birders with as many as 100 species being observed during a day trip. The Blue Water Resort and Casino on the river and Emerald Canyon Golf Course, the numerous local and communitie events and interests add to the area's destination ammenities of unparalled diversity

About the 'Tourism Action Team'

One of the many outcomes of this LPEDC Focus Future strategic plan process was the concept of broad-based citizen and stakeholder committees called 'Action Teams'. These action teams were responsible for working closely with the EDC and APS and other partners to further identify and focus on strategic initiatives identified by the strategic process.

When the action groups began forming it became obvious to all the importance of having representative from each community so that the strategies could be considered and solutions that fit the whole County be found.Team Graphic

For the Tourism Team this desire to work together included the need to have all the chambers of Commerce represented. As the team started it was important that individual community interests became part of the big picture. The 'Tourism Action Team' consists of community members, small business and community leaders who volunteer their time, ideas, skills and experience to communities throughout La Paz County. In almost all cases the members are also volunteering or involved in many other clubs, events or interest groups within their community

Over the course of several meetings, ideas were brainstormed and discussed to help define La Paz County as a tourism destination and develop an action plan for Tourism involving all the communities and chambers of Commerce working together.

 

Achievements

Passport to Adventure Brochure
(This successful brochure is now in its fourth year of printing, distributing between 35-45K copies in La Paz County and the Tri-State area)

2017
'Explore the Trails of La Paz County

(partnering with State parks to provide 'Show Me' rides in Salome, Bouse and Quartzsite ... 2018 Parker is added)

2018
Replaced 'La Paz Outback' sign exiting Parker thanks to a sucessful Grant Application with IDA

Introducing on Dec 12, 2018
La Paz County 'Tourism Expo'
to be held at the Bluewater Casino & Resort

Tourism Team

David Bull
Bouse
Dani Bull
Bouse
Julie Riffe
Bouse
Pat Walch
Bouse
Cee Carnevale
Quartzsite
Mark Goldberg
Quartzsite
Linda Goldberg
Quartzsite
Monica Timberlake
Quartzsite
Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear
Quartzsite
Mary Hamilton Parker
John Croteau Parker
Lisa Whittier Parker
Linda Darland Salome/McMullen Valley
Evone O'Brien Salome/McMullen Valley

 

Contributing Members

Bruce Swart Quartzsite
Cheryl Montijo McMullen Valley
D.L. Wilson Parker
Jane Silva Parker
Josh Savino Parker
Joanne Winer Quartzsite
Kelly Patton APS
Melissa Wright Parker
Phil Cushman Quartzsite
Skylor Miller Quartzsite
Holly Irwin Cibola

 

 

We thank all our partners for their support.

For a full list of partners ... CLICK HERE

LPEDC Logo LaPazCounty TownParker TownQuartzsite CRIT IDA AWC

 

APS LPRHLogo Ocotillo Lodge

 

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