The recreational land known as the Parker Strip stretches over 16 miles along the banks of the Colorado River. This is a popular place for tourism of all types including boating, fishing, wake-boarding, camping, and off road vehicles. Some of its popular attractions include the Parker Dam,Copper Basin Dunes, and the Desert Bar.
The Parker Dam Road highlights the scenic, natural, historic, and prehistoric values along an 11 mile (18 km) road that travels along the California shore of the Colorado River. This spot has attracted people, wildlife, and vegetation along a linear oasis, thus creating its nickname, “Thread of Life.”
This day use area is a great place to stop with the family. There is river access, tree-shaded picnic areas, and a Back Country Byway site.
There are two open off-highway vehicle areas on the California side of the Parker Strip. These are open play areas. The sites include parking area, unloading ramp, and vault toilets. Vehicles must be street legal or have state required off-highway vehicle stickers (if appropriate by your state).
There are several great bars on the Parker Strip where you can get a drink, unwind or party, but there is only one bar where you can also walk away with an appreciation for the artsy, quirky funk of the lower Sonoran Desert that is unique to any place on earth. That place is the Nellie E. Saloon, commonly known as the Desert Bar in the heart of the Buckskin Mountains just 15 minutes away from Havasu Springs Resort.
Families, kids, and pets are welcome. However remember to bring cash – no credit or debit cards are accepted. Ken Coughlin, founder of this saloon, built the Desert Bar at the site of an old copper mining camp in 1975. Although all remnants of the original camp are gone, its spirit lives. Today, while maintaining its Old West character, the inside of the saloon now boasts many vintage and one-of-a-kind features. Its windows are made out of old glass refrigerator doors, the bar stools are hand welded steel, the ceiling is made of stamped tin, and the saloon’s electrical supply is completely solar powered.
Off-road enthusiasts who come to the Desert Bar via the “back way” also have the opportunity to experience the steep hills and beautiful scenery on the way.You can see the magical wildlife and unique desert plants that give visitors a true taste of real Arizona. Offroad only, no paved roads Open October – April from high noon until sundown. (closed in the hot summer months and at the discretion of the owner).