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Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

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Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

I have a trip planned to Bullhead City May 19-May 26. My husband and I with our kids ages 12 and 17. First trip out West. Looking for any and all suggestions on things to do, see, etc!! Thanks in advance!!!

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1. Re: Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

Bullhead City is on the Colorado River directly across the river from Laughlin, NV. You might want to also post this question in that forum.

It's unusual for someone's first trip out West to have Bullhead City as their destination. May I ask what draws you there? What sort of things does your family enjoy doing? Water sports, sightseeing, hiking, shopping, nature?????

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Yeah, Bullhead's a little random. Actually, in May, it's just terrible. Spending your time in Laughlin would be loads better, but still wouldn't be particularly great, especially for kids.

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3. Re: Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

Well, we have stayed in Bullhead but I must admit it's not a very exciting place for kids. Some things to do are:

1. Make a trip to Oatman. Very close to Bullhead and the kids will love it. Then drive over Sitgreaves pass to Kingman (a great old R66 drive) and return to Bullhead via az68 (or in reverse)

2. Drive to Laughlin. Take the jetboat over Colorado River to Lake Havasu City and back. 2 hours on the boat, 2 hours in Lake Havasu City and 2 hours back. See London Bridge in LHC. It's fun trip on the river and very fast! If I remember correctly the ride starts 10 am.

3.Just north of Bullhead is Davis Dam. You can visit it but not drive over the dam. There also is a marina (Katherine's Landing)

4. Go to Laughlin and stroll the riverwalk. It also leads through the casino's. The rides to LHC also leave from there.

5. A bit longer but also great for a daytrip is to drive to Searchlight from Laughlin and visit Mojave National Preserve. It's a future NP and great desert scenery.

6. Make a trip to Hoover Dam and visti the Dam. Very spectacular.

Between Bullhead and Laughlin is a small ferry. For more info go to the helpful Bullhead Visitor Center just north of Bullhead on your way to Laughlin on your left hand side.

Have a great trip.


Edited: 6:14 am, May 08, 2010
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4. Re: Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

We planned on checking out Laughlin and Lake Havasu area as well. We enjoy everything! So the more ideas the better! Bullhead City was much more reasonable to stay in for the week. We figured it was close enough to drive to anything during the day. Thank you for the replies!

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Well, that is a VERY strange place to go for your first trip out west. That part of Arizona isn't even scenic. I'm afraid you will be sorely disappointed with this trip.

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I'll agree that Bullhead City is about the last place I would choose as a vacation destination in AZ. Other than Laughlin, it isn't close to anything. It is generally the hottest place in the state, other than Yuma or Lake Havasu.

But if you keep your expectations low, it might be tolerable.

Edited: 7:27 pm, May 11, 2010
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7. Re: Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

There are some petroglyphs out near Christmas Tree pass west of Laughlin off hwy163 that may be interesting to see.Its off a dirt road.The historic Mojave Road (dirt)starts near Laughlin,but you need a high clearance vehicle.

It will be getting warm while you are there,you may want to rent a boat at Catherines Landing and go out on LakeMojave.

You are not terribly far from Vegas.One interesting place is Willow Beach Marina,south of Hoover Dam off Hwy 93.Rent a boat and head upriver towards the base of the dam.Several historic sites left over from dam construction are in the canyon.Some hotsprings are up there as well as great fishing and wildlife viewing,like bighorn sheep.

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8. Re: Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

It's not really close enough to anything to see anything. And, as already said, it will be very hot. 100+ degrees would be normal for the end of May,and it's not a "dry heat." It's on the river; it will be humid.

Why not go to the Grand Canyon? Explore Northern Arizona? If you search, you will find reasonable accommodations. Your kids will enjoy this much better. Laughlin is not a place for kids either.

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9. Re: Going to BullHead City, need suggestions!

I agree with all of the above posters. Especially if this is your first trip out West, I encourage you to choose a different city. As mentioned, Bullhead City is not scenic, there's not a whole lot to do there, and the weather is the hottest in Arizona. (Thankfully, the weather in general has been great in Arizona this spring, so it may only get to the high 90's/low 100's in Bullhead City during your visit. Normally it would easily be over 100 every day, maybe even 110 at the end of May.)

You're also not close to much of anything; it's at least a 2 hour one-way drive to the major sights, (except Vegas, which would be slightly less) so you may end up spending quite a lot on gas.

There are lots of reasonable lodging options in every major city/town in Arizona. If you give us a budget, perhaps we can help you find something. A better base would be Sedona or Flagstaff, depending on your itinerary. There are a number of national parks in Northern Arizona/Southern Utah that would be fun to explore; peruse this forum and the Road Trip forum for ideas/sample itineraries. You could also try to find lodging within the Grand Canyon Nat'l Park for a night or two; I just looked yesterday for a night next week, and was surprised to find a room available. (Staying within the GCNP is preferable to staying outside the park.)

Either way, hope you have a good trip!

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