Local Area Attractions Near Needles KOA Journey
Historic Route 66
Ten drivable miles of Route 66 are within Needles' city limits. Along these 10 miles are landmarks including "El Garces," the Harvey House. Take a cruise on the "Main Street of America." Follow the "Historic Route 66" signs east or west, and immerse yourself in nostalgia.
Needles Regional Museum
Open in the winter and summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is a break in August for employee vacations.
Needles Municipal Aquatics Center
Features water slide, pool and kiddy play area.
Lake Havasu City and the London Bridge
Lake Havasu City, AZ, is just over 20 miles south of Needles and is a flourishing year-round community with shopping, restaurants, entertainment and parks, including a dog park located across the London Bridge.
London Bridge is nothing short of awesome. The bridge now enjoys British-themed surroundings including the English Village, Lake Havasu City's oldest shopping area. Activities include tours, guides, entertainment, and children's activities.
Oatman Historic Arizona Western Ghost Town On Historic Route 66
Voted the number one tourist attraction in the Tri-State area. Oatman, AZ is 25 miles northeast on Route 66 and is a thriving western ghost town and gold mining camp. Residents take pride in keeping this town as authentic as possible. "How the West was Won" is only one of many famous movies filmed here. Oatman is open all year with reenacted gunfights, saloon girls, shops, restaurants and gold mine tours. See where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their wedding night! Enjoy the friendly, wild burros.
The construction of Hoover Dam created Lake Mead, the world's deepest man-made lake. Just a few minutes away is Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the gateway to year-round recreation: fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, sight-seeing, and camping. Lake Mead provides a paddle wheel boat for cruises around the Lake and to Hoover Dam.
London Bridge Jet Boat Tours
Come join us and experience an enjoyable, scenic jet boat ride on the rugged Colorado River. Our boats are the largest, fastest and most comfortable jet boats in town. Sit back and relax while London Bridge Jet Boat Tours takes you on a fun filled day excursion.
Old Route 66 Nature Trail
Located along Historic Route 66 directly opposite this KOA! The desert is anything but barren. Pick up a self-guided tour brochure at the trailhead and explore. Another nature trail only 5.9 miles away is Geezer Nature Trail at the Needles Regional Senior Center, corner of Bailey Ave and Lillyhill Drive.
Needles Recreation Center
The Recreation Center is only 6.3 miles away, has full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, an arts and crafts room, activities room, game room, restrooms, showers and a kitchen. Call 760-326-2814 for information.
Fishing and Hunting
Fish the Colorado River, Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave with their many nooks and crannies! Species include catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, and hefty rainbow trout. The stripers winter in Lake Havasu and move up toward Needles in spring and summer. The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge with many no-wake zones is an excellent area to fish as well. Fishing is accessible with boats or by simply hiking shorelines. Three boat-launching locations nearby (your friendly KOA staff can give you directions):
Rainbo Beach Marina - 3520 Needles Hwy., 760-326-3101.
Needles Marina Park - 760-326-2197
Jack Smith Memorial Park - 760-326-2841
You may Hunt in specified areas and during specific seasons. Game includes bighorn sheep, cottontail rabbits, migratory birds, quail, coot, and snipe. Hunt safely and obey all rules.
For more information on fishing and hunting, contact the U.S. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife for rules, permits, restrictions, and information, 760-326-3853; the California Department of Fish and Game, 909-597-9823; or the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, 602-942-3000.
Water Skiing and Boating
The Colorado River flows a steady 4 to 8 MPH making the river smooth as glass and great for water skiing. Skiing is available year round; however, most start in March when temperatures rise. New and seasoned water skiers find this river's skiing the best in the world! The Colorado River stretches 88 miles between Davis Dam, through Lake Havasu and south to Parker Dam. Boating, Jet Skiing, canoeing, and kayaking the Colorado River and Lake Havasu is diverse, challenging and great fun!
Rock Hounding and Hiking
The Turtle Mountain Wilderness is a rock hound's dream-come-true with fire agate, jasper, opalite and more. Each rain uncovers something new! To access the trailheads drive 22 miles south on Hwy. 95 to Turtle Mountain Rd. Travel west 10 miles to where the road splits and take the south fork 3 miles to two house ruins (formerly Lost Arch Inn) and park your vehicle. The trailheads include:
Mohawk Spring Trail - an easy 2 mile round-trip hike
Coffin Spring Trail - an easy 6 mile round-trip hike
Mopah Spring Trail - an easy 8 mile round-trip hike
Mopah Peak Trail - a difficult 8-mile round-trip hike
Visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Needles Field Office, 101 W Spikes Rd, Needles, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., for information and maps or visit BLM online.
One great off-roading opportunity is the Mohave Road. Roughly 15 miles north off Needles Highway; this restored road is well marked. Enjoy driving this ancient route, once a native trail then later a wagon trail. The desert offers many off-roading trails. Visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Needles Field Office for information and maps.
Mohave Valley Raceway
Racing is held from Feb. through Nov. and features IMCA modifieds and other stock car classes. Drive north about 5 miles on Hwy. 95 then east on Laguna Rd. 1.5 miles to 2750 Laguna Road. Phone 928-346-3000 or visit Mohave Valley Raceway online for more information.
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Topock Marsh/Topock Gorge
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Topock Marsh/Topock Gorge along the Colorado River between Needles and Lake Havasu City is a 4,000-acre network of marshes, ponds, bays, and channels teaming with fish and wildlife. Float the gorge with its breathtaking scenic beauty. View the gorge's rock wall formations, lava rock pinnacles, arches, and ancient hieroglyphics.
Moabi Regional Park
Located 11 miles southeast on I-40, Moabi Regional Park is home to the famous spring and fall annual Model Boat Races.
Located 12 miles south off I-40, this maze is not a true maze but a series of windrows (wind erosion) creating a geometric pattern. Mohave warriors returning from battle would stop for spiritual purification before returning home. Visit or call the Museum at 760-326-5678.
Providence Mountains State Recreational Area and Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve
Providence Mountains State Recreational Area and Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve are located 60 miles west on I-40; exit Essex Rd., and travel north. Guided cave tours are available Labor Day through Memorial Day. Hiking, walking and exploring above ground is breathtakingly beautiful in itself. There are fees for park use and an additional fee for cave tours.
Laughlin, NV is one of the area's fastest growing gaming communities. Located just over 20 miles north, find excellent shopping, entertainment, casinos, and restaurants for every taste. All that plus the challenging Emerald River Golf Course are only a few good reasons to visit.
Bullhead City, AZ, opposite Laughlin on the east side of the Colorado River, is close to Lake Mohave and home to several great golf courses. One can't find a better location to fish, golf, boat, water ski, jet ski or just relax. Climb aboard one of the passenger boats that traverse the river and visit Laughlin, NV.
Grapevine Canyon, AZ is just north of Laughlin, NV on Hwy. 163. Turn at Christmas Tree Pass and follow the signs to the parking area. See spectacular views of ancient native petroglyphs on sheer cliff walls. You'll need to hike a short ways to view the walls, but it's well worth the effort.
Mojave National Preserve
Attractions include ranching activities, hiking, historic and modern mining operations, geologic features like Cima Dome, the Cinder Cones and the Kelso Dunes. Also, there is a big chance you will see animals like Bighorn Sheep or Desert Tortoises.
Located in the Providence Mountain State Park approximately 60 miles west of Needles. These limestone caves feature stalactites, stalagmites, flow-stone and other formations of interest. Cavern tours lasting approximately one hour are available daily Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend. Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. throughout the summer.
Enjoy the rock formations as you boat or canoe through this Gorge. The gorge is a wilderness area. It features some Indian petroglyphs that are accessible only from the river.
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
The beauty of the refuge is seen best by boat or canoe.
Enjoy this day tour of precise arrangements of rocks. Th maze is located approximately 12 miles south of Needles off of Interstate 40.
Indian Petroglyphs on sheer cliff walls in a canyon with year-round streams. Be prepared for a short hike.
Oatman is located a scenic 45 minutes northeast of Needles. It is a famous gold mining center