Things to Do in Bullhead City
There is no shortage of things to do and see in the Bullhead City area. Attractions abound, along with a host of accommodations and dining options that make the region a great vacation destination for all ages.
A wide selection of dining options include: drive-thru fast food, a variety of take-out eateries, coffee shops, steak houses, gourmet restaurants and several varieties of ethnic cuisine, including Thai, Mexican, South American, Asian, Italian and more. The area is known for its value in accommodations, offering everything from top-of-the-line riverview suites, condos and hotel rooms to motels, RV parks and campgrounds. More than 15,000 hotel, motel and RV spaces await visitors to the area.
Laughlin’s 11 major resort casinos offer all the amenities expected of large Nevada casinos. Other area attractions include several golf courses, miles of sandy beaches, a variety of watercraft rental options, guided fishing and kayak tours, paddlewheel riverboat cruises, multi-screen movie theaters, bowling alleys, miniature golf and bumper cars. In the nearby Black Mountains, the historic Route 66 mining town of Oatman offers stagecoach rides, horseback riding, daily gunfights, wild burros and tours of an authentic underground gold mine.
Bullhead City is also home to the Arizona Veterans Memorial and Eternal Flame, a riverfront park set aside to remember those Arizonans who lost their lives serving our country in the last 100 years. The Arizona Veterans Memorial stands nine feet high, 40 feet wide and displays the flags of Arizona, the U.S. and each branch of the armed services along with 11 bronze plaques carrying the names of more than 3,000 service men and women from the state of Arizona who were killed in wars and armed conflicts in the last 100 years. On each side of the curved memorial wall are giant bronze eagles surrounded by 50 stars, each representing one of the 50 United States. The riverfront memorial park is open year-round and admission is free.
The Colorado River Valley is known across the Southwest as a year-round vacation paradise, offering a choice between the cold, fast-flowing Colorado River and the warm, smooth waters of Lake Mohave. Both are perfect for water sports such as boating, water skiing, personal watercraft and fishing throughout the year. Fishing has always been one of the region’s claims to fame. The area held the world’s record for the largest freshwater striped bass ever caught for more than 20 years. That giant, landed in the early 1980s, was caught just south of Davis Dam and weighed in at more than 58 pounds.
The arts are alive and well in the Colorado River Valley through the work of a number of organizations, individuals and businesses in the region.
Arts and Entertainment in Bullhead City
Mohave Community College
Mohave Community College strives to provide culturally enriching programs and opportunities on its Bullhead City campus. The “Voice of the River” community choir is based at the college and financially supported by the MCC Foundation. The campus hosts several art and crafts shows each year and live performances by students in the non-credit, personal enrichment classes for people of all ages. For information on upcoming events, contact the campus at (928) 758-3926.
Colorado River Concerts
Colorado River Concert Association, a volunteer nonprofit organization, offers an exciting selection of concerts each season at very affordable prices, from folk to operatic singers, dancers and instrumentalists. For more information, call (928) 754-4121.
River Valley Artist Guild
This local organization holds exhibitions and shows throughout the region each year. River Valley Artist Guild is a nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage individual efforts and community interest in the creative arts. Every year, the guild sponsors local arts programs including high school and community college arts scholarships, a high school art show, the Annual Black Mountain Art Show and the Arts and Crafts Fair held during Hardyville Days at Bullhead Community Park each October.
Located across the river from Bullhead City and just 90 miles south of Las Vegas, Laughlin is a unique resort destination with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that welcomes nearly three million visitors annually. This vacationers’ paradise on the Colorado River has grown to include nine distinct resorts with affordable first-rate accommodations, 24-hour casino action, buffet to gourmet dining options, a classic car museum, spa facilities and a state-of-the-art bowling center. Other destination amenities include an outlet shopping mall, two movie theaters, water taxis, riverboat cruises and a multitude of recreational activities. The Laughlin resorts house more than 152,000 square feet of meeting space throughout town and host everything from family reunions to corporate retreats and regional meetings. Complimentary valet and garage parking, full catering services, hospitality suites and personalized care complete the group gathering experience.
4th of July Laughlin also hosts town-wide special events such as a spectacular fireworks display, including food and music festivals. From headliners like Alabama, Reba McEntire, The Beach Boys, Crosby Stills & Nash, ZZ Top and Willie Nelson, to production shows like “Country Music USA”—and everything in between—Laughlin’s marquees boast music, comedy, theater, revues and more, all at affordable prices. Live band entertainment or DJs can be found at the hotel lounges most evenings for dancing and listening enjoyment.
The Colorado River’s aquatic terrain is a boater’s paradise with its unmatched beauty and sheer length, making the nation’s fifth longest river one of the most popular settings for water sport enthusiasts. The Lake Mohave/Lake Mead National Recreation Area is rich in wildlife and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, camping and water skiing. The Laughlin Heritage Greenway Park and Trails, Big Bend of the Colorado State Park and Grapevine Canyon provide hiking and picnicking for those who enjoy the great outdoors.
With all this and more, visitors who know the destination say, “Laughlin. It’s Like You Own The Place.” For more information, go to www.VisitLaughlin.com or call 1-800-4LAUGHLIN.