Things to Do in Parker

Things to Do in Parker AZ

No matter the time of year, the Parker area is a recreational haven for visitors and residents alike. From Native American culture to outdoor adventure, this portion of the Grand Canyon State has it all.

’Ahakhav Tribal Preserve

This 1,253-acre wilderness preserve was established in 1995 and to provide a revegetation area for animals and plants that are endangered. The ’Ahakhav Tribal Preserve offers plenty of recreational opportunities as well, such as birding, swimming, canoeing, and fishing, as well as a 3.5-acre park and a 4.6-mile fitness trail.

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

Take in picturesque views of the river, cliffs, marsh, and cottonwood-willow forest at the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge features opportunities for fishing, hiking, kayaking, hunting, and more. Plenty of wildlife, including 355 species of birds, more than 30 documented reptiles, 40 types of butterflies, over 50 kinds of mammals, and seven amphibians, make it the ideal place for photographers.

BlueWater Resort & Casino

Hit the jackpot at BlueWater Resort & Casino, a luxurious family resort located right here in Parker. Enjoy live entertainment, golfing, an indoor waterslide park, the beach, and more, all in addition to 24/7 access to the casino, where table games and over 500 slot machines await.

Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum and Library

Visit the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum and Library to see Native American photos, artifacts, exhibits, and the like, all while learning about the history and traditions of the four Colorado River Indian tribes.

Emerald Canyon Golf Course

For nearly 30 years, the breathtaking views of ravines and mountains have brought golfers of all skill levels to the challenging Emerald Canyon Golf Course. Given a four-star rating by Golf Digest, this course features 18 holes, a putting green, two practice greens, a lighted driving range, a full-service pro shop, and more.

Parker Area Historical Society Museum

Stop by the Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) Museum to learn about historic events and sites throughout the region. The area’s first families and tribal history is still a huge part of the area today.

Parker Dam and Powerplant

See the deepest dam in the world, the Parker Dam, which is a total of 320 feet in height. Below the dam, get a glimpse of the Parker Powerplant.

Parker Dam Road Scenic Byway

Go for a drive along the Arizona border on the Parker Dam Road Scenic Byway. With desert on one side and the Colorado River on the other, this passageway boasts picturesque vistas, all from the comfort of the car.

River Recreation

The beautiful Colorado River flows through Parker, making it a destination for water recreation. Residents and visitors alike love getting out on the river, which is perfect for a variety of activities like boating, jet skiing, and more.

Swansea Historic Ghost Town

Explore Swansea Ghost Town, the abandoned mining town that was home to gold seekers and gamblers. Explore the ruins that remain from the Old West for a one-of-a-kind adventure.