This was our second of two day trips in January to help us decide
where we wanted to go this spring after leaving Yuma Proving Ground.
A couple of our RV park neighbors like camping in the Lake Havasu City, AZ
area farther north of us so we drove up there on this date to check it
out as a possible destination before or after visiting Joshua Tree
View of Lake Havasu from an overlook south of the
It was a great day for a drive -- sunny, 50 F to the low 70s,
minimal wind, brilliant sunset, end of the full moon.
This trip was much less tiring than the large loop we did in southern
California last week. It was "only" about 150 miles to the
northern end of Lake Havasu City, which stretches out quite a ways on
the Arizona side of the Colorado River. Our only side trip was a short
one down to the Parker Dam at the southern end of the very long lake.
Roundtrip distance = about 300 miles.
Our route was simple:
just follow US95 north to Quartszite, cross I-10, and follow AZ 95 through
Parker on the east side of the river to Lake Havasu City. Here's our
track, marked in yellow:
YPG is about where I put the green dot in the lower left corner.
Most of the scenery was new to us north of Quartszite. Near Parker we
stopped to sight-see and take photos at Parker Dam, which controls the
flow of water in the Colorado River from the southern end of Lake Havasu:
Lake Havasu stretches from the Parker Dam north past Lake Havasu City to
I got these photos of the mountains and lake, including the one near the
beginning of this entry, between Parker and Lake Havasu City:
THE REAL "LONDON BRIDGE," RE-CONSTRUCTED
Lake Havasu City is similar to many other towns and cities in Arizona in
that its population swells in the winter months, when snowbirds from
farther north in the U.S. and Canada flock to its warmth. The
population is over 52,000 people.
Our favorite part of the city was the nice park along Bridgewater
This body of water flows under the London Bridge, which was dismantled
in London, England and shipped to Arizona. It was originally built over
the River Thames in 1831:
I don't know why the bridge didn't remain in England when it was
dismantled. It's now called the world's largest antique.
The Convention and Visitors' Bureau
website notes that when it was
disassembled, each piece was numbered so it could be reassembled
properly in Arizona in the late 1960s, with some structural
modifications to make it strong enough for modern vehicle traffic. We
drove over it to get to the city park:
Jim and Casey head toward the London Bridge.
There were lots of colorful ducks in the channel of
We enjoyed walking along the channel and spending some time in the
fenced dog park run by the Lion's Club.
Casey had a blast at the dog park, which is one of the nicest we've seen
in all of our travels. It's very large, well landscaped, has some shade and
lots of grass, and there are a few benches to sit on. This photo doesn't
even show all of the dog park:
Casey was quite the social butterfly. She played with every dog, from
small terrier to St. Bernard, and greeted every person. She was aware
each time someone new came in and quickly went up to them. She got loads
of attention. She came back to us occasionally but we kept a much closer
eye on her than she did on us.
Cody hung closer to us and got some petting, too. He's becoming more
"clingy" as he gets older; he's almost 13 now, pretty old for a
We kept an eye out
for RV parks and campgrounds along
the river between Parker and Lake Havasu City.
We could see some
private RV parks on both sides of the river but didn't go down or try to
cross the river to see any of them because they looked so crowded, with RVs
practically sitting on top of each other. We're spoiled with the larger sites at
most military campgrounds!
Above and below: This one appears to have
mostly mobile homes and/or park models.
This RV park looks nicer to us than the one above.
The RVs are very crowded here.
The campground that we could see from the road on the Arizona side of
the river that we liked the best is at Buckskin Mountain State Park north of Parker.
I don't have any pictures of it.
Although we have decided
not to visit this area again this spring, it looks interesting enough that
we may come back for a while another year if we can find a suitable place to
camp when we want to be there. We had an enjoyable day trip today and we learned some
about this part of Arizona, so it wasn't wasted time or gas.
Next entry: bike rides to scenic Mittry Lake, near YPG
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2016 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil