Before the COVID 19 pandemic an increase in opportunities for remote work was transforming American migration trends. Often these new migrants abandoned large metropolitan areas and relocated to progressive rural communities. And communities that could offer a diverse array of recreational opportunities became a primary focus.
Bullhead City, Arizona on the Colorado River is ideally suited to capitalize on this trend. It is at the center of recreational opportunities for every season and interest. And it is also conveniently located in proximity to major cities such as Las Vegas, Nevada, Phoenix, Arizona and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
With Bullhead City on the Colorado River as the center point, within a radius of 100 miles are a diverse array of attractions, recreational opportunities and cultural activities. As a bonus, a resident of the upper Colorado River Valley can literally pick their season with a relatively short drive.
As an example, during the months of winter when the temperatures along the Colorado River are moderate or even warm, it is a drive of less than seventy miles to Hualapai Mountain Park. Snow is common on the peaks around Hualapai Mountain Resort that offers fine dining, an event center and motel. Elk are a common site in the parking lot.
And in the months of summer the park offers a respite from desert heat. There are miles of shade dappled hiking trails under towering pines. Rustic cabins, an RV park and other amenities make it an ideal weekend getaway.
The scenic wonderland that is Grand Canyon Caverns is only a ninety mile drive to the east. This includes miles and miles of scenic driving on historic Route 66. The renovated motel built in the mid 1960s is a living time capsule. Within the caverns there is an opportunity for a unique overnight experience that is promoted as the world’s darkest and deepest motel room.
There are an array of caverns tours including a short hike along paved trails, wheelchair accessible tours, and spelunking adventures. And you can dine above or below ground.
Located at 5,300 feet in elevation, the award winning RV park is an ideal summer getaway. But in any season the caverns is a delight. After all, summer or winter the 57 degree temperature in the caverns remains consistent
The scenic wonders of the Mojave National Preserve is a ninety mile to the west. The 1.6 million acre park includes the Kelso sand dunes, stark cinder cone volcanoes, a large Joshua tree forest, and often during the months of spring, carpets of spring wildflowers that add colorful contrast to the harsh landscapes.
Originally opened in 1924 as a train station, Kelso Depot was renovated and reopened in 2005 as the Visitor Center for Mojave National Preserve. The former dormitory rooms contain exhibits about the cultural and natural history of the surrounding desert. A gallery features rotating fine art collections by local artists that showcase the natural splendors of Mojave National Preserve. The baggage room, ticket office, and two dormitory rooms have been historically furnished to illustrate life in the mining and railroad town of Kelso.
There are an array of picturesque remnants of the old town established in 1905 as a railroad water stop on the route from Los Angeles to Salt Lake. At its peak almost 2,000 people lived in the town that included a roundhouse and other railroad maintenance facilities. Many worked at the large iron mine nearby.
If your looking for a new place to call home, a place that offers unlimited opportunity for recreational opportunities and memorable weekend getaways, contact the Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce. Discover what makes this desert oasis one of America’s top places to live.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America