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Bullhead City attractions?

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Bullhead City attractions?

We're new to Bullhead City and would like to know some of the inexpensive things to do around town and the region. We've been to Laughlin and it's anything but inexpensive. Any thoughts?

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1. Re: Bullhead City attractions?

What types of things are you looking for?

By referring to Laughlin as "anything but inexpensive" I assume this means you're talking about gambling? I always looked at Laughlin as a cheap place to go for a weekend getaway. Cheap rooms, cheap buffets, cheap (or in some cases free) entertainment.

Once the weather cools off a bit, you should be able to enjoy some outdoor activities (hiking in the surrounding area, swimming in Lake Mohave, etc.). Have you checked out the Classic Car Museum at Don Laughlin's Riverside Casino and the American Heroes Museum at the Tropicana Express (assuming it is still there since they changed hands or at least their name?)

If you're willing to strike out a bit to the Las Vegas area (Hoover Dam, college theater products, community centers, beautiful state parks), Southern California (Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Monument, etc.) and the rest of western and northern AZ, you'll find plenty of opportunities to learn more about the southwest, Route 66 and take in some natural beauty.

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2. Re: Bullhead City attractions?

The chief attraction of Bullhead City is for old frostbacks to come down and spend the winter without freezing to death. They drive across to Laughlin for cheap buffets. Being alive and fed come spring was always attraction enough.

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3. Re: Bullhead City attractions?

Wow, thanks a bunch. I wasn't aware people actually read these things regularly. You had a lot of good ideas. I also agree about waiting until the weather cools a bit. It's a bit counter-productive to do anything strenuous in this heat.

I also happen to be an avid gold prospector so if anyone has any knowledge of places to prospect near BC that, too, would be great!

Thanks again - I look forward to getting out and having some fun. Btw...we haven't been here long but already we love it here and consider ourselves "locals".

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4. Re: Bullhead City attractions?

We once made a day excursion from Laughlin to Lake Havasu City via Oatman. This was a few years (or more) ago, but we had fun checking out the London Bridge (really) in LHC and the wandering donkeys in Oatman.

I don't know much about prospecting, but I'm sure there's a forum for that! Oatman is a former mining town:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oatman,_Arizona

as is Searchlight, NV, about 30 minutes north of Laughlin:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searchlight,_Nevada

so you might enjoy exploring these tiny little towns for their history.

On a slightly different note, but I bring it up since it's nearly free entertainment, and depending on how you look at it, may be sort of like prospecting in that it's searching for treasure, have you ever heard of or looked into Geocaching? All it requires is a GPS receiver, an Internet connection and a sense of adventure.

www.geocaching.com

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If you haven't been to the Mojave National Preserve in California, I think that's worth some time. They've done a really good job restoring the depot in Kelso to a visitors center and it's a really pretty region.

Not sure where they're at on the project, but the city has been working for a number of years to restore the old Harvey House in Needles, called the El Garces. Something to at least check out on the way through, I think: http://www.elgarceshotel.com/

There's also Hualapai Mountain Park, just as a way to slightly get out of the heat: http://www.mcparks.com/hualapai_mt_park.htm

And Alamo Lake is great for fishing, camping and wildlife viewing: http://azstateparks.com/parks/ALLA/index.html

For prospecting, the federal lands where you'd be able to do that are administered by the BLM. Their field office in Kingman would be a good place to start to get info on it: blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/kingman_field_office.html

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6. Re: Bullhead City attractions?

Be sure to visit Oatman and Sitgreaves Pass beyond. It's also a great stretch towards Kingman via R66 (IR10). From Laughlin you can take a jetboat over Colorado River through Topock Gorge to Lake Havasu City. 2 hours ride, 2 hours for LHC and 2 hours back. (driving won't be faster). Starts around 10am from behind the casinos.

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If you are interested in prospecting you should check out the Mohave County prospoctors club. http://www.mohaveprospectors.org/ The are really nice people.

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