Sunday, January 26, 2014

1/22 Big Bend of the Colorado State Park

This is going to be one of my favorite places to camp.  This state park is located about 20 miles north of Needles, California, and about 50 miles south of Lake Mead.  It is quiet, has full hookups, good cell service, is inexpensive, and has the biggest camping sites I have ever seen!

Nice covered picnic table, also.

Here is one of the bigger empty sites. They also have some back-in sites, and some are a little smaller, but all are very large.  The size of the spaces and how far they are apart makes it quieter and provides privacy.  Also, the road is not tremendously busy, and is a few hundred feet away.

There is no view of the river from campsites because of the shrubbery, but it is a reasonable walk down to the day use area where you can look across to Bullhead City and Fort Mohave which is slightly south.  There are a lot of very expensive homes along the river on the other side.

This is the day use beach, but since at least today they were releasing large amounts of water from Lake Mead, the current was very fast and dangerous.  No one was around, in any case.

I headed upriver in my RV to check out Davis Dam.  Unfortunately, it was not possible to drive up to the top, and it was too far to walk, so I could not see the lake on the other side.  That is on my list for next time I come this way.  In any case, you can see the large, mostly earthen dam in this photo.  To the far right, you can see a corner of the powerhouse and spillway.  I pulled into the very pleasant park to the right so I could take some photos.

Water was pouring out of all of the spillways today because of the drought in California.

I am always a bit surprised at how they put covers on playgrounds in Nevada and Arizona! If you look beyond the playground, you can see the motorhome under a metal roof.  This park has two volunteer caretakers who live in motorhomes.  For volunteering, they each get a covered camping pad with full hookups and a very lovely view!  Nice place to picnic if you come to this area.

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