Off-Highway Vehicle Areas

Lake Havasu Field Office
Copper Basin Off-Highway Vehicle Area
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12 miles northeast of Parker. Copper Basin Dunes OHV area is on the California side of the Colorado River. From Arizona Highway 95, cross the river at Parker Dam and travel south on Parker Dam Road. From Parker, Arizona, cross the river to California and travel 12 miles north on Parker Dam Road. The OHV staging area is on the west side of the road across from Big Bend Resort.

The Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area is a 1275 acre "Open" area. Vehicle use in the area surrounding the OHV area is limited to designated routes. The staging area provides a paved parking lot, restroom, loading ramp and bulletin board. Riding opportunities in this OHV area include the sand dunes, trails throughout the bajada and up into the canyons. These facilities were paid for and maintained with grant funds from California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation. Please support this program by maintaining current registration on your off-highway vehicle.

Best Season
Fall to Spring. It is advised that you contact BLM's Lake Havasu Field Office or the National Weather Service for current road conditions and weather forecasts.


• Empire Landing Campground
• Crossroads Campground
• Emerald Cove Resort
• Rock House Boat Ramp
• Windmill Resort
• Desert Rivera Resort
• River Land Resort
• Rio Del Colorado Resort
• Parker Dam Back Country Byway

General Location

Copper Basin is in the Lake Havasu Field Office Area


Day-Use Areas

The public can access the river at several day use areas.  Most are along the Parker Dam Road.  No fees for day use except where noted.

• Cable Car:  river access with parking - no facilities
• Quail Hollow:  river access, tree-shaded picnic areas, Back Country Byway site.
• Bullfrog:  river access, swimming beach, shaded picnic areas, pit toilet.  There is a $3 day use fee.
• Empire Landing:  river access, tree-shaded tent areas, outdoor shower, restrooms.  There is a $3 day use fee.
• Rock House Boat Ramp:  river access, boat launch facility, pit toilet.
• Bass Point:  river access - no facilities
• River View (AZ):  river access, picnic table, chemical toilet.

Public Camping
There are two public campgrounds on the Parker Strip where camping along the Colorado River is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There is a 14-day stay limit at each campground.

Empire Landing Campground

Directions:  Located about seven miles south of the Parker Dam on the California side of the Colorado River.  Look for the BLM sign. 

Crossroads Campground
Located along the Colorado River, the campground has 12 undeveloped campsites with picnic tables.  Pit toilets are provided.  This less developed camping area has a $4 use fee, which includes overnight camping.  An on-site BLM volunteer campground host can help you if needed.

Directions:  Located about eight miles south of the Parker Dam on the California side of the Colorado River.  Look for the BLM sign.

Source: BLM Web Site

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