Buckskin Mountain State Park is situated in Parker, Arizona and resides next to the Colorado River. The park borders California and has stunning views of the nearby Buckskin Mountains. Due to its climate, it can get to be very hot and humid, especially during the summer where temperatures can reach as high as 115-degrees Fahrenheit.
This state park often hosts events, like ice cream socials, that visitors can participate in to get to know one another as well as the park rangers. This park also has a small visitor center where you are able to stop by and learn more about the local flora and fauna. Keep in mind there is a park entrance fee that guests will need to pay in order to enter the state park.
There are plenty of things to do outdoors while at this state park. One option to consider is hiking through the grounds. You’ll find most of the trails wind around the nearby mountains and Colorado River, providing you with incredible views. A popular trail to try out is the Market Trail, which will give you panoramic views of the Colorado River and take you by an old mine. There’s also the Lightning Bolt Trail which runs about half a mile and is bordered by wildflowers and desert vegetation. You could also trek down the Lamb Springs Trail which will take you deep into the Arizonian backcountry and showcases old mines. In addition to these, there’s also a trail that connects this state park to nearby River Island State Park.
Another outdoor activity to try out while in this beautiful state park is wildlife watching. After collecting some binoculars or a camera, head out on to explore the grounds, watch migrations, and see if you are able to catch a glimpse of bobcats, coyotes, snakes, and desert lizards. The park is also ideal for birdwatching as it’s home to numerous desert birds like great horned owls, egrets, and turkey vultures.
Buckskin Mountain State Park is also popular for water activities. Thanks to its location next to the Colorado River, guests can go boating, fishing, or swimming. There is a boat ramp available, as well as a specially designated swimming area. However, keep in mind there is no lifeguard on duty. If you want to go fishing, you’ll find plenty of fish in the river which ranges from bass to catfish.
Camping at Buckskin Mountain State Park
Campers who book an RV rental in La Paz County are able to keep their motorhome at this campground for a small fee. The park has over 80 sites to choose from, including ones which offer riverfront views. Keep in mind that there is a 14-day limit to stay at the park when you are camping with an RV. A reservation is recommended to ensure you have a site to stay at when you arrive at the park with your RV rental.
Some amenities offered at the park include picnic areas with BBQ grills, a dump station, electric, and showers/restrooms. WiFi is available but only at the park’s campground porch area. There is also a ranger station nearby for those who have questions or concerns about their stay.
Exploring the Area
You’ll find quite a few unique places to visit with your rental RV while in the area. About two hours away in Riverside County, California is Joshua Tree National Park. This stunning national park is known for its towering rock formations, cactus, and quirky trees. In addition to its landscape, it offers many trails that give guests impressive views of the park.
You could also take a day trip with your Parker camper rental to Phoenix, AZ to see the Heard Museum. This museum is dedicated to telling the history of local Native American tribes and culture. You’ll discover plenty of exhibits to help you learn about this, which range from old textiles to dolls. It also hosts an Indian Fair and Market during the spring.
A few minutes away from Buckskin Mountain State Park is the Swansea Ghost Town. Situated in Swansea, this town was created in 1909 as a mining destination before it was eventually abandoned. Visitors can tour the remaining buildings and structures which include adobe homes, an old railroad station, and mine shafts. While here, you might also get to see wild animals which now inhabit the town, like wild burros and raccoons.
This park is located near a few small markets for those who need to buy some food or necessities. If you want to try some local culinary specialties, the area is known for its Navajo tacos and chimichangas.