Open 364 per year,
Buckskin Mountain State Park has one of the finest views along the
Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate
Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California
sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recreational
opportunities along the river. This scenic park provides picturesque
respite, mountain hikes, a desert escape and fun-filled water
The nearby River
Island Unit, about one mile north, is ideal for tent campers. It
offers a ramada with campfire ring, which may be reserved for group
use (fee required) except on holiday weekends. A sandy beach, cove,
and boat launch area are also located at the River Island Unit.
In the summer,
Buckskin and River Island are popular for boating, jet skiing,
swimming and camping. In the winter, visitors appreciate the mild
climate and enjoy camping, fishing and hiking in the park. Both
areas are year-round destinations for those looking to discover a
variety of recreational and cultural resources. The Colorado River
Indian Reservation is just east of Parker and archaeological sites
are scattered up and down Arizona's "west coast."
Parker Dam, the world's deepest
dam, is located approximately five miles to the north on Highway 95.
This 1,677-acre park has been operated by Arizona
State Parks since 1967.