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Location and Overview

Parker Strip Recreation Area is situated along the Colorado River between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam in the state of Arizona. This stretch of the river, known as the Parker Strip, is renowned for its recreational activities, including camping, boating, fishing, and water sports.

Camping Facilities

Camping in Parker Strip Recreation Area can range from developed campsites with amenities to more primitive, dispersed camping areas. Campgrounds typically offer facilities like restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings, and access to water. There are also sites that may provide hookups for RVs. When planning a camping trip here, make sure to check the specific campground details for amenities and services offered.


  • Boating and Water Sports: The Parker Strip is known for its boating activities. You can bring your own boat or rent one to enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, or simply cruising on the Colorado River.
  • Fishing: Anglers can try their luck fishing for various species of fish, including bass, catfish, and carp.
  • Hiking and Nature Trails: For those who prefer land activities, hiking trails are available nearby providing beautiful views and wildlife spotting opportunities.
  • Off-Roading: The surrounding area is also popular for off-road vehicles, with trails and open spaces suitable for ATVs and dirt bikes.

Permits and Fees

A fee or permit is often required for camping or daily use within the recreation area. Fees can vary depending on the campground and the type of camping space you require (e.g., tent site versus full RV hookup). It's advisable to check with the managing agency for the most up-to-date information and to secure any necessary permits in advance.

Climate and Best Time to Visit

The Parker Strip is characterized by a desert climate, meaning it can be extremely hot during summer, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F. The best time to visit for camping would be during the spring or fall when the weather is more favorable. Winters can also be a great time to camp, although evenings can get quite cold.

Wildlife and Environment

The Colorado River environment supports a range of wildlife, including birds, fish, and small mammals. Always observe wildlife from a safe distance and do not feed any animals. Be mindful of the natural surroundings and practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the ecosystem.

Local Regulations and Safety

Campers should familiarize themselves with local regulations, such as fire restrictions, especially during dry or windy conditions. It's also important to exercise water safety if engaging in river activities, as currents can be strong.

Lastly, since you'll be camping in a desert region, it's crucial to stay hydrated, wear sun protection, and be prepared for the possibility of encountering desert wildlife like snakes and scorpions.

Before you head out on your camping trip to the Parker Strip Recreation Area, it's a good idea to check with the Bureau of Land Management or other local land managing agencies for any alerts or updates regarding the area.

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