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Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
4220 S. Needles Hwy #3

Situated on the shores of the Colorado River at Nevada’s southern tip, Big Bend of the Colorado River includes about two miles of sandy shoreline. Because the park is downstream from Davis Dam, the river is clear and cool year round. Popular activities are camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching. The variety of waterfowl and shore birds that make this park home include mallards, coots, herons and geese. Hawks, roadrunners, quail, hummingbirds, doves and owls are also abundant in the park. The nearby town of Laughlin offers the amenities of a Nevada gaming town.


Camping: Big Bend boasts a 24-unit campground that is accesible year-round. All sites are on a first come, first served basis, reservations are not available. All sites are designed to accommodate RVs with hook-ups for water, electric and sewer. In addition, most of the sites have pull-through parking pads that can accommodate any size RV. The sites also have a tent pad, a shade ramada, barbecue grill and fire pit. Three of the sites are ADA equipped and available for those visitors with the proper ADA permit. Other amenities include restroom and shower facilities. Camping is limited to 14 days in a 30-day period.

Picnicking/Day Use: Shade ramadas are located along the shoreline in both the day use and boat-ramp areas, some of which have tables and barbecue grills.

Boat Launch: A two-lane boat ramp offers access to the river through a man-made lagoon that shelters the ramp from the river's current. A paved parking lot is available for boat trailers.

Hiking: About four miles of trails weave throughout the developed area of the park. The canyons in the area of the park west of the Needles Highway offer plenty of undeveloped areas to hike and explore.

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