Needle Mountains Panorama

Free camping and campgrounds
ARIZONA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
NEEDLE MOUNTAIN ROAD
LATITUDE: N 3442.840
LONGITUDE: W 11426.117
ELEVATION: 790'
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Needle Mountains
Needle Mountains

Just follow the road and pick your spot.
You can meet some great characters here,
after all, this is no man's land and you need
to be half crazy just being here. There are
campsites and firepits along the road. It is
hot and dry desert wastelands.

Needle Mountain Road Camp Area
Needle Mountain Road Camp Area

The first camp area is like a big parking area.
This area best for RVs and such. The road
continues, but gets rough and narrow.
Passenger vehicles need to take caution
There are areas of loose sand. Stay on
hard road surfaces...

Needle Mountain Road Camp Area
Camp Area

Needle Mountain Road Camp Area
Camp Area

Needle Mountains
OHV Area
Needle Mountains in background

Needle Mountains
Needle Mountains

Needle Mountains
Needle Mountains

The Colorado River runs along the base
of Needle Mountain, while not seen in the
above photos, it is out there...

Wild Burros
Wild Burros at Needle Mountain in background

There is evidence of wild burros...
We got lucky and found them about
15 minutes later, and with the Needle
Mountains in the background, but
never saw them after that.

Needle Mountains
Needle Mountains

Beavertail Cactus
Beavertail Cactus at Needle Mountain

Needle Mountain Road
Needle Mountain Road

DIRECTIONS:
I-40 east from the California/Arizona boarder
Exit 2.and there are signs clearly marking
Needle Mountain Road. It looks like the road
ends, but it continues a couple miles. You can
camp almost anywhere.

Flood damage on Needle Mountain Road
Flood damage on Needle Mountain Road
Apx. 20' deep wash cutting across the road.
Jan.27, 2010

Flood damage on Needle Mountain Road
Flood damage on Needle Mountain Road

ROAD CONDITIONS:
About a 1/2 mile dirt road.
The main road was washed out and you
have to drive down through the gulch.
Passenger vehicles need to use caution.
Not recommended for RVs

Cheapest gas is in Arizona!!!
Lake Havasu City is usually the best price
(Needles, CA is about the most expensive
gas in the USA)

Interstate 40 Bridge and the Colorado River
Interstate 40 Bridge and the Colorado River

Showers at Crazy Horse Campgrounds
in Lake Havasu City $4.00
Showers at Lake Havasu State Park
$7 per car

Shower at Q Laundromat in Quartzsite
$5 per person

Flowers at Needle Mountains
Flowers at Needle Mountains

Flowers at Needle Mountains
Flowers at Needle Mountains

Flowers at Needle Mountains
Flowers at Needle Mountains

Flowers at Needle Mountains
Flowers at Needle Mountains

Flowers in the Springtime
Flowers in the Springtime (2005)
Needle Mountain Road

It rained heavy is spring 2005 and turned
the whole desert green with flowers every-
where.

Historic Route 66 towards Havasu NWR
Historic Route 66 towards Havasu NWR
I-40 at Exit#1

Catfish Paradise and Needle Mountains
Catfish Paradise
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Needle Mountains in the background

If you take I-40 to Exit#1 and go north
towards Golden Shores is Havasu NWR.
This is part of Historic Route 66 with
some interesting history.

Catfish Paradise Views
Catfish Paradise Views

Catfish Paradise Boat Ramp
Catfish Paradise Boat Ramp

Catfish Paradise Vaulted Toilet
Catfish Paradise Vaulted Toilet

Catfish Paradise is a Day Use Area.
Boat Ramp and Wildlife Viewing.
Vaulted toilets, and garbage bins.
There are good shade areas to park.
(About 5 miles from Needle Mountain)

Historic Route 66 towards Oatman
Historic Route 66 towards Oatman, Arizona
Junction of Boundary Cone Road

Very scenic views on Historic Route 66

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

BILL WILLIAMS RIVER REFUGE
Bill Williams River Refuge encompasses
6,105 acres. Home to many native plants,
animals and migratory birds. Don't be
surprised to see bald eagles.

CRAGGY WASH
Craggy Wash is just north of Lake Havasu
City. The name is a accurate description...
Established primitive camping along the
road that winds through the canyons.

LAKE HAVASU
About 20 miles south on Highway 95

London Bridge Beach
London Bridge Beach

Also see: ALAMO LAKE
Also see:
BETTY'S KITCHEN
Also see:
BLAIR VALLEY
Also see:
BONELLI LANDING
Also see:
BOX CANYON ROAD
Also see:
CARRIZO BADLANDS
Also see:
CIBOLA / COLORADO RIVER
Also see:
COLORADO DESERT
Also see:
CRAGGY WASH
Also see:
CRYSTAL HILL
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / SALINE
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / WILDROSE
Also see:
GOVERNMENT WASH
Also see:
GREG'S HIDEOUT
Also see:
JOSHUA TREE
Also see:
LAKE HAVASU
Also see:
MOJAVE DESERT
Also see:
NILAND BOAT RAMP
Also see:
OSBORNE WASH
Also see:
PAINTED CANYON
Also see:
PAINTED ROCK PETROGLYPH
Also see:
PALM CANYON
Also see:
PALO VERDE
Also see:
QUARTZSITE / DOME ROCK
Also see:
QUARTZSITE / GOLD NUGGET
Also see:
QUARTZSITE / PLOMOSA ROAD
Also see:
QUARTZSITE / SCADDAN WASH
Also see:
SLAB CITY
Also see:
SWANSEA TOWNSITE
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WINDY POINT

Camped here Nov.23, 2004
Camped here 2005
Camped here 2006
Camped here Jan.14, 2007
Camped here Feb. 3, 2007
Camped here Jan. 5, 2009
Camped here Jan.17, 2010
Camped here Jan.28, 2010
The road was washed out this day...

Have camped here several times and never
saw another person, but other times it was
kind of crowded.

Parker 425 Desert race 2007
Parker 425 Desert Race
Feb.3, 2007

PARKER 425 DESERT RACE
Photos from Parker 425 Desert Race
Osborne Wash Area
February 3, 2007

Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain

SALVATION MOUNTAIN
Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain
Take Hwy.111 towards Niland, CA

UFO House in Yucca Arizonia
UFO House on Alamo Road
Alamo Road in Yucca, Arizona
Interstate 40 at Exit#25

We guess they landed here from another
planet and decided to stay. There are
several spaceships in the yard.

Historic Route 66 towards Oatman
Historic Route 66 towards Oatman
At the junction of Boundary Cone Road

Cactus on Boriana Mine Road
Organ Pipe Cactus and Joshua Trees
Boriana Mine Road

Cholla Cactus
Cholla Cactus completely cover the Mountains
Boriana Mine Road

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Camp and OHV Area
OHV Area
Camp on Needle Mountain Road

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Free campgrounds and camping
ARIZONA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
NEEDLE MOUNTAIN ROAD