Monday, December 16, 2013

Buckskin Mountain State Park, AZ, Day 8

Parker Dam
Monday, December 16, 2013, Buckskin Mountain State Park, AZ, Day 8 - 0 miles, 4,822.7 For the Trip

Another slow morning. After breakfast I headed up US 95 to Parker Dam. Not the most impressive dam I've seen, but it does make Lake Havasu & provides quite a bit of electricity for the area. They have a guard posted in the middle of the dam. Other security measures include barriers on each side limiting the size of the vehicles that can cross the dam, no pedestrians on the dam itself, and closing the road at night.  A couple more dam pictures at today's LakeshoreImages post.

After visiting the dam I headed south to Quartzite. Yes, it doesn't make any sense since it is a 48 mile trip & I'm not actually going there to camp until early February, but when ever possible, I like to check out where I'm going before I haul the trailer. Actually, it was probably a good idea. It took me a bit to find the Dome Rock area, in fact, although I found it, it is so large that the Fiberglass rally could be anywhere. I did talk with the host and cleared up some of the free 14 day stay into & the Long Term camping areas & costs. I'm still a little confused - one host says the $140.00 full season price only covers the Quartzite area while another says it is good for camping in all of Arizona, and California. Since I don't plan to purchase the long term camping ticket it really doesn't matter.

I stopped at the Parker Safeway hoping they would have some of the good meatballs I got at an Alabama Safeway, but no dice. I picked up a couple of sausages instead. So, dinner was Spaghetti and Sausage!

Until tomorrow -


  1. We're planning on being at the Q egg gathering again, & hope to meet you. It starts on the west end, right next to the frontage road. Can't miss em. As the crowd grows, people park south away from the road, up on the hills. I think the LTV pass only covers BLM areas around Q & Yuma AZ for 6 [maybe 8] mos camping.

  2. Crossing Hoover Dam was impressive, as is its history. Parker Dam sounds that in its scale, it is as well.
    Happy trails, Jon.