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Parker, Arizona

Parker, Arizona

Parker is a fun recreational town on Arizona's West Coast. It is a town that grew because of its location, along the Colorado River. Boaters' affectionately refer to it as the "Parker Strip," quite possibly the finest 16-mile stretch of water for recreational boating on the face of the earth. Visitors can also go camping in nearby Buckskin Mountain State Park or explore the rugged terrain of the nearby Buckskin Mountains. Because of its ideal sunbelt climate, Parker boating and outdoor recreation begins at the first hint of spring, often as early as mid-March, extending all the way to November's Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The town itself dates back to 1888 when it was founded by William E. Parker as a trading post near the Colorado River. The area is also rich in tribal history, with the Colorado River Indian Tribes occupying the region since the late 1800s. The town of Parker still pays homage to its roots with a number of cultural events and museums that celebrate the tribe's heritage.

Modern amenities abound in Parker, such as restaurants, shops, and galleries. The town's location just two hours outside of Phoenix makes it a great spot for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Parker Dam

Parker Dam spans the Colorado River between Arizona and California, 155 miles downstream from Hoover Dam. Built between 1934 and 1938 by the Bureau of Reclamation, Parker Dam is operated with Hoover and Davis Dams to bring water and power benefits to residents of the lower Colorado River Basin.

Parker, AZ Landmarks

Poston Memorial Monument

This monument marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center where 17,867 persons of Japanese ancestry were interned during World War II. History of the Center is inscribed into the monument and at an information kiosk on the property.

Parker, AZ Monuments

Parker Historical Society Museum

The temporary building (donated by the Beaver family)

Parker, AZ Museums

Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum and Library

The Colorado River Indian Reservation is unique in the sense that it is occupied by four (4) distinct tribal groups:

Parker, AZ Museums

Aha Khav Tribal Preserve

The "Ahakhav Tribal Preserve is a serene wetlands and backwater area of the River. The Preserve has been make possible through the efforts of the CRIT Education Department, who are returning the area to its natural habitat. It currently consists of 1,253 acres of wilderness area and a 3.5

Parker, AZ Nature Preserves

Things to do near Parker, AZ

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