Buckskin Mountain State Park
From camping and boating to swimming and hiking, Buckskin Mountain State Park has something for everyone. This desert oasis boasts mountain views on both sides of the Colorado River, making it a beautiful destination for all who are seeking to have some fun in the warm Arizona sun.
Located in Parker Arizona, 26 miles Southeast of Lake Havasu City, Buckskin Mountain State Park is situated on the stunningly beautiful shores of the Colorado River.
Sites and Amenities
There are 81 sites with water and 30 amp electric hookups, 15 of which also have a sewer hookup.
There is a dump station located near the back of the state park.
The three shower houses in Buckskin Mountain State Park are very nice and clean, with plenty of hot water.
A swimming beach is offered for those who would like to take a refreshing dip in the water. Keep in mind, the water in this river gets quite chilly in the “winter” months.
There are several places in Parker Strip that offer boat rentals if you don’t own a boat and are itching to get out on the water.
Buckskin Mountain State Park has a large dog park, where our furry friends enjoyed being off-leash for a while.
One thing that makes this campground different than most is the vast selection of hiking trails that are available to explore. From abandoned copper mines, to amazing mountain views, these trails do not disappoint. There is even a hiking trail that you can take all the way to River Island State Park! See more info about these trails here.
Our AT&T cell service was spotty, but it was usable most of the time with 2 bars of signal. Free high speed WI-FI is offered, but some campsites are out of range. To ensure a usable signal, try to reserve a site near the Group Ramada, which is closest to site number 24 (see map below).
Buckskin Mountain State Park currently allows you to reserve a campsite by visiting this AZ State Parks website. This is a very popular State Park in the winter months, so we recommend reserving a site as far in advance as you can. We heard several people say that they reserved their campsite a whole year ahead of time!
From April 1 through Sept. 30, there is a two night minimum stay for weekend camping. You must reserve both Friday & Saturday night.
For Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and Columbus Day Weekend, there is a three night minimum stay for holiday weekend camping: so you must reserve Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
We arrived January 13th, 2019. We camped at site #15, which was the only site available to reserve when we checked a few weeks prior. There is a warning on the reservation website that states “This site may have an odor issue due to proximity of Waste Water Treatment Plant “, however we did not experience this at all during our stay.
We stayed for 3 nights, in which we explored the state park and went on several walk and hikes. Unfortunately it rained for 2 of those days.
We got pizza from the nearby pizza joint, Papa’s Pizza. It was very delicious, and very large. I had to tilt the pizza sideways to fit it through our camper door!
The nice lady working at the visitors center told me about the little town of Oatman, AZ. She explained that there are wild burros (donkeys) that roam the town and you can feed them! So we decided to add that to our travel itinerary.
Buckskin Mountain State Park is a beautiful place with something for everyone. While having plenty of things to do, it is also far enough away from Lake Havasu City to avoid the hustle and bustle and relax a little.
We will definitely stay here again next time we are in the area!