Harquahala Peak ObservatoryTake I-10 east from Quartzsite to Salome Road, exit left (north)and drive 9.6 miles to Eagle Eye Road and turn right. Follow Eagle Eye Road for 8.5 miles to a dirt road and head north to the observatory.
Built in 1920 by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, this deserted survey center was never equipped with telescopes. The delicate equipment, perilously packed in by burros, consisted of special gages and meters designed to measure the heat, rays and distance of the sun. The observatory's recorded data was used for weather forecasts. No services. Four-wheel-drive required. Steep and rugged desert terrain in some places.
Information: 623-580-5500; www.az.blm.gov/pfo/harqc.htm
Havasu National Wildlife RefugeFrom Interstate 40 take Exit 1 near the Arizona-California border, then follow the signs to the refuge.
This refuge protects 30 river miles 300 miles of the lower Colorado River's shoreline
and Topock Marsh from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City. Popular recreation activities in the refuge include fishing, boating, hiking and wildlife watching.
Information: 760-326-3853; http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/arizona/havasu
Historic Route 66 MuseumIn the Powerhouse Visitors Center, in downtown Kingman on U.S. Route 66
The longest original stretch of U.S. Route 66 runs through downtown Kingman, giving it the moniker "The Heart of Historic Route 66." Murals, photographs and life-sized dioramas chronicle the development and history of the "Mother Road."
Information: 928-753-9889; www.kingmantourism.org/route66museum
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area10 miles west of Yuma off Interstate 8
Endless piles of pure sand and never seemed so fun. Be prepared to share it with plenty of loud, sand-faring buggies and motorbikes.
Joshua Forest Scenic RoadSpanning 54 miles of U.S. 93 from Wikieup to Wickenburg
Along this scenic drive, visitors pass through one of only three Joshua tree forests in the state. As the Joshua trees fade, the saguaros pop up amid dark volcanic rock and granite boulders that give way to Burro Creek, and then the valley of the Big Sandy River hugged by the rugged Aquarius Mountains to the east and Hualapai Mountains to the west.
Kingman Army Airfield Museum4540 Flightline Drive, off U.S. Route 66 in Kingman
Take a close-up look at the planes of days gone by, in this World War II air base converted into a museum.
Information: 928-757-1892; www.kingmantourism.org/to-do-and-see/museums/kingman-army-airfield-museum.php
Lake Havasu State Park699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City
This park is an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Amenities include three boat launch ramps, camp sites, beautiful beaches, nature trails, an interpretive garden, special events area and the famous London Bridge nearby.
Information: 928-855-2784; www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/havasu.html
Locomotive ParkIn downtown Kingman, across from the Powerhouse Visitors Center on U.S. Route 66
See Engine No. 3759, which traveled millions of miles on the rails before it was given to Kingman by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1957 as a historical monument. While you're at it, check out the red caboose, added in the 1987 "Great Locomotive Pull," when 1,200 Kingman residents pulled the engine 30 feet forward to connect the caboose.
Information: 928-757-7919; www.kingmantourism.org/to-do-and-see/kingman-attractions/locomotive-park.php
Martinez Lake Resort35 miles north of Yuma off State Route 95
The perfect place in the desert for cooling off with a little boating, birding, fishing, feasting or simply going with the flow.
Information: 800-876-7004; www.martinezlake.com