Mohave Museum of History and Arts400 W. Beale St., Kingman
Dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history of northwest Arizona and Mohave County, the museum offers a variety of exhibits pertaining to the settlement and heritage of the area. Browse collections that include dioramas and a mural of early Kingman settlement, memorabilia of Andy Devine, a local cowboy actor, Indian crafts and a Mohave Village, a re-creation of an early Arizona street, old farm and mining equipment and more. A gift shop offers Indian crafts, books and other local memorabilia.
Information: 928-753-3195; www.citlink.net/~mocohist/museum/index.htm
Oatman/Goldroad Mining Towns30 miles southwest of Kingman on Route 66
Named after the Oatman family, victims of an 1851 Mohave Indian attack, Oatman began as a mining tent camp. It flourished until the closure of the mines and the building of I-40 took it off the map. Today Oatman and Goldroad, just 2 miles north, offer an authentic Old West adventure. Visitors can explore the Historic Oatman Hotel and other original buildings and mine shafts, shop for handmade Indian jewelry, leather goods and other souvenirs, or spend the day petting and feeding wild burros who visit the Oatman streets.
Information: 928-768-6222; www.oatmangoldroad.com
Parker Strip35 miles north of Quartzsite on SR 95
Between 1871 and 1908, Parker's commerce centered around a mere post office. Today, it centers around an abundance of activity on the Colorado River and the 11-mile stretch of shoreline known as the Parker Strip. Housing everything from upscale resorts to remote camping spots, the Strip has become world-renowned for its water skiing and other aquatic competitions but there are also plenty of places to enjoy the quiet side of the Colorado.
Information: 928-669-2174; www.parkerareachamberofcommerce.com
QuartzsiteAt the junction of State Route 95 and Interstate 10
Check out this quirky gem of a town with plenty of Arizona-style activities.
Information: 928-927-5600; www.quartzsitechamber.com
Sanguinetti House Museum240 Madison Avenue, Yuma
Meander through the picturesque home and gardens of Yuma's pioneering merchant.
Information: 928-782-1841; www.yumalibrary.org/ahs
WinchesterThree miles north of Vicksburg on State Route 72
This is quite possibly the shortest-lived town in history. When gold was discovered in a nearby mine in 1909, the town of Winchester was built to accommodate the rush. A year later the gold veins were tapped out and the largest town along the Arizona-California Railroad became the smallest, going from a population of 2,000 to zero. It has since existed as a ghost town with a few remaining structures and remnants.
Information: 928-859-3846; www.ghosttowns.com/states/az/winchester.html
Yuma50 miles west of Dateland on I-8
Yuma is fast becoming a big-city contender in the Southwest. The city offers fun and unique experiences for just about everyone. Yuma's fascinating geological and human history is recounted in places like the Sanguinetti House Museum, Fort Yuma Quechan Museum, the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, and Yuma Crossing State Historic Park. On weekends from October through May, the Yuma Valley Railway puts the wind in your hair with round-trip tours of the area, while local ghost tours, conducted by Yuma Spirit Hunters, will simply stand your hair on end. Nearby, acres of mountainous sand dunes beckon pedestrians and off-road enthusiasts alike.
Information: 928-782-2567; www.yumachamber.org
Yuma Crossing State Historical Park201 N. 4th Avenue, Yuma
Once a major military and railroad hub, this park preserves relics
like an authentic Southern Pacific steam locomotive
from their early Arizona endeavors.
Information: 928-329-0471; www.pr.state.az.us/parkhtml/yumacross.html
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park1 Prison Hill Road, Yuma
Check out the year-round, felon-free festivities at this former state penitentiary and high school.
Information: 928-783-4771; www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/yuma.html.