Arizona April 26, 2016
8 Charming River Towns In Arizona To Visit This Spring
When it comes to river towns, Arizona usually isn’t the first location that comes to mind. That shouldn’t be the case! Arizona is home to not only a wide range of rivers but quite a few of our towns and cities are located along them as well. The best time to visit is shortly after rainfall or after the snow melts because that’s when the water really gets flowing in these towns. Here are a few that you can check out:
1. Bullhead City
Bullhead City sits along the Colorado River right across from Laughlin, Nevada. The city has always taken advantage of its natural water source; for a few decades in the 19th-century, steamboats were a common sight between Yuma and Bullhead City but these days you'll find rafters, boaters, and others using the waters. In fact, the city hosts annual events such as the River Regatta each August to encourage tourism and use of the river.
2. Camp Verde
verde going on here, all thanks to the local river. One of the many towns bisected by the Verde River, Camp Verde sits in the heart of the Verde Valley. Besides its picturesque views, Camp Verde is also home to quite a few historical and entertainment attractions, such as Fort Verde State Historic Park and Out of Africa Wildlife Park.
Cornville is a small community known more for its wineries than its corn. Oak Creek, an offshoot of the Verde River, winds its way through the community.
Greer is home to the beautiful mountain and pine setting you dream of relaxing in without the crowds you'll find in Flagstaff. Its location along the Little Colorado River only makes this area more appealing.
5. Lake Havasu City
Another city found along the Colorado River, Lake Havasu City is known for its vacationing atmosphere. Plenty of events and water-based attractions are found here, as well as the very famous London Bridge.
Here's our third town found along the east bank of the Colorado River and like its fellow river towns, it is a popular location for water-related sports and activities.
While the Salt River flows through the Phoenix metro area, Tempe is perhaps the only city that really maintains a feel of a river town with Tempe Town Lake. The city takes advantage of this water with a regular rotation of recreation activities and events, as well as creating a beautiful setting for waterfront property.
Yuma, I think, doesn't quite get the credit it deserves for being a river town. It, too, sits at the edge of the Colorado River before it empties into Mexico and has served a significant travel role in the last few hundred years since the distance between the east and west riverbanks are shortest here.
What other river towns do you know of that you enjoy visiting? Be sure to share your thoughts here or on our Facebook fan page!