Buckskin Mountain State Park

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Buckskin Mountain State Park


(928) 667-3231

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Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recreational opportunities along the river. This picturesque park provides scenic respite, mountain hikes, a desert escape and fun-filled water adventure. The nearby River Island Unit, about one mile north, is ideal for tent campers. It offers a ramada with campfire ring, which may be reserved for group use (fee required) except on holiday weekends. A sandy beach, cove, and boat launch area are also located at the River Island Unit.

In the summer, Buckskin and River Island are popular for boating, jet skiing, swimming and camping. In the winter, visitors appreciate the mild climate and enjoy camping, fishing and hiking in the park. Both areas are year-round destinations for those looking to discover a variety of recreational and cultural resources. The Colorado River Indian Reservation is just east of Parker and archaeological sites are scattered up and down Arizona's "west coast." Parker Dam, the world's deepest dam, is located approximately five miles to the north on Highway 95. About 25 miles north is Lake Havasu City, home of the famous London Bridge. This 1,677-acre park has been operated by Arizona State Parks since 1967.

Map of Buckskin Mountain (AZ)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.257453, -114.161075



  • Boating

    The park has a two lane launch ramp. There is no parking at the boat ramp. Campers must park back at their campsite. Day Use Visitors must park in the Day Use Parking lot. Non-motorized watercraft may launch at any boat ramp.

  • Camping

    A group camping area is located at the River Island just one mile north of the park. For more information visit River Island's facility page. There are 68 camping & RV sites. There are 21 cabana sites. There is a 14-night stay limit.

    The RV & Tent sites have water and 30 amp electric available, 15 of the sites also have a sewer connection. All sites have a BBQ grill and picnic table. There is no limit to maximum RV length at these sites.

    The 21 Cabana Sites overlook the Colorado River and are perfect way for tenters to enjoy the water. The cabanas have two and a half walls, a concrete floor and a roof. Cabanas have a 15 amp electrical outlet. Tents can be pitched on the ground between the cabana and the river. All sites have a BBQ grill and picnic table. Pets are not allowed in the cabana sites.

  • Fishing

    The park has fishing opportunities. Whether you sport fishing for Large and Smallmouth Bass or bottom fishing for Catfish and Carp with the Colorado River on two sides of the park anglers test their skills and try their luck at fishing. The kids will also enjoy fishing for Bluegill, Sunfish and Crappie.

    A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers fourteen and older. Licensing information is available online at Arizona Game & Fish, or purchase a fishing license at a local dealer.

  • Hiking

    Many visitors take advantage of a terrific network of hiking trails. Starting at the entrance to Buckskin is the steep and winding ½ mile round trip Lightning Bolt Trail that affords a wonderful view of the campground and Colorado River.

    From this trail, visitors can access the 1-mile loop Buckskin Trail. A very informative trail guide corresponding to numbered posts along the trail highlights native vegetation and can be obtained at the Ranger Station. A concrete pedestrian footbridge crosses Highway 95 and leads to two other one-way trails. Interruption Point Trail is a one-mile round trip trek to a scenic overlook. There is also a one-way trail travelling to a series of abandoned mines, roundtrip is about ½ mile. Ranger-led hikes are held January through March.

    From a brief excursion to an overlook or a several hour test of your endurance, the trails at Buckskin and River Island can meet your needs. Remember, for safety's sake, wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen and take along plenty of water. Have fun!

  • Picnicking

    A group day use area is located at River Island just one mile north of the park. For more information visit River Island's facility page. The day use area is located northwest of the Contact Station. It is a grass area with shade trees and overlooks the Colorado River. The area has picnic tables and 2 large BBQ grills. There is parking available for 28 vehicles, 12 of the sites will accommodate vehicles towing small boat trailers.

  • Water Sports

    The park offers swimming along all of the shoreline. Swimming is not allowed at the Boat Ramp or Docks. The park has a designated swim area located at the Day Use area. No Lifeguard on Duty. Swimming is at your own risk.



Buckskin Mountain State Park is located on Arizona Highway 95, about 12 miles north of Parker. The River Island unit is one mile north of Buckskin Mountain State Park.


Closest major airports are Pheonix and Flagstaff.

Phone Numbers


(928) 667-3231