BUCKSKIN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip. The Parker Strip is an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam.
Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides. Wildlife is as varied as the recreational opportunities along the river. The park has a campground, waterfront camping, beach, hiking trails, boat ramp, picnic area, basketball and volleyball court, playground, and park store.
Facilities Available At Buckskin Mountain State Park:
Visitor Center/Gift Shop
The Buckskin Mountain State Park Visitor Center includes informative exhibits, an exciting video library, a book exchange, & plenty of information about the surrounding area. The rangers and park volunteers found here are a fount of information that will help the park visitors with enough area knowledge to have a great time!
From Jan-March the state park offers interpretive programs and ranger-led hikes at the visitor center.
Hours: January through March: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. April through December: upon request.
The state park also has a gift shop that offers park specific swag, souvenirs, drinks, snacks, and grocery items.
80 campsites are are available for both tent and RV campers, some with a riverfront views. Campsites at Buckskin Mountain are situated within close proximity to clean showers and restrooms. Sites come with electric hookups, 15 have sewer available. Every campsite comes with a BBQ grill and picnic table for your convenience.
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 two large BBQ grills. There is parking available for 28 vehicles, and 12 of the sites will accommodate vehicles towing small boat trailers. Day Use Fees are $10.00 per vehicle with up to four adults. Day use hours are 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Buckskin State Park dump station
The park has a dump station for use by paid overnight campers. Non campers wishing to use the dump station are subject to a $15.00 fee for use of the station.
All 3 restrooms at the park have clean, hot showers available to registered campers, and three regularly maintained restroom and shower buildings. One is handicap accessible.
Activities and Experiences
The extensive trail network at Buckskin Mountain leads users into exciting and diverse hiking experiences either into the western Arizona backcountry, or near the famed Colorado River. There’s no shortage of adventure here, and there’s even a trail that connects to nearby River Island State Park.
A two-lane boat ramp located in the park available to both campers, and day use visitors. The designated swimming area is for the use of visitors as well. Fishing for bass, sunfish, and catfish is typically good right from the park. Boat users will have access to a much larger section of the river which may increase their likelihood of catching fish.
Exhibits relating to local flora and fauna are located in the Contact Station and Visitor Center. To get the most out of their park experiences, we ask that visitors enjoy these exhibits and ask questions about them to park staff. We love sharing the rich, varied history of this area and truly enjoy talking about the local plants and animals.
Buckskin Mountain WildlifeWildlife Viewing
A variety of desert wildlife and bird species call Buckskin Mountain home either full time, just pass through once in a while, or migrate through the park on their annual journeys. Please remember while visiting that the birds and animals you may encounter while in the park are in fact wild. Please refrain from feeding the wildlife or approaching too closely. By giving them the space they require, there is a much larger chance they will stick around for future enjoyment.
Bobcats, ringtail cats, coyotes, and gray fox are regularly seen in the park and add a level of excitement to most visitors.
Snakes typically seen at Buckskin include the coachwhip (red racer), and king snake.
Desert lizards are prevalent here too! The desert iguana, and collared lizard are probably the most often encountered.
Birds include red-tailed hawk, Vermillion flycatcher, great horned owl, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, egrets, and a variety of both resident and migrating waterfowl.
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State Parks Amenities
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $10.00
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