Friday, January 20, 2017

Davis Camp County Park

We arrived at Davis Camp County Park near Bullhead City Arizona in a rather serendipitous manner.  We had spent the previous night north of Needles California parked in the Avi Casino dry parking lot.  Our goal for the day was to move on up the Colorado River and bird at Big Bend of the Colorado State Park, a Nevada State Park that we had stayed in once before. Arriving at the park we discovered it cost nine dollars just to enter for day use. That rather rubbed us the wrong way, plus the campground looked full, so we drove on to Laughlin were we thought we might bird at a bridge park and spend the night in a casino parking lot.  Laughlin was crowded and a complete turn-off for me, so we moved on to our next back-up idea.  I had noticed while looking at eBird Hot Spots that there was a campground just across the river called Davis Camp, so we crossed the Colorado River and went to explore.  We found Davis Camp to be a huge park with day use areas and a variety of camping options.  We decided on taking a dry camping site (no hook-up) as shown above for a night to get acquainted with the park. 

This next photo shows just how close Davis Camp is to the casinos of Laughlin. All the glitter and crowds of the Nevada side of the river seem so close, and yet so far away from the calm and quiet of Davis Camp on the Arizona side. First thing we did was go for a bird walk and scope out the campgrounds.  As we walked the area, spotting many of the birds of Arizona that we have enjoyed in past years,  it became obvious that this is exactly what we were looking for. The expansive riparian area along the river, and the river its self provides a great variety of bird life.  Camping sites are numerous. It was clear to us, we wanted to spend more time here. 

 Campsite #18

The next morning we selected this site, and after a run into Bullhead City for groceries and lunch, moved in. This is in the water & electic only circle at 150 dollars for the week, and will be our home for the next seven days. I am so looking forward to staying put, and spending our days concentrating on birding, without the stress of driving and relocating each night.  

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