The Great AZ Road Trip

The Colorado River & Bullhead City River Regatta


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The 1,450 mile river has shaped Arizona into what it is today. Although much of its water is diverted for urban and agricultural use, the river also nourishes vital habitat for diverse plant and animal species and is a place for recreation and refuge for many Arizona residents.

The river is known for its dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids. Whitewater rafting trips are available from numerous guide companies.

The Colorado River is important to many Native American communities surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. For over 12,000 years, the river has been an important source of water and life. Contemporary Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Paiute, Navajo, Yavapai-Apache, and Zuni Tribes are active in decisions and discussions regarding the uses of the Colorado River.

Those who visit the river will see what encompasses it: an expansive canyon walled lakes, cascading whitewater, peaceful flows through wildlife refugees and, of course, the Grand Canyon.

The Bullhead city River Regatta is the largest tube float ever that occurs on the Colorado River. This year, the premiere event will occur on August 9, 2014. Activities will begin Friday night with pre-float parties at hotels. Saturday is the nine mile river float trip down the river on rafts and inner tubes.