POINTS OF INTEREST
NEEDLES REGIONAL MUSEUM
The Needles Regional Museum is located at 929 Front Street and contains memorabilia from throughout our colorful history. The all-volunteer staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and you may wish to browse through the Thrift store next door which supports the Museum financially. Their winter hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Summer hours are the same with a break late June through August for vacation. Please contact the Museum by calling 760-326-5678.
NEEDLES MUNICIPAL AQAUTICS CENTER
The Needles Municipal Aquatics Center attracts many participants in the spring, summer and early fall with its waterslide, main pool and kiddy play area. Swim team, swim lessons for all ages, and water exercise classes are available. Please contact the center by calling (760)326-3866.
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE
The Mojave National Preserve protects approximately 1.6 million acres of desert habitat and was created by Congress in 1994. Located just west of Needles, visitors can observe ranching activities, historic and modern mining operations, through and around the “Hole in the Wall” area, and traverse the old Mojave Road as the Indians, soldiers and homesteaders did. Geologic features such as Cima Dome, the Cinder Cones, and the Kelso Dunes add to the visual attractions of the area. Animals such as Bighorn Sheep and desert tortoises may be observed in this scenic area. Camping is available at Mid Hills and the Hole in the Wall campgrounds. For more information, please contact the Needles Office of the Mojave National Preserve at 760-255-8801.
By boat or canoe, the Topock Gorge can provide many hours of enjoyment for visitors. Located just 17 miles South of Needles on the Colorado River. Gaze at rock formations in the ravines. Lava rock pinnacles, “totem”, and arches are everywhere to be seen. There are ancient Indian hieroglyphics on the gorge’s beautiful walls (if you know where to find them). For a great way to see the gorge, by canoe contact Jerkwater Canoe & Kayak at 928-768-7753 or a guided tour contact Topock Adventures at 760-858-2669.
Capt. Doyle’s River Excursions & FunFishing Guide Service. Call (866)284-3262 or (928)768-2667.
HAVASU NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is located between Needles and Lake Havasu City along the Colorado River. Cattail, mesquite and arrowhead beautify the marsh and provide habitat for dove, quail, beaver, geese and other wildlife. For more information call 760-326-3853
Oatman is located just a scenic 45 minutes drive Northwest of Needles. Oatman merchants have endeavored to keep this famous gold mining center as authentic as possible. Step back in time, enjoy the burros that walk freely throughout the town and the mock old west gunfights, while browsing for that perfect antique you cannot go home without!
A National Wildlife Refuge Systems Archaeological site, located approximately 12 miles south of Needles off I-40. Precise arrangements of rocks have led some people to believe that this was an ancient agricultural project, but experts have said, “no.” For more information contact the Museum at 760-326-5678.
OTHER DAY TRIPS
Other day trips include the Old West town of Chloride; Quartzsite; Hualapi Mountain Park; Providence Mountains and Kelso Station; and the historical Route 66 towns of Goffs; Essex and Amboy.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Other points of interest include the Colorado River Museum, The London Bridge at Lake Havasu City and Casino style entertainment at Laughlin, NV.
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