- Downstream from the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River reaches Hoover Dam, where it forms Lake Mead. Lake Mead National Recreation Area draws thousands of tourists each year. Further downstream, Lake Havasu is another popular destination. Kofa, Bill Williams, Imperial, and Cibola National Wildlife Refuges are all located in this region and offer opportunities to view birds, wildlife and native environments.
Recreation - Popular activities in this warm and sunny region include boating, camping, fishing, house boating, sailing, water skiing, sailboarding, swimming, hiking, paddling, and horseback riding. Almost all types of personal watercraft are available for rental at the resorts along the Colorado River.
Climate - Winters in this area bring beautiful weather, with mild warm days (60- 70F) and cool nights (40's). Summers can be extremely hot with daytime temperatures of 100-115 degrees, and evening lows in the 70's to 80's. Long hikes are not recommended in the summer. Even short hikes require lots of water, a hat, and sun screen lotion. The higher elevations of this area experience cooler temperatures and higher amounts of precipitation. The mountains of this region can receive snowfall during the winter months.
Western Arizona encompasses the area from Lake Mead, south past Yuma, to the Mexican border. It includes Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and east to Tonopah. Interstates 8, 10 and 40 all run east-west through this region.