Description - Back Country Byways traverse scenic corridors that are off the beaten path. This area has attracted people, wildlife, and vegetation along a linear oasis, creating the Thread of Life. The byway provides an abundance of recreation activities including camping, swimming, boating, fishing, rock hounding, hiking, OHV play areas, and wildlife viewing.
- The public can access the river at several day use areas. Most are along the Parker Dam Road. No fees for day use except where noted.
Cable Car: river access with parking - no facilities
Quail Hollow: river access, tree-shaded picnic areas, Back Country Byway site.
Bullfrog: river access, swimming beach, shaded picnic areas, pit toilet. There is a $3 day use fee.
Empire Landing: river access, tree-shaded tent areas, outdoor shower, restrooms. There is a $3 day use fee.
Rock House Boat Ramp: river access, boat launch facility, pit toilet.
Bass Point: river access - no facilities
River View (AZ): river access, picnic table, chemical toilet.
Recreation - Public Camping
There are two public campgrounds on the Parker Strip where camping along the Colorado River is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a 14-day stay limit at each campground.
There are two open off-highway vehicle areas on the California side of the Parker Strip. These are open play areas. The sites include parking area, unloading ramp, and vault toilets. Vehicles must be street legal or have state required off-highway vehicle stickers (if appropriate by your state).
The byway begins at Parker Dam and travels along the Parker Dam Road south to the boundary of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. Look for interpretive pullouts along the way.