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Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Havasu Sand Dunes, Parker Strip, Colorado River, Lake Havasu, Big Bend

Last Known StatusOpen

This area boasts 1200 acres of open area with a variety of desert trails, powerline roads, and some isolated sand dunes. The dunes offer some nice views of the river but you cannot ride all the way to the water.

There is no camping, and no day use amenities such as picnic tables or shade. Lodging can be found at the RV resort directly accross the road, which also has a small market, boat ramp and some nice waterfront camping. Reservations are recommended for all resorts and campgrounds in the area.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityParker, AZ
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From: Phoenix, AZ
1) Take I-10 west about 125 miles to Quartsite
2) Take AZ 95 north (Exit 19), continue 35 miles north to city of Parker
3) From downtown Parker, cross the river to the west bank, turn right and head north on Parker Dam Road
4) Continue 11 miles to entrance on the left.

Note: You may also access this area from the north, from Lake Havasu City, but you must cross Parker Dam, which is closed to RVs and trailers.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, Dunes
LandBLM

RATINGS

Proslarge open area, ride anywhere, southeast dunes offer views of the river, clean facilities
Consno camping, no day use ammenities such as picnic tables, no shade, hot in summer
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Fall - Spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles2
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation300 to 700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostlypaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis OHV area has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little
Commentmostly open area - ride anywhere

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryPermitted
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)La Paz Regional Hospital (928) 669-9201
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Parker
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (E)Colorado River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (E)Benders Market / RV Resort

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Lake Havasu Field Office
2610 Sweetwater Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
(928) 505-1200
www.blm.gov

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

This is about as close as you can get to the actual water while riding in the OHV area, but there are multiple hilltops with great views of the lake.

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A trail at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

This area was pure sand with some scattered vegatation but there are other types of terrain also.

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Scenic view of Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

This is a good example of the mixed terrain in the area.  Some hard pack and sharp rocks as well as deep fine sand dunes.

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Amenities at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Benders Market and RV Resort sits directly accross the street from the main entrance.  Behind this building there are numerous shoreline camping sites.

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Some terrain at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

A typical sandy trail with a nice backdrop.

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Some terrain at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Loose dirt, dusty gravel, hard pack too.

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Scenery at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

Scenery at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

Some terrain at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Main staging area has loading ramps, restooms, and a kiosk with a map.  There are no other services.

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Scenery at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

The Colorado River is lined with RV resorts and motels.

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Scenery at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

This a view from one of the campsites at Benders RV Resort.  Great camping and boating that is just across the road from the trailhead.

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A trail at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

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Some amenities at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Some camping spots at Benders Market / RV Resort across the street have riverfront views and small boat docks.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

The access to the main staging area is a smooth flat gravel road. No problem.

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Example of terrain at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Example trail marker.

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Scenic view at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

Scenic view of Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Another view of the main staging area.

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Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

A trail at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

A trail at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Follow the power lines, then follow the curve of the road to reach the dunes.

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Scenery from Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

Scenery from Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

A view of the staging area from one of the trails.

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

A trail at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

Copper Basin OHV Area Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

The main entrance sign is hard to see from the south.  Look for Benders across the street.

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Scenery from Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

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