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LODGING - Book a Room Today
Total rooms - Laughlin: 10,743
Laughlin Hotel and Casinos
9 hotels - 10,639 rooms
One motel - 104 rooms
The $23 million Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is located
in Arizona minutes from casinos on the Nevada side of the Colorado
River. A 10,500-square-foot (3,150-square-meter) terminal houses
ticket counters, a baggage claim area, air charter companies, car
rental agencies, a lounge area, conference room and a gift shop. The
7,500-foot-by-150-foot (2,275-meter) runway can accommodate Boeing
737s, DC-10s and MD-80s. The airport is currently executing a $2
million expansion, which will double current passenger capacity,
allow for 2 or 3 simultaneous flights and a heightened security
Laughlin's health care facilities include the University Medical
Center, Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Colorado River
Medical Center, and one extended care facility.
TRANSPORTATION - more info
Silver Rider operates two bus routes, 7-days-a-week, year round in
the Laughlin area. General fare for those 18 and older is $1.50. For
seniors 62 and older, and children 6 to 17, the fare is 75 cents.
Children under 6 ride free. Water taxis transport riders on the
Colorado River to the casino of their choice for $3 per ride. Cabs
are also available.
Laughlin and Bullhead City are located on the northeast edge of the
Mohave Desert. Laughlin is approximately 510 feet above sea level
(153 meters). Bullhead City is about 504 feet above sea level (162
meters). The average high mean temperature is 87 degrees Fahrenheit
(30.5 degrees Celsius) and the average low mean temperature is 45
degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius). The highest temperature
recorded was 126 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). Rainfall
averages about four inches per year. Today's
Laughlin is home to approximately 8,100 permanent residents.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKS
There are 21 RV parks in the Laughlin/ Bullhead City area with 2,463
total sites, 2,263 with hookups; and nine mobile home parks with 538
spaces. More Info
Laughlin Library, Bullhead City Library
Gaming establishments reported a gross gaming win of $553 million in
2003, a .4 percent increase over 2002 figures.
CASINO-HOTELS - Book a Room Today -
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Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel - Purchased and opened in 1966
by Don Laughlin who still owns the property; 1,405 rooms
Golden Nugget Laughlin - Originally opened in 1967; 300 rooms.
Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall - Opened in 1979; now owned by the
Santa Fe Corp.; 416 rooms.
Edgewater Hotel & Casino - Originally opened in 1981; owned by
Mandalay Resort Group; 1,377 rooms.
River Palms Resort Casino - Opened in 1984, the casino was purchased
in 1997 by the late California millionaire, Allen Paulson. It
originally was owned by John Midby and Associates and was purchased
by Columbia Sussex in late 2002; 1,000 rooms.
Colorado Belle Hotel/Casino & Microbrewery - Owned and operated by
Mandalay Resort Group; 1,173 rooms.
Ramada Express Hotel Casino - Opened in 1988 and owned by Aztar
Corporation since 1989; 1,500 rooms.
Harrah's Laughlin Casino and Hotel - Built by Promus Co. (Harrah's)
in 1988, it is now operated by Harrah's Entertainment Inc.; 1,561
Flamingo Laughlin - Built by Hilton Corp. in 1990 and operated by
Caesars Entertainment; 1,907 rooms.
Bay Shore Inn-Opened in 1992; 100 rooms, no casino
An unincorporated area of Clark County, Laughlin has a town advisory
board with a town manager; it is protected by the Clark County Fire
Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Gov. Kenny Guinn; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.;
Rep. Shelley Berkley, R-Nev.; Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev.
In 2003, more than 4.2 million tourists visited Laughlin, resulting
in a hotel occupancy rate of 82 percent.
WEDDINGS - more info
Wedding licenses can be obtained in Laughlin at the Justice Court in
the Regional Government Center on Laughlin Civic Drive. The office
is open at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday -Thursday and Saturday;
and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday. There is no waiting period and
no blood test is required. All that is necessary to purchase a
license is $55 in cash and proof of age. Weddings can be arranged at
most Laughlin hotel/casinos or on a Colorado riverboat cruise.
Couples should arrive no later than one hour before closing time to
obtain a marriage license.
ATTRACTIONS - more info
Colorado River Museum - Operated by the Colorado River Historical
Society, a tri-state organization. Free admission. Displays include
ancient fossils and artifacts pertaining to the mining history of
Bullhead City, Laughlin and the surrounding area. The museum has a
model of the motel Don Laughlin purchased in 1966. The museum closes
July and August.
Grapevine Canyon - Located seven miles (11.2 kilometers) from Davis
Dam. Visitors travel west on Highway 163 in Nevada and turn at
Christmas Tree Pass. A short hike is required on a clearly marked
trail to discover Indian petroglyphs and a running stream.
Katherine Landing - Lake Mohave resort and marina on the Arizona
side offers boat slips, boat rentals including houseboats and
personal watercraft, launch ramp, sandy beaches with barbecues and
picnic areas, campgrounds with optional RV hookups, motel, boat
storage, boat repair shop, store, restaurant and lounge. As part of
the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, national park entry fees
became effective in June 2000. An annual vehicle, individual or
vessel pass is $20. Day and senior passes are available for a
Oatman, Ariz. - About 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Laughlin
off U.S. 95. Authentic western ghost town and historic gold mining
area with museums, shops and eateries. Gunfighters stage shows on
the town's main street at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and
Sunday. Oatman sits on historic Route 66. Gold Mine Road offers
daily gold mine tours, as well as authentic stagecoach and Hummer
tours through the scenic desert landscape.
London Bridge, English Village And Lake Havasu - The same bridge
that spanned the River Thames in England for nearly 145 years, was
moved, piece by piece, and reassembled at Lake Havasu City, Ariz.,
67 miles (107 kilometers) southeast of Laughlin, on U.S. 95. Lake
Havasu stretches behind Parker Dam and annually hosts London Bridge
Days and the I.J.S.B.A. World Jet Ski Finals.
Chloride - About 46 miles (74 kilometers) northwest of Laughlin, it
is located off U.S. 93 through Grasshopper Junction, Ariz.
Melodramas are staged in this historic mining town of the 1860s.
Grand Canyon Caverns - Located about 92 miles (160 kilometers) east
of Laughlin between Kingman and Seligman, Ariz., on Route 66.
Grand Canyon Railway - This original 1901 steam train with
authentically restored coach cars runs between Williams, Ariz., and
the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Williams is about 150 miles (240
kilometers) east of Laughlin off Interstate 40. The train operates
on the original 1901 rails.
Fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, camping,
hiking, bird watching, back-country driving, wildlife watching,
photography, sunbathing, golf, tennis and picnicking. The Riverside
Resort Casino opened a $15 million, 34-lane bowling center in early
1999 and also houses a state-of-the-art movie theater complex.
Golf - Nine area country club and/or golf venues including:
Laughlin Ranch Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course
designed by famed course designer David Druzisky. Located ten
minutes from the Laughlin casinos off of the Bullhead Parkway;
opening January 2005.
El Rio Country Club is located 16 miles south of the Laughlin
casinos in Mohave Valley, AZ. This new 18-hole championship style
course opens in January 2005.
Emerald River Golf Course in Laughlin-18-hole target style, par 72,
rating 73.6, seasonal rates available.
Chaparral Country Club in Bullhead City- nine holes, par 32, rolling
terrain, trees, water.
Riverview Golf Club in Bullhead City- nine holes, par 27,
challenging course with trees, water, hills.
Desert Lakes Golf Course 15 miles from Laughlin in Fort Mojave,
Ariz.-18 holes, par 72, rating 69.5, small trees, fairways, water.
Needles Municipal Course 25 miles southwest of Laughlin in Needles,
Calif.-18-hole championship-style course, par 70, rating 68.9, large
trees, rolling river bottom terrain, driving range and practice
London Bridge Golf Club in Lake Havasu, Ariz., 67 miles southeast of
Laughlin on U.S. 95-two 18-hole championship courses; winter and
summer rates variable on both East and West courses.
Mohave Resort Golf Club next to the Avi Hotel & Casino 16 miles from
Laughlin-18 holes, par 72, rating 73.2, rolling terrain, water
hazards, natural sand dunes, strategically placed bunkers.
Anglers can fish Lake Mohave and the Colorado River year round. Game
fish include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, rainbow trout and
striped bass. The Nevada record for striped bass -- more than 55
pounds - was set at Lake Mohave. A state license from Arizona or
Nevada is necessary in order to fish in the Colorado River or Lake
Mohave. Other restrictions may apply.
The Lake Mohave and
Colorado River area is a paradise for swimmers
and scuba divers. With more than 150 miles of shoreline around the
lake, there are many secluded coves that can be explored and used
for a variety of water activities. Additionally, there are four
swimming beaches in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area. Harrah's
Laughlin has an ocean-style beach on the river. Additional swimming
areas are at Davis Camp north of the Laughlin Bridge and at
Katherine Landing above Davis Dam.
Personal watercraft can be rented at many Laughlin hotels and at
several locations in Bullhead City.
The Flamingo Laughlin has courts on the third floor of the hotel
that are free to hotel guests. There are also courts at all of the
high schools in the Laughlin and Bullhead City area.
Major employers in the Laughlin area are the casinos (more than
14,000 employees) and the Southern California Edison Co. generating
There are approximately 25 houses of worship in Bullhead City and
With 225,000 square feet, Horizon Outlet Center features 50 food and
retail outlets, a cinema complex and a basement garage with 1,220
Name means "snowcapped" in Spanish. Admitted to the Union in 1864
during the Civil War and thus its nickname of "Battle Born State."
It is the seventh largest state in terms of square miles and ranks
38th in population.
County was created Feb. 5, 1908, and bears the name of William A.
Clark, U.S. senator from Montana who built the San Pedro, Los
Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. The county covers 7,881 square miles
(20,490.6 square kilometers) which is comparable to the area of
Named in 1968 by a U.S. Postal Service inspector after Don Laughlin,
pioneer casino owner and developer in the area.
William G. Bennett Elementary School, opened in 1987, has grades
kindergarten through 5; Laughlin Junior/Senior High School has
grades 6 through 12; Community College of Southern Nevada-Laughlin
FACTS ABOUT NEVADA
On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Nevada's
admission to the Union as the 36th state.
State Capital-Carson City
State colors-Silver and blue
State song-"Home Means Nevada"
State tree-Single-leaf Pinon
State bird-Mountain Bluebird
State animal-Desert Bighorn Sheep
State grass-Indian Ricegrass
State fish-Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
State fossil-Ichthyosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile
State nicknames-Silver State, Sagebrush State, Battle Born State
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