Community Profile | Bullhead City
Bullhead City began as the headquarters for the construction of the Davis Dam in the late 1940s. The Davis Dam was completed in 1951, creating Lake Mohave, a recreational paradise with more than 33 miles of shoreline located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
In the mid-1800s, the area was home to several gold mines that operated well into the 1930s. Today, at least two original mine sites have been reactivated and are producing gold, employing more than 250 people. In 1984, Bullhead City was incorporated and had grown in population to nearly 40,000 residents.
The city’s boundaries encompass approximately 73.9 square miles, and the elevation ranges from 500 to 1,400 feet. Bullhead City is located directly across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada. Many people are attracted to Bullhead City because of its affordability.
The city is best known for year-round sunshine and blue skies, the Black Mountain Range, the Colorado River, and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. After the winter-visitors head back home, Bullhead City is a recreational playground for boating and water enthusiasts.
Bullhead City is the retail hub of Mohave County. The city serves a 40-mile radius trade area with a combined population of approximately 206,000 residents. Bullhead City’s economic focus is tourism, as 2-million vacationers visit the casino resorts across the river in Laughlin, Nevada, each year.
Bullhead City is host to year-round special events and both adult and youth sports tournaments. The area also offers state-of-the-art health care with two major hospitals and almost 300 general and specialty practitioners. The city remains a popular location for tourism, retail trades, construction, and growth along the Colorado River.
Bullhead City offers area visitors and residents year-round water-related recreation with its proximity to the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. Off-road enthusiasts have endless miles to explore in the surrounding Black Mountain range. The mountains offer horseback riding, ghost towns, rockhounding, and various wild animals in their natural habitats.
Bullhead City has a 500-acre nature center providing several trails, beach access to the river, fishing, and a bird-watching observatory. The spectacular and challenging golf courses, featuring the award-winning Laughlin Ranch Golf Club, are a must-visit for travelers.
Bullhead City has nine public parks with several playgrounds, picnic areas, sandy beaches, boat launches, sports fields, walking trails, and dog parks. The city has a municipal pool and a splash pad. Seniors are welcome to come to the nutrition center and senior center for meals and daily activities.
The community center offers several meeting rooms open to non-profit agencies and social clubs and areas for basketball, pickleball, and community events. Bullhead City brandishes a newly renovated public library, historical museum, endless water activities, and a new seven-mile trail for the Heritage Greenway Trail that connects to the Laughlin Bridge.
Bullhead CityToby Cotter,
Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce1251 Highway 95
Mohave County Economic DevelopmentTami Ursenbach,
Arizona Commerce AuthorityArizona Commerce Authority.
Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021