Community Profile | Bullhead City

Western Arizona Economic Development District

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.

Principal Economic Activities

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.

Scenic Attractions

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.

Community Facilities

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.

Local Resources

Bullhead City

Toby Cotter,
City Manager
2355 Trane Road
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Phone: 928-763-0122
Email: Toby Cotter
Website: Bullhead City Arizona

Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce

1251 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ 86429
Phone: 928-754-4121
Website: Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce

Mohave County Economic Development

Tami Ursenbach,
Economic Development & Tourism Director
3250 Kino Ave, 2nd Floor
Kingman, AZ 86409
Phone: 928-757-0960 ext. 5965
Email: Tami Ursenbach
Website: Mohave Economic Development

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona Commerce Authority.
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021

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