Mohave Valley is situated about 500 feet above sea level in the Sonoran Desert and mountain terrain in the beautiful Colorado River Basin on the western edge of central Mohave County. Here, the sun rises over the majestic Black Mountains, the eastern boundary, and sets over the Colorado River, the western boundary of the Valley, the county, and the state. The Valleys northern boundary is Lake Mohave and the southern boundary terminates at Topock Marsh. Within these limits reside the communities of Mohave Valley, Fort Mojave and Bullhead City, all in Arizona. Also included are Laughlin, NV, and Needles, CA. To quickly find Mohave Valley on a map, look for the confluence of the states of California, Nevada and Arizona. Mohave Valley is 200 miles from Phoenix, 275 miles from Los Angeles, and only 95 miles from Las Vegas.
The unincorporated area within Mohave County referred to by the Post Office as Mohave Valley is bounded by Fort Mojave to the north and Needles, CA, to the south. The eastern and western boundaries remain the same. It is in an area that is undergoing rapid expansion. Many new businesses and stores have relocated to the area. Safeway in Fort Mojave is the second largest grocery store of its chain in the state of Arizona.
A year round playground for hikers, boaters, skiers, fishermen, campers, swimmers, golfers and overall outdoor enthusiasts, Mohave Valley provides easy access to some of the nations most scenic areas and sites, including the Colorado River, a magnet for travelers throughout the southwest.
The Mohave Valley is served by one major and two smaller airports. The Laughlin/Bullhead City International Airport to the north, with a 7,500-foot runway that will accommodate Boeing 737s and MD 80 Series aircraft, is Arizonas third largest regional airport. Rental cars are available in the 55,000 sq. ft. terminal. Free transportation is also available to most major hotels. Eagle Aviation and Sun Valley Airport are both located in Mohave Valley.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has a major switching site in Needles, CA, at the southern edge of the Mohave Valley. New in 1999 is service from Amtrak to the Needles, CA, depot. Amtrak and Commuter Carriers recently announced plans offering service between Chicago and Los Angeles, featuring destination service to Laughlin. For more information call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL.
The state of Arizona recently upgraded AZ Highway 95 to four and five lanes as it parallels the Colorado River through Mohave Valley. This highway carries an average of 9,000 cars/day. Interstate 40 passes through Needles, CA, a few miles to the south.
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