The 10 Best Things to Do in Needles, United States

December 13, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Needles (Mojave: ʼAha Kuloh) is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It lies on the western banks of the Colorado River in the Mohave Valley subregion of the Mojave Desert, near the borders of Arizona and Nevada and roughly 110 miles (180 km) from the Las Vegas Strip. It is the easternmost city of the San Bernardino Metropolitan area, and is geographically isolated from other cities in the area. The city is accessible via Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 95. The population was 4,844 at the 2010 census, up from 4,830 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Needles

1. Pirate Cove Resort

100 Park Moabi Rd, Needles, CA 92363-9701 +1 760-326-9000
Excellent
45%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 131 reviews

Pirate Cove Resort

This secluded California oasis is located at the Moabi Regional Park, on the banks of the Colorado River, just 11 miles southeast of Needles on I-40, California. Nestled among the palm trees and surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches, this first-class family destination offers it’s guests luxurious accommodations all situated along Historic Route 66. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an afternoon refuge from your travels, Pirate Cove offers an oasis that brings you back to a simpler life where you can eat, drink, play, and unwind the pirates way. Pirate Cove offers everything one looks for in a destination vacation or afternoon getaway. For those looking for more adventure, bring your offroad toys out and discover over 3600 miles of offroad trails. Or, set sail on our Boat Tour and explore Topock Gorge and Havasu Wildlife Refuge where you'll find an abundance of wildlife, lava pinnacles and ancient petroglyphs on the gorge walls. Or you can choose to do nothing at all! Just sit back and relax... shaded by thatch palapas along the white sandy beaches of the Colorado River. We are always adding more features and amenities so be sure to check back often.Our Amenities:• On Historic Route 66• Yacht tours and charter• Off-road trails• Easy freeway access• National award-winning restaurant• Pirate-themed beach bar• Seven-lane boat launch ramp• 250 boat slip marina with 24/7 gas dock• Boat rentals and sightseeing tours• Fishing facilities • General store and gift shop• Security-gated dry storage facilities• Free resort shuttle service• Full hook-up RV campsites• Wi-fi available• Children’s waterpark and playground• Scenic nature trails• BBQ and picnic areas Pirate Cove is truly a place in time. If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the place. Pirate Cove invites you to experience this spectacular beachside resort like no other on the Colorado River.

Reviewed By snu70 - Calgary, Canada

Stopped in here for lunch during our family outing up the gorge!! The food was amazing and the drinks were great!! We met some fun people who were also docked their boat for lunch.
Friendly staff, clean, lots of places for kids to play. I would look at coming back here to spend the night for sure next trip!

2. Spirit Mountain Casino and Mesquite Grill

8555 Az-95, Mohave Valley, AZ 86440 +1 928-346-2000
Excellent
51%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Spirit Mountain Casino and Mesquite Grill

Reviewed By RSM123123 - Plano, Texas

This Arizona casino on AZ-95 has about 250 gaming machines and is close to Needles, California and Laughlin, Nevada. Recently renovated. The Mesquite Grill has sandwiches, steaks and Mexican food; reasonable prices. Bar with beer and liquor. Big screen TVs. Free parking.
It is part of the Fort Mohave Indian Tribe.

3. Los Lagos Golf Club

6365 S Entrada Via Verdes, Fort Mohave, AZ 86426-5243 +1 928-768-7778
Excellent
35%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Los Lagos Golf Club

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Reviewed By monetkids - Surprise, Arizona

Headed here during a golf and gamble trip to Laughlin, course is about 25 minutes from there. The course is for straight shooters, however the fairways are forgiving and give you some space. Bring golf balls, they can get sucked up by all the desert wildflowers on all sides. I filled my bag while looking for my lost ball. Nice views a good practice course, not overly challenging but it has moments. Have to say it was a relaxing round and pleasant. It was just off aeration for about 2 weeks so we did get thru that. Super nice staff. Good clubhouse, not sure about the restaurant, there is a small one, wasn't open, possibly limited hours during the summer. Good rates for the area.

4. Jack Smith Memorial Park

S Bridge Rd, Needles, CA 92363
Excellent
82%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Jack Smith Memorial Park

Reviewed By Gabby92399 - Yucaipa, California

This park has plenty of options for visitors. It has a launch ramp that has four launch bays and two beaches. If you are not a boater you will enjoy the well maintained shady picnic tables over looking the river. There is a nominal use fee during peak season (March thru October).

5. El Rio Golf

1 Paseo El Rio, Mohave Valley, AZ 86440-9140 +1 928-768-3574
Excellent
7%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
15%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 13 reviews

El Rio Golf

Nestled near the pristine waters of the Colorado River and the Laughlin, NV casinos, Mohave Valley's newest golf destination is El Rio Golf. Designed by Matt Dye, one of the best of the new generation of course architects, the 7,115 yard layout provides a unique blend of challenge and play ability to golfers of all skill levels. The gentle rolling fairways are spread out over 175 acres.

Reviewed By Ed H - Montesano, Washington

I'm a beginner golfer and found this course to be very forgiving. The fairway was clear, the fringe was solid, and the greens were fast and there were a wide variety of hole layouts. I'll be back again!

6. Gus's Really Good Fresh Jerky

1401 Needles Hwy, Needles, CA 92363-2326 +1 760-326-3874
Excellent
20%
Good
70%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Gus's Really Good Fresh Jerky

Heading to the Colorado river? Come on in and grab some of our Gus's Really good Fresh Jerky. Free laughs and samples!

Reviewed By Darren P - Lockport, New York

Found this place on a route 66 road trip that passed through Needles. A really nice selection of jerky here. Everything is premium quality and made locally. Honestly some of the best jerky I've had. If you're a jerky fan then this place is a must stop!

7. Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

3 mi southeast of Needles off I-40, Needles, CA 92363 +1 760-326-3853
Excellent
26%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By FrequentTraveler696 - Bowling Green, Kentucky

This is a pretty area along the Colorado River. We visited the Catfish Paradise, Pintail Slough and North Dike areas in Arizona to do some birding.
Catfish Paradise has very basic accommodations while the other two areas are primitive. Catfish Paradise also has a nice dock/platform where one can fish or do some birding.
Pintail Slough and North Dike, which are next to each other, were better for seeing birds. North Dike has a boat launch ramp for the fishermen and other boat enthusiasts.

8. Moabi Regional Park

11 mi southeast of Needles on Park Moabi Road, Park Moabi Road, Needles, CA 92363 +1 760-326-3831
Excellent
57%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Moabi Regional Park

Want a recreation experience steeped in history, yet offering the most modern conveniences? Then Moabi Regional Park is for you.The park is located along historic Route 66 along the banks of the Colorado River, near the meeting of the California, Nevada and Arizona state lines.Among the most popular activities are swimming, water-skiing and lounging on the park’s sandy beaches. A dip in the river is the perfect way to keep cool on hot summer days.Wildlife is also plentiful, and visitors are likely to spot wild burros, beaver, geese, ducks and many other bird species.The park is only a short drive from Laughlin, Nevada, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and the Oatman Ghost Town. Alongside its riverfront campsites, Moabi boasts a marina and convenience store, beachwear shop, restaurant and bar, and fully furnished waterfront cabins for rent. RV travel-trailer rentals are also available.A seven-lane boat launch is available for visitor use.

Reviewed By Deejay B - Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada

I loved staying at Pirates cove Resort. Lots to do or nothing to do. Beautiful nature, on the Colorado River.

9. Mystic Maze

Park Moabi Rd., off I-40 11 miles southeast of Needles, Needles, CA +1 760-326-5678
Excellent
25%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Mystic Maze

Earth formation believed to be of significance to Mojave Indian warriors.

Reviewed By mageith - Fremont, California

We spent an hour looking. I Called the number. It is a museum. She said veer to the left. Follow the dirt road. There will be kiosk and a sign. You can't miss it. These have always been the words of doom as they were today.

We also talked to a sheriff's deputy who gave us different directions. We followed both or think we did.

What I did find was a lump of gold (fool's) and a wild horse with foal standing under the only shade tree and some rather large foot prints. The ground has been heavily mined and is soft.

Good luck to those who follow!

10. Rivers Edge Golf Course

144 Marina Dr, Needles, CA 92363-3714 +1 760-326-3931
Excellent
0%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 11 reviews

A public 18-hole golf course.

Reviewed By MPS3AMom - 49th State

Enjoyed golfing there for the first time. The greens were all in great shape except for some damage in hole 18. All in all it is a great municipal course with a great price to match.

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