The Hualapai Mountains are a great way to escape to the beautiful and lush mountains Lake Havasu has something to offer everyone – welcoming weather, stunning desert scenery, and a plethora of activities and events that keep even the most restless occupied. But even all of this may still leave a longing in some who love what a forest has to offer.
Just over an hour away, the Hualapai Mountains fulfill that longing. With elevations of 6300 ft (1920 m) to 8240 ft (2516 m), the Hualapai Mountains remain green year-round and are home to the Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, Aspen, Pinion Pine, Manzanita, and Gambel. Wildlife indigenous to this higher elevation include elk, mountain lions, mule deer, foxes, javelina, bears, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks, and a wide variety of songbirds and birds of prey, including owls, hawks, and golden eagles. When visiting the Hualapai’s in the winter, be prepared to make snow angels as its elevation is no stranger to a blanket of white covering the ground!
With the Hualapai Mountains located just 12 miles south-east of Kingman, Arizona, day trips are fun and easy. Hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, off-roading, and biking are just a few things you can do when visiting this beautiful forest area. Or you can just take a drive and have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Hualapai Mountain Lodge – you may even see an elk standing right outside the restaurant window while you’re dining!
Hualapai Mountain Park
The Hualapai Mountain Park is a great place to picnic, hike, camp,or ride ATV’s in the mountains. The park encompasses over 2300 acres with elevations ranging from 4984 ft (1519 m) to 8417 ft (2566 m). Park visitors can share a unique forest experience in the cool, clear, green refreshment of the pine country.
Enjoy 10 miles (16 km) of hiking trails ranging in difficulty for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians to enjoy. There are currently 14 different developed trails, with more added every year. The trails provide spectacular views of the deserts below and vast mountain ranges in the distance. Trail users will experience a variety of mountain habitats and have the opportunity to see many species of wildlife. A detailed trail information guide can be downloaded in PDF format here.
Park visitors can enjoy a perfect picnic setting away from the arid desert lands below. Hualapai Mountain Park offers the perfect picnic setting for family, friends, and even business meetings. Picnic Kits can be rented for the day and include a volleyball net and ball, softball bats, balls and bases, a soccer ball, and a set of horseshoes. Contact the park for more information.
The park provides access to literally hundreds of miles of trails suitable for ATV travel. The park constructed a trailhead for this purpose which is suitable for small to medium size groups and offers an unloading ramp and parking that give direct access to the trails. Offroaders can tour several routes, including the Goldking Mine Mansion, Wild Cow Loop, and Boriana Mine trail that span over 40 miles of mountains. Park officials suggest calling ahead for availability and local riding conditions.
Fees & Park Information
Vehicle day use fees are $7 per day to help maintain the park. Additionally, the park has 3 large recreation areas thatcan be rented for large groups (such as weddings and family reunions).
Hualapai Mountain Resort
The Hualapai Mountain Resort is perfect to bring friends and family and have a fantastic meal at the lodge, or stay to watch live bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. The resort can accommodate large parties, as well. Spend a day amid the grandeur of the forest, but watch the Elk, as they’ll come looking to eat right out of your hand!
Address: 4525 Hualapai Mountain Rd., Kingman, AZ 86401
GPS: 35.093317, -113.876726
Hours: See website
Hualapai Mountains History
‘Hualapai’ is derived from the words “People of the Tall Pines,” referring to the Native American tribe that once called this area home. These natives were relocated by the military in the 1870’s.
- Months: Year-Round