Just when you're crossing the desert, a big river arises, the Colorado River. Framed by shady cottonwood groves and dramatic cliffs, it is a great place for fishing, camping, white-water rafting, inner tubing and party boating.
Lake Havasu, created by Parker Dam on the Colorado River, is ideal for all kinds of water sports. Travel a little farther north, and you'll find Needles waiting to prick your curiosity about the Mojave Desert. Named for needle-like peaks rising above the river, Needles and Blythe, another river city to the south, are recreational centers for the Colorado River area.
The Colorado River supplies water to seven states Arizona, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada) in addition to Mexico.