Welcome to Western Arizona
The western border of Arizona lies along the Colorado River, which stretches south from the Hoover Dam all the way to Yuma and Mexico. Savvy marketers have dubbed this region the 'West Coast.' The famous Hoover Dam is one of a series of mega-dams that regulate the flow of the river after it emerges from the Grand Canyon. In winter, migratory flocks of birds arrive from frigid northern climes seeking out riverside wildlife refuges. At the same time, wingless 'snowbirds' pack dozens of dusty RV parks, especially in Yuma. Although summers are hellishly hot, the cool Colorado brings in scores of water rats and boaters seeking relief from the heat in such places as Lake Havasu and Laughlin.