When to Go to Northwest Arizona and Southeast Nevada


When to Go to Northwest Arizona and Southeast Nevada

Unlike many destinations, the communities in northwestern Arizona don't have distinct high and low seasons. The arid climate and clear winter skies attract "snowbirds," retirees flocking south to escape the harsh northern climes. On the flip side, the hot, sunny summer months attract sports enthusiasts looking to cavort in the cool, blue waterways—despite searing temperatures that occasionally top 110°F.

Lake Havasu City plays host to hordes of college revelers during spring break in March and Kingman fills up fast during the annual Route 66 Fun Run drive in May. Things simmer down a bit during the spring and fall months. Overall, expect fairly busy weekends during the summer months and sold-out rooms during sporting events and fishing tournaments.

Hualapai Mountain Park is the one part of northwestern Arizona that is high-altitude enough to get occasionally heavy snow in winter.

Festivals and Events

Late April–Early May

Route 66 Fun Run. This three-day event in early May is a 40-mile drive along the longest remaining section of the "Mother Road." 928/753–5001. www.azrt66.com.


Andy Devine Days. The festival honors the film and television actor with a parade and an impressive rodeo. 928/753–6106. www.kingmanrodeoaz.com.


London Bridge Days. Lake Havasu City heats up with a weeklong Renaissance festival, a parade, and British-themed contests. 928/453–8686. www.golakehavasu.com.

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