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Buckskin Mountain State Park

Buckskin Mountain State Park is a state park located near Parker, Arizona.  A second developed area of the park is known as the River Island Unit or River Island State Park.  Both park areas have shoreline on the Colorado River and views of the Buckskin Mountains.  The park provides camping and water recreation opportunities.


5476 Highway 95, Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: (928) 667-3231

River Island Unit: 5200 Highway 95, Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: (928) 667-3386

The 1,677 acre Buckskin Mountain State Park is located on Arizona Highway 95, about 12 miles north of Parker.  The River Island unit is one mile north of Buckskin Mountain State Park.


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  • Open 364 per year, Buckskin Mountain State Park has one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recreational opportunities along the river. This scenic park provides picturesque respite, mountain hikes, a desert escape and fun-filled water adventure.

    The nearby River Island Unit, about one mile north, is ideal for tent campers.  It offers a ramada with campfire ring, which may be reserved for group use (fee required) except on holiday weekends. A sandy beach, cove, and boat launch area are also located at the River Island Unit.

    In the summer, Buckskin and River Island are popular for boating, jet skiing, swimming and camping. In the winter, visitors appreciate the mild climate and enjoy camping, fishing and hiking in the park. Both areas are year-round destinations for those looking to discover a variety of recreational and cultural resources. The Colorado River Indian Reservation is just east of Parker and archaeological sites are scattered up and down Arizona's "west coast."

    Parker Dam, the world's deepest dam, is located approximately five miles to the north on Highway 95. This 1,677-acre park has been operated by Arizona State Parks since 1967.

  • Facilities include:

    • Visitor center

    • Handicap Access

    • Restrooms

    • Concessions/Gift Shop

    • Picnic Area

    • Picnic Shelters

    • Group Use Area

    • Fishing

    • Boat Ramp

    • Showers

    • Electric Hook-ups

    • Dump Station

    • Swimming

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