We went back to River Island after several visits in previous years and we had a nice surprise!  They have added high speed WiFi. The best we have encountered at any campground or RV Park. Kudos to Arizona State Parks!

River Island State Park Parker Arizona

Colorado River at River Island State Park

We stop here now and then when we need to stock up, resupply, receive packages and/or mail (from Parker), etc.  We discovered that the USPS in Quartzsite would not accept UPS or Fed Ex packages therefore our packages were stuck in the system. In over 9 years of traveling and having our mail and packages delivered in various places around the country we have never run into any problems.  The staff at Parker Mail Center were wonderful and straightened out the deliveries for us in less than 24 hours.  We also got our mail at the Parker USPS but a warning is that they say they are open from 9am-5pm weekdays but they take very long lunches and close periodically throughout the day with no signs or no idea when they were return. This meant multiple days of driving to the USPS just to see if they were open.  Tiring but eventually we found them open just after 9am.

River Island State Park Parker Arizona

View of the Colorado River and the Buckskin Mountains from River Island State Park

Campground: River Island State Park
Location: Parker, Arizona (about 20 minutes north of town along the Colorado River)
Site: 9 & 13 (pull thrus)
Cost: $28
Services: E (50 AMP), W
Comments: A lovely, small, peaceful campground which sits along the Colorado River. It is nestled in between the mountains with lovely views but this means no cell reception but they do provide excellent high speed WiFi.  It is also located directly off Hwy 95 so there is some road noise at night.  The campground provides easy access to both Parker and Lake Havasu for shopping and hiking and touring.

 

No trip to Parker is complete without stopping by the Nellie E Saloon Desert Bar for an afternoon of eating, drinking, and dancing. The bar is about 5 miles off Hwy 95 on a dirt road and is open air with live bands and various eating areas.  The bar is run completely off solar and only open on weekend days during the winter months.  It is a fun place to waste away the day and soak in the sun and the atmosphere.

 

But wait, there’s more. A must do is to drive across the Parker Dam and head south along the river in California to see the wild burros. If you stop your car be prepared for them to head over to your car and want food. Don’t feed them.