May 29, 2013 www.DesertMessenger.com 17 Buckskin Mountain State Park offers 24/7 BLM to host National Trails Day online campground reservations events on June 1st Parker, AZ - Reserve a campground campers. It offers a Ramada with a Yuma, Ariz. – To celebrate National RV or tent site from the comfort of campﬁre ring (which may be reserved Trails Day, the Bureau of Land Man- your home, anytime of day. Make for group use except on holiday week- agement (BLM) Yuma Field Ofﬁce online reservations ends), sandy beach, cove, and boat will host a canoe trip on Saturday, Site reservations for this park are launch area. June 1, 2013, from the conﬂuence of also available by calling the Reserva- the Gila and Colorado Rivers to the tion Center at (520) 586-2283. You In the summer, Buckskin and River City of Yuma’s Gateway Park. Please can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to Island are popular for boating, jet meet near the BLM kiosk at the junc- 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refund- skiing, swimming and camping. In the tion of the Gila and Colorado Rivers able reservation fee per site. winter, visitors appreciate the mild at 8 a.m. climate and enjoy camping, ﬁshing Tuesdays: Ice Cream Social and hiking in the park. Both areas are Those who plan to participate need 2 pm. Please bring your own bowl/ year-round destinations for those look- to bring their own canoes with all the spoon. $1.00 donation per bowl. ing to discover a variety of recreational required safety equipment including a and cultural resources. The Colorado boating vest, hat, sunscreen, and wa- Wednesdays: Student River Indian Reservation is just east ter for each person who will take part Conservation Association of Parker and archaeological sites are in the canoe trip. The canoe trip will 7 pm. Presentation will be on the scattered up and down Arizona’s “west take approximately 3 hours. Please Southwest desert ﬂora and fauna. coast.” Parker Dam, the world’s deep- call the BLM ofﬁce at 928-317-3200 if 1775, to March 10, 1776, when approx- est dam, is located approximately ﬁve you plan to participate. imately 300 people and 1,000 head Fridays: Evening Campﬁre miles to the north on Highway 95. The of livestock travelled approximately 6:30 pm. Bring a chair, ﬂashlight, park is located about 45 miles Before the trip, there will be a brief 2,000 miles from Horcasitas, Mexico, coffee, musical instrument, and your north of Quartzsite. This 1,677-acre presentation on the Juan Bautista de to the San Francisco Bay area. The favorite story.Llocated at the ﬁre ring, park has been operated by Arizona Anza National Trail that was desig- route established by the Anza expedi- northwest corner of the park. Be pre- State Parks since 1967. nated by Congress in 1990 as a part of tion allowed for the future settlement pared to have fun! the National Trail System. Congress of the California coast. The Yuma recognized the accomplishment of crossing of the Colorado River on Saturdays: Ranger Guided the expedition led by Captain Juan November 28, 1775, was an important Nature Walk Bautista de Anza from October 23, event for Captain Anza’s group. 10 am. Meet at the trailhead, behind the Ranger Station. $3.00 per person Buckskin Mountain provides scenic respite, mountain hikes, a desert es- cape and fun-ﬁlled water adventures. Buckskin Mountain State Park com- Quartzsite Radio KBUX mands one of the ﬁnest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on Recycle... adds up! it all both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recreational opportunities along the river. This picturesque park provides a scenic respite, mountain hikes, a desert escape and fun-ﬁlled water ad- 94.3 FM http://kbuxradio.com venture. Come enjoy all the park has Recycle your empty inket to offer! The park has a campground cartridges and used cell phones! • Quartzsite’s Favorite (reservations are available for select campsites), cabana sites, beach, hik- NO TONERS, PLEASE “CLASSIC HITS” ing trails, restrooms, showers, boat • Local Information ramp, picnic area, basketball and vol- DROP OFF LOCATIONS: • Weather leyball court, playground, restaurant, • Horizon Community Bank • 24 Hours Day / 7 Days Week! camp store, arcade, gas dock, and • Quartzsite Library ranger station. • Senior Center 928-927-5111 Sponsored by • General Store Proud Neighbors of First locally-owned and operated music station in Quartzsite, The nearby River Island State Park, • Business Chamber Quartzsite Arizona. Proudly serving the communities of Quartzsite, Bouse, Brenda, about one mile north, is ideal for tent Rainbow Acres, La Paz Valley and beyond, since 1988.