High Flying Fun

Published by The Bee News

March 15, 2024

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High flying fun is the order of the day at the Laughlin Bullhead Airshow scheduled for April 6th, 2024. Breath taking aerial acrobatics performed by internationally acclaimed pilots, a diverse array of military and static displays, and aviation artifacts make this an event that you won’t want to miss.

To get the most from the experience secure your VIP Chalet space for delicious catered meals, and exclusive viewing areas. Another option for unwinding and enjoying the show is the beer garden, another feature at this years event.

With a bit of planning you can make this a memory making weekend for the entire family with the Laughlin Bullhead Airshow as the center piece. In Needles, California, on the west side of the Colorado River, the 46th Colorado River Round Up Rodeo is scheduled for April 5th and 6th at the Needles Rodeo Grounds.

Coordinated by the Needles Rodeo Association this is the longest running local rodeo in the tri-state area. It is sanctioned by the Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association. Scheduled events include Lil Wrangler Rodeo featuring Mutton Bustin’, bareback, ranch and saddle bronc, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, calf tying, and breakaway and team roping. For musical entertainment the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will present “Littletown” with live music each evening.

You can even add a little adventure on Route 66 to your weekend. Topock66 Resort on the Colorado River and historic Route 66 is just 35 miles south of the airport. This is a great starting point for a drive along this storied highway to the quirky old mining town of Oatman and through Sitgreaves Pass in the picturesque Black Mountains.

Route 66 enthusiasts from throughout the world proclaim this to be the most scenic section of the iconic highway. Before climbing out of the Colorado River Valley the highway passes through the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last native riparian ares on the Colorado River.

The highway twists and turn through the stark desert landscapes on the climb into the rugged mountains. Oatman is a highlight of a drive on Route 66 in western Arizona. This historic old mining town is one of the liveliest ghost towns in the west.

An eclectic array of shops, an territorial era jail, and an ice cream parlor, authentic old west saloon, museum and restaurant in the historic Oatman Hotel are just a few of the highlights. Adding to the smile inducing whimsy burros have free run of the town, and a western shootout reenactment is staged daily.

From the summit of Sitgreaves Pass the views are stunning. To the west there are panoramic views of the Colorado River Valley, and you can see three states. Looking east you can see historic Route 66 twisting and turning toward the Sacramento Valley with the towering Hualapai Mountains as a backdrop.

Come for the airshow, stay for the weekend. It’s a weekend of adventure and fun your family won’t forget! Read more about Oatman, Sitgreaves Pass, and Route 66 in the Black Mountains on the Jim Hinckley’s America website.

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