Moabi Regional Park Campground offers beach tent and RV camping along the Colorado River in the middle of California’s Mohave Desert, with loads of activities nearby at Pirate Cove Resort. Moabi Regional Park is a San Bernardino County Park, but the campground is operated by Pirate Cove Resort, which is next door to the park. Pirate Cove Resort is a destination for boaters coming up from Lake Havasu, and is popular with the spring break crowd, with beachfront cabins and campsites, a large bar overlooking the water, and even a zip line for the adventurous types. It is common for boaters to pull right up to the bar and beach themselves while they are inside having a drink or bite to eat.
Moabi Regional Park Campground offers a mix of dispersed camping and dedicated campsites, each of the dedicated campsites includes a picnic table, full RV hookups, charcoal grill, and access to bathrooms with showers. Security is provided to watch over the campsites. The tent campsites are located inland, away from the water, but are the nearest to the bathrooms and showers. Bonfires are aloud on the sandy beaches near the water. Fishing, hiking, boating and off-road driving are popular activities at Moabi Regional Park.
Moabi Regional Park Campground – Bottom Line
We love the area that Moabi Regional Park Campground is in. There is a ton of activities, but with the sandy beaches, the boats, and Pirate Cove Resort nearby it is also a great place to hang out during peak boating seasons. Pirate Cove Resort is something you would not expect to find in the middle of the desert, especially their bar, which is called The Naked Pirate. It reminds us of a bar you would expect to find on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean or Hawaii, with the large, open, shaded patio and palm trees. The service at the Naked Pirate is sometimes hit or miss, but the beer and drinks are cold and the food is pretty good, and hell I am sure they can’t be too picky when hiring people, the place is located in the middle of nowhere.
Moabi Regional Park has dedicated RV campsites, with full hookups, as well as family tent campground, although you can tent camp in the RV spaces as well. All of the campsites are located on sand dunes near the river, but these are still desert campsites with little to no shade and potentially snakes and scorpions in the warmer months.
The best times to go to to Moabi are early spring through early summer and fall. During these times it is not excessively hot and the boats are plentiful. The bottom line on Moabi Regional Park is go, at least once, preferably with good friends, as it is a unique campground in a unique setting. Also, if you have a decent boat that can make the run down the river to Lake Havasu, do it, and when you are there visit the Turtle Beach Bar and Grill (a.k.a. The Naked Turtle), which is another beach bar that is very similar to the Naked Pirate.
Moabi Regional Park Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized & Dispersed Camping available|
|Number of Campsites:||112 RV Campsites|
|Cost:||$50/night for RV campsites, $20/night for tent campsites. Also, see Moabi’s extensive list of other fees for boats, vehicles, etc. on the park’s website|
|Use Level:||Very High – Reservations Recommended|
|Showers:||Yes – Coin Operated|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||RV Sites have full hookups|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Other:||Boat Ramp, Convenience Store, Bar, Restaurant, Zip Line|
|Address:||100 Park Moabi Road
Needles, CA 92363
|Geo Coordinates:||34.728590, -114.512139|
|Nearest City/Town:||Bullhead City, Arizona|
|Location:||San Bernardino County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Convenience Store located onsite|
FROM LOS ANGELES/ ORANGE COUNTY
FROM LAS VEGAS
Take route US 95 South to I-40 East- Exit Park Moabi, just before Topock Gorge
Approximately 110 Miles.
Take I-10 West to Vicksburg Junction Exit #45, North to Route 72, take that West to AZ-95 North to Lake Havasu to AZ-95 North to I-40 West, just past Topock Gorge Exit at Park Moabi. Approximately 200 Miles.
FROM SAN DIEGO
Take I-8 East to Yuma. At Yuma take AZ-95 North to Lake Havasu City, to AZ-95 North to I-40 West, just past Topock Gorge Exit at Park Moabi
Approximately 350 Miles.
FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Take I-5 South exit CA-46 towards Lost Hills/ Wasco. Turn Left onto CA-46. Turn Right. Go straight up ramp and merge onto CA-99 S. Exit CA 58 E/Stockdale Hwy towards Tehachapi/Mojave. Merge onto Bakersfield/Tehachapi Hwy. This becomes CA-58 E. Exit Left on I-15 N towards Las Vegas. From I-15 N take I-40 exit. Merge onto I-40 E. to I-40 East to AZ- Exit at Park Moabi, just before Topock Gorge.
|Web:||San Bernardino County Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Early Spring – Early Summer & Fall – Moabi Regional Park is in the Mohave Desert, so it gets very hot in the summer, and is the low season for the area. We recommend going in spring, early summer, and fall as the days will be warm and the nights will be cooler. There will be more activity in the area during these times as well.
What To Do
Off-road driving – There are over 3,200 miles of off-road trails available nearby
Relax on the beach – A sandy beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.
Boating – The Colorado River is accessible from the boat ramps in the park and offers great destinations for a day on the river.
Moabi Regional Park Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Pirate Cove Resort