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Pirate Cove RV Park — Needles, Calif.

Riverfront camping along the Colorado River
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
$39 to $55
  • 80%


Pirate’s Cove Resort rests just on the Arizona/California border of the Colorado River in Needles, Calif. It is truly like no other campground we have been to.

All of the riverfront RV sites are separated over 25 individual peninsulas that contain two to 10 spots each. We spent two weeks nestled steps away from the beautiful Colorado River and were treated daily to breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The dark skies at night give way to stargazing and are such a refreshing break from the light pollution of so many RV parks.

Although Needles may not be high on your list of must-see areas, Pirate’s Cove is less than an hour from Bullhead City, Ariz., and Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

We really felt we had a chance to connect back with nature here and would encourage to take a step away from traditional RV parks and see what Pirate Cove has to offer.

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  • The unique layout of the campground is high on our list of pros! Most of the peninsula’s only have four RV spots so there is a great chance to plan a stay with a few friends and you will have your own private area.
  • Each set of peninsulas share a beach area so you are never more than a short walk to soft sand and an area to dip your feet in the Colorado River.
  • This is a great place for adventure lovers. Nearly all of the campers had some sort of a “toy” and there are plenty of places to use them. Whether you love to off road, ride your dirt bike, boat, kayak, or canoe, you will have a chance to spend your time doing what you love.
  • More than 3,200 miles of off road trails on Bureau of Land Management property can be accessed right from the campground.
  • Boat launch and boat slips are available for campers/visitors to use (some fees involved).
  • Near the front of the campground there is a playground and free splash pad for the kids.
  • Covered pavilions are available near the beach at the front of the resort which are a much needed shelter from the extreme heat during peak times of the year.
  • The restaurant can be accessed from the campground via vehicle or boat. Overlooking the water, the restaurant/bar provides cabana type tables on the sand or more traditional seating inside.
  • The free campground shuttle is just a phone call away and will take you from the back peninsulas anywhere in the campground.
  • Laundry facilities were functional and clean. Prices were $1.75 to wash and $1.25 to dry standard size loads. Because there is a lot of “weekenders/vacationers” here, the laundry room was always available for use when we needed it.
  • All of the sites on the peninsulas are full hook up and we had great water pressure and power output.
  • The campground was great about accepting mail and packages on our behalf. That is always a pleasant surprise for us.
  • There was a good Verizon signal even though you are quite far from any real sized city. Note: our Sprint coverage was basically non-existent.
  • The southern edge of Lake Mead National Recreation Area is within an hour and makes for a beautiful day trip.
  • There are lots of things to see and do in Lake Havasu, about 40 minutes away. Make sure you don’t miss seeing the original London Bridge that was transported over to Arizona!
  • The staff was great and very accommodating when we needed to rearrange our reservations more than once.
  • There are campsites to meet everyone’s needs. There are even group tent areas. Note: There are RV spots that are not on the river so make sure to mention that when making reservations to make sure you end up where you would like.
  • Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout most of the campground.
  • 24 hour security at the gate provides reassurance of a safe environment limited to those that have paid to stay at the campground.
  • The cabin rentals by the marina, store and restaurant looked beautiful and the whole area had a resort feel to it. It would be an excellent place to have family or friends visit.


  • The roads throughout the park are quite rough, but passable, as long as you stick to the 15 mph speed limit.
  • Depending on where your hook ups are on your RV, you may need extensions to reach the pedestals which are on the extreme back of most campsites. Make sure to stress the length of your rig when making reservations. Some sites are NOT suitable for big rigs.
  • Make sure to stock up on groceries before you venture here. You will be about 35 minutes from the nearest Wal-Mart and even farther to other amenities.
  • The drive back to the peninsula from the entrance is 1.5 miles to the first entrance and if you are at one end or the other it could be close to 3 miles.

About Jen Holt

Jen Holt and her husband Drew are parents to two young kids and travel the country in their fifth wheel nicknamed Big Moosey. The Holts have a passion for the outdoors and love visiting National Parks. You can follow more about the Holts adventures at

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