Ehrenberg, Arizona

Once a mining town known as Mineral City, the town was also a major port for people traveling down the river, headed for the interior of Arizona. Today, bring your watercraft for a day of play on the Colorado River without having to fight throngs of other river enthusiasts.

The town was renamed Ehrenberg after Herman Ehrenberg, a surveyor and mining engineer, who was murdered in Dos Palmas, California, in 1866. By the mid – 1870s Ehrenberg was booming, with nearly 500 people living mostly in brush and adobe houses. Mike Goldwater, grandfather of former Senator Barry Goldwater, established a mercantile store and warehouse there.

The unincorporated community has a Mohave Desert setting 200 feet above sea level. Nearby mountains provide topographic relief. Ehrenberg is on Interstate 10, across the Colorado River from Blythe, California. Phoenix is 142 miles east.

Believe it or not, Arizona doesn’t have a single sand dune. Ehrenberg, however, is a short zip away from the Glamis sand dunes, one of the best sand dune riding locations in the U.S. If you’re a drag racing fan, desert sand drags are a popular pastime here, too.

We stayed at the Arizona Oasis and had a blast for three weeks, look for a review on that place!