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Old 04-22-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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Nellie E's Saloon, near Parker, AZ

We'd been hearing about this mythical bar in the Arizona desert for awhile. On a recent trip to Parker, AZ, it came up again and we decided to check it out. WOW! It's a must see but be prepared. The drive begins 6 miles or so north of Parker, AZ on US 95, turn off on Cienega Springs Rd and be prepared for a 5 mile drive on a rutted desert road littered with car parts and past a shooting range! The place is only open on weekends from noon to 6pm. When we headed over, we got into a conga line of about 50 cars with the same idea we had to get there when it opened.

We saw a couple rental cars and family trucksters but I sure as he*l wouldn't do it with anything less than a well maintained high clearance truck or SUV. 4x4 isn't necessary, the road is ok but rutted.

After resisting the temptation of turning around several times, we were rewarded with a view of a deserted mine that has turned into a true oasis! 3 bands, 4 different food vendors, horseshoes, plenty of "refreshments" (everybody was under control, it's not THAT kind of place), pool tables, and seating for a couple hundred. All this with no utility hookups, all solar and well water!

The food is great. Next time tho, we're scaring up 5 or 6 others to share that nacho's (desert poutine, folks). It's served in an aluminum roasting pan, looks awesome, and there's enough for a herd. I'm guessing it weighs 7 or 8 pounds!

I'll let the pictures describe it better than I can:
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:11 AM   #2
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Cool report Greggo. Looks like a Quartzsite gathering day trip next Feb.
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We'd been hearing about this mythical bar in the Arizona desert for awhile. On a recent trip to Parker, AZ, it came up again and we decided to check it out. WOW! It's a must see but be prepared. The drive begins 6 miles or so north of Parker, AZ on US 95, turn off on Cienega Springs Rd and be prepared for a 5 mile drive on a rutted desert road littered with car parts and past a shooting range! The place is only open on weekends from noon to 6pm. When we headed over, we got into a conga line of about 50 cars with the same idea we had to get there when it opened.

We saw a couple rental cars and family trucksters but I sure as he*l wouldn't do it with anything less than a well maintained high clearance truck or SUV. 4x4 isn't necessary, the road is ok but rutted.

After resisting the temptation of turning around several times, we were rewarded with a view of a deserted mine that has turned into a true oasis! 3 bands, 4 different food vendors, horseshoes, plenty of "refreshments" (everybody was under control, it's not THAT kind of place), pool tables, and seating for a couple hundred. All this with no utility hookups, all solar and well water!

The food is great. Next time tho, we're scaring up 5 or 6 others to share that nacho's (desert poutine, folks). It's served in an aluminum roasting pan, looks awesome, and there's enough for a herd. I'm guessing it weighs 7 or 8 pounds!

I'll let the pictures describe it better than I can:
Will have to put that on our bucket list . Nice picture of you and Ann. I have some neighbors that moved there too . Looks like you are having lot's of fun Gregg . Pat
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Greg, I'd have put $'s on you having checked it out already. Fersure, let's have a road trip caravan out there in Feb. Earl can be the DD. It kind of reminds me of Pancho Barnes's place in The Right Stuff or Chuck Yeager's book. A hopping joint literally in the middle of noplace.

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That conga line of cars reminds me of herd of cattle being corralled.....
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Lot's of people, but that can be lots of fun. Quite the setup they have. Any more photos? A place to maybe add to the "check-it-out" list.
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Here are a couple more views of the Desert Bar: Sunday, January 26, 2014. If you don't want to drive, they will fly you in from Lake Havasu City in a helicopter, although I suspect it is a bit more expensive than driving!
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Here are a couple more views of the Desert Bar: Sunday, January 26, 2014. If you don't want to drive, they will fly you in from Lake Havasu City in a helicopter, although I suspect it is a bit more expensive than driving!
Great shots, Jon. I'm not surprised you'd have been out there, esp since the turnoff is just up the road from Buckskin.

What a find.
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Great shots, Jon. I'm not surprised you'd have been out there, esp since the turnoff is just up the road from Buckskin.

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Jon, I'm thinking La Paz is where you go at the River?
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Jon, I'm thinking La Paz is where you go at the River?
I didn't go there this year, but spent a month in site 20 at the park in 2014. I also spent 2 weeks at Buckskin & 2 weeks at Cattail Cove state parks.
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The river is our go-to place in Jan/Feb. Can't think of a better place to spend the winter. Weather's great and we get an extra hour of daylight since they stay on mountain standard time compared to the coast.
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You got the Right Stuff, nicely put, Greggo. Now on my list next time I'm out that way.
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