“HURRICANE? Are there really hurricanes in Utah?” Well, no. This is Utah, not Florida. “How did the town get the name Hurricane?” Legend has it that one windy day in the 1860’s Mormon leader Erastus Snow had a whirlwind blow the top off a buggy he was driving. He reportedly said, “Well, that was a Hurricane. We’ll name this the Hurricane Hill.” Hurricane is pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by the locals. Don’t want you to sound like a tourist. For a more intimate look at Hurricane’s history, visit the Hurricane Valley Pioneer Heritage Park and Museum. You can take a walk to learn about the area’s historic buildings and get directions to the Hurricane Canal Trail. The museum is located at 35 W State St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. If not for the Hurricane Canal, the town of Hurricane would not exist. Begun in 1893, the Hurricane Canal took water from the upper reaches of the Virgin River and delivered it to the rich agricultural valley of Hurricane. Today, visitors can hike along the path of the original pioneers who created this engineering marvel.
Dinosaur footprints are scattered throughout the Southern Utah area. Just a few minutes from Hurricane are some of the best preserved and protected examples at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. More than 1,000 examples of these 200 million-year-old wonders have been found, including imprints of dinosaur skin! Hurricane is only 35 minutes from Mesquite, NV.
If you have energy left after your race, here are a few web site links to area hikes and scenery. There may be admission fees, so check for current pricing on the websites.
Petroglyphs near Snow Canyon: http://www.hikestgehorge.com/snow-canyon-state-park-petroglyphs/
Zion is 20 minutes from Hurricane. In November, visitors should be able to drive the scenic road to any of the trails, giving them the option to stop at any of the trails and explore.
Bryce Canyon is about 90 minutes from Hurricane.
Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch is an amazing hike, with excellent slot canyons! You can go for a long hike or turn around whenever you want. Wire pass is about 3 hours from Hurricane. There is a parking fee, so check their website for current fee: http://www.americansouthwest.net/slot_canyons/buckskin_gulch/canyon.html.
ATV rental site: http://southernutahadventurecenter.com
Nevada- The mission of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, located at 35 West Mesquite Boulevard, is to deepen the understanding by the community and visitors of the Virgin Valley, specifically Mesquite, Bunkerville and southern Nevada. The museum strives to bring history to life through collections, exhibits, special events and educational opportunities. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and admission is free.
Also in Mesquite, you can find the Fine Arts Center located at 15 W Mesquite Blvd. Admission to the exhibits is free. They are open Monday – Saturday 10 am to 4pm.
Valley of Fire is close to Mesquite. There is a fee to enter the park. Check the web site for current pricing: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/
The Hardyville Cemetery, also known as the Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery, is at located at 1776 Arizona State Route 95 in Bullhead. In the 19th century, the current site of Bullhead City was named Hardyville, after early resident and politician William Hardy. After the 19th century, there was population boom in Hardyville as mining became more profitable, but the beginning of the 20th century saw mining activities move away from the Colorado River and Hardyville. When the railroad was constructed from Needles, California to Kingman, Arizona, Hardyville was abandoned and became a ghost town. The Hardyville Cemetery, now a historic landmark, is the most significant existing remnant of Hardyville.
The Colorado River Museum features a collection of Indian artifacts, pottery, photographs, old memorabilia and antiques that really bring the area’s past to life. A model railway, Mojave Tribe artifacts, photos and maps from today and yesterday, minerals and gemstone, plus a fossilized nautilus snail that dates back some 240 million years are few of the exhibits that make it a worthwhile visit. The museum is located at Highway 95, ½ mile north of the Laughlin Bridge at Davis Camp, Bullhead City.
Oatman, an authentic old western town with burros roaming the streets and gunfights staged on weekends, is a fun place to visit. (The burros are tame and can be hand fed.) Oatman started life over 100 years ago as a mining tent camp, and quickly became a flourishing gold-mining center. In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and within a year, the town’s population grew to more than 3,500. Oatman was served by a narrow gauge rail line between 1903 and 1905 that ran 17 miles to the Colorado River near Needles, California.
But both the population and mining booms were short lived: in 1921, a fire burned down many of the smaller shacks in town; three years later, the main mining company, United Eastern Mines, shut down operations for good. Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66, but in the 1960s, when the route became what is now Interstate 40, Oatman virtually died.
Enjoy all Pirate Cove Resort (race site) has to offer: from camping, to restaurants, to fun, they have something for everyone! Do you like playing in the sand? The Pirate Cove Off-Highway Vehicle experience offers over 3,200 miles of BLM-approved designated trails. Explore hidden treasures around every turn as you navigate your off-road vehicle through sand dunes, historic bridges, and old mineshaft passages. Rentals are available. Visit: www.arizonawatersports.com/offroad_rentals.htm, or call 928-453-5558 or toll free: 800-393-5558 for more information.
Do you prefer water over sand? A Pirate’s Life Charter offers a luxury mini-cruise on a state-of-the-art, tropically-themed yacht equipped with flat screen TV’s, a wet bar, restrooms, and air-conditioned cabin as well as a shaded upper viewing deck. Call to reserve your yacht: 928-453-6600 Ext. 114 or toll-free: 888-453-6600 Ext. 114.
A yacht too fancy for you? Pirate’s Intimate Boat Tour (up to 6 passengers) offers narrated tours that describe the history of the area, from local Indian legends to the paddle wheel prominence of the Colorado River as a main transportation corridor to Mexico. Enjoy breathtaking views of dramatic red rock formations as well as rare plants and wildlife… you’ll even experience 3,000-year-old Native American Indian petroglyphs. Call for pricing and reservations: 760-326-9000 or toll-free: 866-301-3000.