Outdoor Nevada S3 Ep4 Clip | Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

Outdoor Nevada S3 Ep4 Clip | Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area


♪♪♪ Today I’m in the Big Bend
of the Colorado area around Laughlin where
the hiking is phenomenal. It turns out there’s
a lot more than that– a river runs through it.The Colorado River
stretches from
the Rockies up northdown 1,450 miles
into Mexico.
Here the river is
what gives Nevada’s
southern tip its iconic
shape and it’s where
I meet Craig,
who’s going to show me
what makes Big Bend
so special.
Craig, brother,
how are you doing? -Good, John,
how are you? -Outstanding.
I’ve never been to Laughlin before,
and I’m thoroughly impressed already.
This is a great spot. -It is. Down here
at the southern tip of the state, it’s
unlike any other park. -Tell me about this area. Give me the size
of this park. (Craig Robinson)
This park is a little
over 2,000 acres, and the main draw is
the sandy beach you see. We’ve got approximately
a mile of sandy beach. -That’s kind of rare. I mean, I rarely
see a beach on a beautiful river
like that. -On the river, beach
is prime real estate.People have been
coming to this area
for 13,000 years,
but it wasn’t until 1964
when Don Laughlin
built his first casino
six miles north of here
that this part
of the Colorado River
began its run
as a tourist destination.How many people you got
coming through here? -You know, roughly
it’s probably in the 100,000 range
per year. The majority of that
is in the summer. -Yeah, I bet. And this river
divides two states? -It does. Right here
where we’re standing is beautiful Nevada and on the other
side, Arizona. -I noticed you didn’t say
beautiful Arizona. (laughter) A brand new park? -The park itself
is relatively new. We opened in 1996,
and we’ve had the park for about 20 years
and built it to what it is today.Though Big Bend is
a Nevada state park,
we’re at the convergence
of three states.
The California border
is six miles southwest
and Riviera, Arizona
is less than
a quarter mile
across the river
but sits in a
different time zone.
On the walk here
to the beach, I noticed the water
is crystal clear. Tell me about it. -The Colorado River
as it comes down has multiple dams,
and those dams are really good at
damming up sediment, and they control
the water. So the sediment
stays behind and the water
comes through. As the water
comes through, anything that was in
the river at the time has been washed out
so the result is this cool,
crystal-clear water. -Boy, and when
you say cool, people still go swimming,
but it’s the place to be on a hot summer day.
-Absolutely. When it’s 120,
there’s nothing better.The Big Bend of the
Colorado State Park
lies downstream from
Hoover and Davis dams,
so a lot of the
sediment in the water
never makes it this far;
the effects are stunning.
Is this a natural
outlet here? -This right here
is a man-made lagoon, and the big draw
is it’s a currentless boat launch,
and for our boaters, nothing’s better
than being able to launch without
the current. It makes it
so much easier. -Now, you
mentioned boating, what else is going on
around here? -During the summertime,
it’s full of boats and jet skis
and swimming. We’re still here
in the wintertime and we’re full of
camping, fishing, picnicking
and just relaxing on the beach
watching wildlife, a great place to be. -You got some good
hiking going on here. What kind of fish
you got in here? -Mostly it’s bass,
large mouth and striper. -Do you know what
I’m going to do? I’m going to sample
some of the stuff you got going on here
and start with the kayak. -Absolutely,
you have fun. -Thanks a lot.
-Okay. Thank you. Take it from me–you can spend
a lifetime hiking
Nevada’s canyons
and trails,
but you get a whole
different perspective
when you view the
landscape from the water.
What a sight!

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