Colorado River Indian Tribes

Take a trip to experience the diverse community of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona.

The Colorado River, with its stunning canyon walls and famed whitewater rafting, sets the background for the American Indian tribes that call this land home. Located in western Arizona—with land in three counties: La Paz in Arizona and San Bernadino and Riverside in California—their land spans the Colorado River, which provides 90 miles of shoreline.

History & Nature

The indigenous people of the region were the agricultural Mohave and the more nomadic Chemehuevi. A portion of the land was later reserved in 1945 for colonization by American Indians of other tribes, specifically the Hopi and Navajo, who helped to make the region a rich mixture of various American Indian cultures.

Things to Do

Today there are numerous ways to immerse yourself in the region’s history. Take a look around the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum, the oldest established tribal museum in Arizona. The Ahakhav Tribal Preserve offers scenic outlooks for picnics, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. There are also annual events, such as the CRIT Establishment Day and the Annual National Native American Day, that offer more ways to experience the community’s culture.

Where to Stay

Located in Parker, the BlueWater Resort & Casino features an action-packed casino, 200-room hotel, marina, three swimming pools with a two-story water slide, entertainment, dining, and movie theater.

Annual Events

CRIT Establishment Day
Location: 2nd & Mohave, Parker
Date: March

Annual National Native American Day
Location: Mantaba Park, Parker
Date: September/October

All-Indian Rodeo
Location: Rodeo Grounds, Parker
Date: December

For More Information

Tribal Government
26600 Mohave Rd.
Parker, AZ 85344
(928) 669-9211

Visit Tribal Website


Cities & Regions

From the abundance of Saguaro cactuses and unique wildlife in the Sonoran Desert to the high country and forests of the White Mountains to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Arizona’s regions are full of experiences that don’t disappoint.