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EXPLORING THE AREA - SPECTATOR EVENTS

La Paz County and within easy proximity of Bouse plays host to an amazing variety of fun things to do! Whether searching for unique attractions or family-friendly activities and events, you've come to the right place. Spectator sports could easily be considered part of the local entertainment industry. There has been a significant growth of sport event tourism over the years which provide certain visitors to our region a lot of opportunities for whom watching sports events becomes a primary reason.

The Parker Area in particular is full of great spectator sports options that provide fans a near year-round schedule of events to watch. Here’s the lowdown :

OFF-ROAD RACING

It is a grueling and at times dangerous species of racing: trucks or other vehicles with oversize tires and pliable suspensions race through the desert at night at speeds up to 80 miles an hour, vaulting over rock piles and sailing off natural dirt ramps, with drivers sometimes blinded by clouds of dust kicked up by the vehicles in front off them. Yet it is so captivating an entertainment that thousands of families and other fans turn out for these off-road races and make them into weekend campouts.

PARKER 425

For 39 years, the event now knowns as BlueWater Resort & Casino / Best in the Desert Parker 425 is considered a premier event and draws some top names in the Off-road racing world. click here for Bitd site

 Enjoy a 5 min ride-a-long during the start of the Parker 425
(courtesy of Mongo Racing)

PARKER 250

The Parker event has a thirty year history of being a ROUGH and TOUGH long distance course and holds true to its reputation.
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BWRC / BiTD DESERT CHALLENGE

Hosted by the Blue Water Resort & Casino in October each year, the race is the fifth event in the six-race 2012 Best In The Desert “American Off-Road Racing Series”. Unlike all of the other Best In The Desert long distance races that are either a long loop race, or a point to point course the Blue Water Desert Challenge is a 2-day multi-race format that features Best In The Desert’s Car, Truck and UTV classes running both days for combined results to determine the winners.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON ALL THE OFF-ROAD & BOAT RACING EVENTS CONTACT

Parker Chamber of Commerce
or the
Parker Area Tourism Office
1217 S California Ave,
Parker, AZ 85344
928 669-2174

Locally the Bouse 'Y' offers two spectator areas that BouseAZ.com recommends ...
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Parker 425 map

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BOAT RACES

The 16-mile section of scenic waterway along the Colorado River called the “Parker Strip” is dear to adventurers’ hearts. Not only does it provide a venue for recreational water sports many plays hosts to events such as marathon ski races, personal watercraft championships, powerboat races. From class boat races for clubs from California to professional events like the "Enduro 300" the parker strip provides event organizers and spectators a perfect venue to safely hold an event and for spectators to watch.

These may include single or twin piston engine V-bottom boats, single or twin piston engine catamaran style boats, four piston engine boats, and turbine boats. Depending on the class, speeds varies from 65 mph (105 km/h) to 250 mph (400 km/h).

THE "ENDURO 300"

The Enduro was started by Marion Beaver, a Parker resident and world champion boat racer. He originated the Enduro in 1963. He passed away in 2007. His original concept was to create a boat race that would test the endurance of drivers and their machines. While the original race was nine hours, and halted for a time in the 1980s. It was revived in 2006. Each October the sound of boat racing fills the air as this endurance race version goes for 300 miles, some five hours of racing on a 6-mile course.


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