The “west coast” of Arizona includes the counties of Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma and is bounded by the Colorado River as it flows from Lake Mead in the north to Mexico in the south. Along the river, water activities such as fishing, boating, water skiing, and other water sports are popular. Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the north, created by the Hoover Dam, is the largest of the three manmade lakes on this stretch of the river.
The region boasts several national parks that are popular for camping. There are also several wildlife refuges both along the river and further inland. The largest in the area, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, protects pristine desert and is home to bighorn sheep.
The region is primarily desert and mountains to the east, with river activities to the west. Main cities include Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and Kingman. There are several Indian tribes along the Colorado River, and Hispanic influence is strong, especially in the south. Although the region maps 21% of the state’s total area, about 357,000 people (7% of the population) live in this region. The region’s main industries are tourism, agriculture, mining, military, and government.