There are stunning views of the Grand Wash Cliffs as high as 6,000' to the east and the distant glow of Las Vegas to the west. Meadview is a quiet retirement community surrounded by federal land (BLM and NPS). The community is of recent origin having been started around 1960 as a retirement community and as of 2012 had a population of about 2,000 in the area.
The recorded history of the area began in 1826, when Jedediah Smith passed through on his first Southwest Expedition in search of beaver. Other early explorers were John C. Fremont, Lt. Edward Beale, Lt. Joseph Ives and Major John Wesley Powell.
Meadview is the perfect hideaway with many recreational opportunities including boating, waterskiing,
swimming, camping,hiking, and photography. Meadview is where the river rafts exit after their journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Boating on Lake Mead is at its best at this end of the lake. Crystal clear water, fantastic scenery with vast panoramas of photographic opportunities, and miles of open water with deep coves, and clean, sandy beaches provides endless recreation.
Peace and solitude are yours for the asking - and the fishing is great. The eastern end of the lake is fabled for its fishing. Fish to be caught include striped bass which can reach monster sizes up to 60 pounds, large mouth bass, catfish and bluegill. Meadview, the only community in Arizona with access to Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon by personal watercraft, graces the easterly end of Lake Mead on an unspoiled plateau swept with Joshua Trees.
Pierce Ferry Road is main artery to Meadview. It was the original Morman Trail used by pioneers on their way west. The Grand Wash Cliffs stretch 10 miles from Lake Mead City past downtown Meadview. Meadview is mostly a retirement and vacation area with Lake Mead only 10 miles away. The population is estimated to be around 3,500. The children attend school in Dolan Springs K-12th grades. (approx. 30 miles away) The county provides the bus service.
The scenery in the area is beautiful. Meadview is located right in the center of the areas thickest and densest Joshua Tree Forest. The everchanging mountain range of the Grand Wash Cliffs with their spectacular colors, and of course there is Lake Mead National Recreational Area. The air is clean and the skies are clear. At night you can view millions of stars in the sky. It is a great place to own a telescope. The water is pure and untreated, pumped from deep wells. The air clear and clean as there is no industry or factories to cause any pollution.
The climate is mild with summer highs of 90 to 100 and winter lows of 40 to 60. The evenings cool off nicely in summer. Once in a while you will see some snow fall. The plant life depends each year on the amount of rainfall, but includes the Joshua Tree, the Yucca, and a spectacular variety of wildflowers, cacti, plants and weeds covering the desert.
There is a wide variety of animals including Wild Horses, Burros, Coyotes, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Cotton Tail and Jack Rabbits, Quail, Road Runners, Snakes and Lizards. In the coves or on the cliffs that line the lake, you could see the majestic desert bighorn sheep. The rams are a sturdy animals carrying massive curved horns and boasting large harems of ewes with their young.
The wild burros, descendants of those left behind by discouraged prospectors, drink at the water's edge, as do cougars, bobcats and coyotes. Few nights pass without a serenade from a family of coyotes. Badgers, cottontails, and the wily black-eared jackrabbit, and even deer can be found within the park boundaries. Antelope are quite rare, but are seen occasionally.
Bird watchers can find over 250 species of birds ranging from 5 kinds of humming birds to the osprey, golden eagle, and even the bald eagle. There are 60 species of waterfowl including ducks, herons, brown pelicans, geese, coots, terns, and the small swan like billed grebe. Songbirds, owls, hawks, ravens and the turkey vulture are constant visitors to the area. Gambel's quail thrive in our area, sometimes numbering the hundreds as they search for seeds under the brush. In season.
Meadview is in Mohave County in the North Western area of Arizona. There is meteorite hunting, rock hunting, 4-wheeling, hiking and gold prospecting.
Photo opportunities abound of mountain sheep, wild burros, coyotes, quail, cottontails, jack-rabbits and maybe and owl or hawk perched on a power pole. There are also endless mountain views to enjoy and photograph.
Come to visit and stay for a lifetime!