The La Paz County Supervisors have voted to close Riverside Drive between the entrance to Buckskin Mountain State Park on the north and Sundance Saloon on the south. The vote came June 17 following an executive session where the Supervisors sought legal advice on what to do with the road.
In addition to the closure, the Supervisors asked the county’s insurance company to send an engineer to evaluate the road in order to determine what needs to be done to make it safe.
This section of Riverside Drive was once part of State Route 95 prior to the building of a bypass in the early 1990s. The road hugs the Colorado River and is considered quite scenic. It’s two lanes wide and passes several high cliffs. There is at least one major rock outcropping that goes over the roadway.
District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor said the county decided to take action on the road after several rocks from the cliffs fell onto the highway. He said that, so far, they had not had any boulders fall onto the roadway as they have in years past.
The north end of Riverside Drive was closed some years ago due to rock slides. It was reopened after preventive measures like high fences were put in place to keep rocks off the roadway.
The road was used during the Parker Tube Float June 8 for the shuttles between La Paz County Park and Buckskin Mountain State Park.