I don’t remember exactly where this is. It was a short walk down an arroyo from US95, the two-lane that runs north from Blythe along the Colorado River to Parker. The farming here is all on the Arizona side of the river. This was all underwater during the river’s pre-dam spring high flows, big desert valley at low flows. Couldn’t have had boat docks, or alfalfa.
My guess would be the lovely Aha Quin Resort by looking at the photo. There are several ‘resorts’ like these located between Blythe and Parker. Waterwheel and Lost Lake being the others. All have the unique distinction of residing on the California side of the river and being owned by the tribe. The layout of the river’s topology above Palo Verde Dam favors the Arizona side for agriculture. The Parker Valley residing in Arizona.
Following Hwy 95 North from Blythe, you noticed that you were driving through a series of mesas and arroyos that extended right down to the river. Unusable for agriculture but a nice spot to party on in some spots.
How would I explain the use of the river here? Like a Mullet haircut, “business in the front, and party in the back”.