Laughlin is a town in Southern Nevada. It is known for its gaming and water recreation. In 2010, the population was 7,000. Laughlin is the third most visited casino and resort destination in the state after Las Vegas and Reno, and is one of the top five destinations for American recreational vehicle enthusiasts.
Laughlin is in the southernmost tip of Nevada at the bank of Colorado River (bordering Arizona), 90 mi (140 km) south of Las Vegas. The town got its name from Don Laughlin who purchased an old motel in the area in 1964 and opened the first casino. It is the third most visited casino and resort destination in the state after Las Vegas and Reno.
Laughlin has a hot desert climate, with under 6 in (150 mm) of precipitation per year. Summers are extremely hot with days frequently exceeding 110 °F (43 °C) in July and August while over-night lows tend to stay between 76–86 °F (24–30 °C). The winters are mild with days typically seeing temperatures between 65–75 °F (18–24 °C) and corresponding over-night lows between 43–52 °F (6–11 °C). It is one of the United States' hottest cities during the summer. Heat waves involving temperatures going over 120 °F (49 °C) are not unusual.
From Las Vegas
Interstate 515, US 93/95 south through Las Vegas towards Boulder City. After passing through Henderson and the Railroad Pass, take ramp and turn right onto US 95 south toward Searchlight/Laughlin for 55 mi (89 km) miles. Turn left onto NV 163. Head east for 19 mi (31 km) miles. Turn right on Casino Drive.
Approximately 98 mi (158 km) from Las Vegas; 2 hours
US 93 north to I-40 west through Kingman. Take the Bullhead City / Las Vegas exit and turn right at the signal at the end of the exit ramp. Continue west taking the Highway 68 ramp toward Bullhead City / Laughlin. Highway 68 merges into Arizona Highway 95. Turn right at the Laughlin Bridge.
Approximately 225 mi (362 km) from Phoenix; 4 hours.
From Southern California
I-15 north to Barstow; I-40 east to Needles, California. Exit on River Road cutoff, turn north for 22 mi (35 km) miles on Needles Highway to Casino Drive, turn right.
There are charter and seasonal flights from some American and Canadian cities to 1 Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport. (IFP IATA) in Bullhead City, Arizona across the river. The airport is not served by any major airline.
- Southern Nevada Transit Coalition. Bus service from Las Vegas and Searchlight, Monday-Friday.
- Greyhound buses from Los Angeles (via Las Vegas) and Phoenix stop just across the river in Bullhead City.
There are guided one-day tours from Las Vegas by bus.
There are no freeways that pass through Laughlin. The Southern Nevada Transit Coalition provides bus service on two routes in Laughlin, one of which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- 1 Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs. Prehistoric rock drawings dating back between 1100 and 1900 AD.
- Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Museum, 1650 S Casino Dr (inside the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino). It's the city founder's car collection. +1 702-298-2535
If you win...
Chances are that, if you win it big in Laughlin and you are not a U.S. citizen your winnings will be subject to a 30% withholding tax from the Internal Revenue Service. That $10,000 slot winning can dwindle quite quickly if that is taken off the top. Not to worry though you can reclaim your gambling winnings tax through a 1042-S form. You should get this from the casino so don't lose it: it is your starting ticket to getting your gambling winnings back.
Laughlin has nine major hotel-casinos that line the Colorado River, and also is home to the Laughlin River Walk. This walkway runs between the row of Laughlin's casinos and the Nevada shore of the Colorado River. The casino-hotels are similar to the ones in Las Vegas with slot machines, gaming tables, restaurants and shopping.
- Laughlin Event Center. Hosts live music concerts and special events. It is located just west of Casino Drive, behind the Laughlin Outlet Center shopping mall.
- 1 Mojave Resort Golf Club, 9905 Aha Macav Parkway, ☏ .
- Colorado River Greenway Heritage Trail. The park is in the North Reach of Laughlin. It includes nine miles of trails for bicyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians; restrooms; picnic sites; shade shelters; fishing piers; an extensive playground with water sprays in the summer; and a pedestrian bridge over State Highway 163 which provides access to the Colorado River.
- Mountain View Park. In the center of Upper Laughlin, next to the Spirit Mountain Activity Center, and one block from the town library. It has two softball fields, a playground, exercise trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball court, shaded picnic tables, a dog run, and a skateboard park.
- Town Pool. At the south end of Upper Laughlin is the town pool which is open during the summer months. It includes full locker room facilities, shaded tables, and a large water park-style slide.
- 1 Laughlin Outlet Center, 1955 S Casino Dr (across the street from the Aquarius Casino Resort), ☏ . M-Sa 9AM to 8PM, Su 10AM to 7PM, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Outlet shopping with more than 60 merchants, indoor food court and market, and 8 acres of indoor parking.
Many of the casinos include shopping areas with souvenirs and other merchandise such as used playing cards and crap dice.
The casinos offer a variety of dining options, ranging from buffets to simple cafes to gourmet restaurants.
- The Range Steakhouse, 2900 S Casino Dr, ☏ . Steakhouse at Harrah's Laughlin.
- Saltgrass Steak House, 2300 S Casino Dr, ☏ . Steakhouse at the Golden Nugget.
As at Las Vegas, free drinks are offered to all gamblers actively playing games on the casino floor. You should tip the waitress at least $1 per drink. Failure to do so will most likely result in the waitress visiting you less often, and visiting those more often who do tip.
- 1 Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino, 1650 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 2 Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, 2300 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 3 The New Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall (formerly The Colorado Hotel), 2200 S Casino Dr, toll-free: .
- 4 Laughlin River Lodge (formerly River Palms), 2700 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 5 Edgewater Casino Resort, 2020 S Casino Dr, ☏ , toll-free: (reservations). Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 6 Colorado Belle Casino Resort, 2100 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 7 Harrah's Laughlin, 2900 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 8 Tropicana Laughlin Hotel and Casino (formerly Ramada Express), 2121 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 9 Aquarius Casino Resort (formerly The Flamingo Hilton), 1900 S Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 10 Avi Resort & Casino, 10000 Aha Macav Pkwy, ☏ . Native American casino right on the southern tip of the state.
- 11 Bayshore Inn (Bay Shore Suites), 1955 W Casino Dr, ☏ .
- 12 Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, ☏ , email@example.com. Day use:$10/ vehicle. Boat launch $10. Camping $20/ night, plus $10 for utility hook-ups.
- Laughlin Library, 2840 S Needles Hwy, ☏ .
- Searchlight – About 40 mi (64 km) to the northwest of Laughlin on the SR-163 and then US-95. A former mining town, Searchlight maintains its heritage with its own museum, which while small is also educational. The town also has two casinos both run by Terrible's and two motels. Searchlight Airport has no commercial flights, and is uncontrolled, unmanned, and unlighted.
- Bullhead City – About 6 mi (9.7 km) to the east of Laughlin over the Colorado River is Bullhead City, serving as an entry-point to and from Arizona.
|Routes through Laughlin|
|Las Vegas ← Searchlight ←||N S||→ Needles → Blythe|
|Ends at ←||W E||→ becomes → Bullhead City|