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Transportation  |  Medical Facilities  |  General Recreation  |  River Recreation
Climate  |  Education  |  Housing  |  54th Agricultural District
 

Transportation
  • Blythe is located at the junction of Interstate 10 and US 95. Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside are about 200 miles west on Interstate 10. Phoenix is 150 miles east on the same freeway. The resorts of Laughlin and Las Vegas, Nevada are respectively 125 and 200 miles north on Highway 95. Yuma, Arizona is 85 miles south on the same road. Blythe is within a four-hour driving distance of 10 percent of the entire population of the United States. The town is jokingly said to be 60 miles from anything but is within 200 miles of everything.

    The Arizona and California Railroad provides Blythe with regular rail service. At this time, 85% of the rail service is agriculture related.

    Conway Western Express has a 120-bay distribution center located at the Blythe Airport Industrial Center. Airfreight through U.P.S. is available at the airport.

Medical Facilities

  • Palo Verde Hospital is a 55-bed acute care facility serving Blythe and the surrounding Palo Verde Valley areas. Palo Verde Hospital is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of our patients, staff and community.

    Air-Evac to regional major trauma centers is also available.

General Recreation

  • There is power boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting and other water sports. There is almost 95 miles of navigable water to use for your enjoyment between the Palo Verde Diversion Dam above Blythe, and Imperial Dam below Yuma.

    The Palo Verde Valley is an indoor and outdoor recreational wonderland. Outdoor activities include boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, camping, rock hounding, hiking, archery, hunting, horseback riding, trapping, trap & skeet shooting, dune buggying, and dirt biking. Blythe’s 350 days of sunshine offer year round sporting activities such as tennis, golfing, softball, football, soccer, and volleyball. The City of Blythe’s Recreation Department offers indoor racquetball, basketball, aerobic activities, weight room, summer swimming, supervised games for all ages and after school youth activities. They also supervise basketball, soccer, football, track and volleyball leagues. Under different programs are little league baseball, Blythe football league and many different softball leagues.

    The Blythe Municipal Golf Course located at the northwest end of the valley. The course is rated 72.4 Men’s yardage at blue tees 6866 – Lady’s yardage 5684. Men’s Par 72 Slope 121 – Lady’s Par 73 Slope 110. It features a majestic view of the Palo Verde Valley.

    The city maintains 4 public parks including the “Big Foot Skate-board Park” for all skateboarders. This facility is located at Todd Park which is known for its large beautiful shade trees. You’ll also find the community center located here. Miller Park on 14th and Lovekin Blvd. features an RV dumping and water station. This unique facility is available to all that visit the Blythe area at no charge.

River Recreation

  • There is power boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting and other water sports. There is almost 95 miles of navigable water to use for your enjoyment between the Palo Verde Diversion Dam above Blythe, and Imperial Dam below The Palo Verde Valley is an indoor and outdoor recreational wonderland. Outdoor activities include boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, camping, rock hounding, hiking, archery, hunting, horseback riding, trapping, trap & skeet shooting, dune buggying, and dirt biking.

    The Colorado River and its backwaters are home to a variety of finny creatures, including crappies, perch, bluegill, striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, tilapia, carp and various species of catfish, including flatheads, some of which are large enough to cause one great concern as to just exactly where one should grab it to land it! Most of the species are even found in the Valleys, canals and drainage ditches.

    Flatheads in excess of 40 pounds been taken on occasion and those in the 10 to 20 pound class are not at all uncommon. Inasmuch as the flathead feeds only on live prey, most anglers use goldfish, carp minnows, small bluegill or waterdogs for bait. Better pack a pretty heavy rig for those babies, and with heavy line.

    The ultralite rig will come in handy for bluegill and perch on night crawlers, and crappie, caught on night crawlers, worms and with small crappie jigs, fished slowly. A small safety pin spinner attached to the jig, retrieved or trolled slowly, is very effective.

    The prime location for stripped bass is most likely just below the diversion dam, some 12 miles North of Blythe on Highway 95. Fishing with moderately heavy gear, large lures and both live and cut bait have been used successfully.

    Small mouth bass up to 4+ pounds are taken on live crawdads, shiners and artificial lures such as crankbaits, spinnerbait, plastic grubs and worms. Spinning, spincast and baitcasting are rigs one would regularly use for bass fishing will do fine on these superb fighters.

    The largemouth bass fishing offered in the area would have to be classed as excellent, with 3 to 6 pounders being caught regularly and quite a few in the 6+ pounds are recorded each year. They are in excellent physical condition and will give you some exciting battles. They are taken on live bait and on just about every conceivable artificial lure invented and by every method from flipping to trolling. Even in the colder weather good catches may be had and during the warmer weather, the topwater bite can be awesome! While a boat is not necessary to catch bass, one is certainly preferable. A boat lets you get to those honey holes not accessible from the shore.

    Upon your arrival, check in with the Blythe Chamber office for directions to the many launching and camping facilities available. Then visit to some of the bait and tackle establishments will be most helpful in learning what s going on at that particular time of year.

    Remember, the worst day of fishing is better than the best day of working! Oh yes, while we want you to enjoy eating a mess of fish, we also urge you to practice catch and release. It will sort of make you feel good when you turn a few loose!
Fishing Licenses Available at:  
B & B Bait
10380 8th Avenue
(760) 921-2248
Yellowmart
228 W. Hobsonway
(760) 922-4215

Climate

  • We enjoy over 350 days of sunshine a year. The summers are hot with the rest of the year being beautiful to mild. Average winter high temperatures range from 55 to 75 degrees with a few nights dropping below freezing.

    Nine months out of the year, the valley experiences some of the best weather in the world. Average summer temperatures are 85 to 110 degrees, with occasional days reaching the low to mid 120’s. The hottest official temperature is 122 degrees, however, many have reported 127 degrees. The difference may be that many thermometers stop at 120 degrees Fahrenheit! Annual rainfall is approximately 3 inches. Air pollution has just started to find its way to Blythe, but it is not uncommon to have fifty-mile visibility. On very clear days the peak of Mt. San Jacinto towering over Palm Springs, can be seen 130 miles to the west.

Education

  • At the time of this writing, there are 5 preschools and 1 private school. Palo Verde Unified School District has three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one continuation school. Palo Verde College is a California community college that provides an exemplary learning environment with high quality educational programs and services at a reasonable cost.

Housing

  • You will find very affordable housing in Blythe. In the Blythe area homes range from in the low nineties to high nineties. Dwelling rentals range from $350 to $700 per month for one or two bedroom apartments. Two and three bedroom houses run from $500 to $1,000 per month.

    There are 22 motels and over 20 mobile home and trailer parks in the area. There are also two large BLM - Long Term Visitors Areas.

54th Agricultural District

  • The Colorado River Fairgrounds located at 11995 Olive Lake Blvd. on the Northeast edge of Blythe, California, hosts many varied activities throughout the year. In January the Bluegrass Festival calls this home. In February the Wally Byrum Airstream Club moves in for a week of “Hobo Rally”. From October through May, the I-10 Speedway will be running a variety of car races on the Fairgrounds. In April the Annual Fair runs for four days with a carnival, livestock show and auction, an exhibit building filled with art and crafts, on going entertainment in the Bommer Theater and the Grandstand and Vendors will also be there with wonderful foods and merchandise.


     
 
 
 

Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce
207 E. Hobsonway, Blythe, CA 92225
(760)922-8166