Desert Bar


Nellie E Saloon Desert Bar is a unique location that every van lifer must visit once if you find yourself around Parker or Lake Havasu. The bar offers a great place to grab a beer and lunch while watching a great band. 



The “Nellie E Saloon” Desert Bar is located in the Buckskin mountains north of Parker, Arizona on land that was once an old mining camp. The bar is a unique landmark in the area and offers a full saloon, bands, and a restaurant. 

When Ken acquired the land in 1975, nothing was left of the old mining camp. With the land and a liquor license from an old business on leased river land, Ken decided to try the “bar in the desert” idea. In 1983 Ken opened for business in the temporary three-sided structure, across from the outdoor restrooms. He operated there for five years until the current structure was built.  

The name “Nellie E” originates from the old mining claim. They used to mine copper, take it to the smelter, and get gold.

When in the Desert Bar Open

The Desert Bar is open from the first weekend of October thru the last weekend in April, on SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS from noon until 6 P.M.

CASH ONLY; no credit/debit cards accepted


The Nellie E Saloon is located 5 miles down Cienega Springs Road off Highway 95, approximately 5 miles north of Parker, Az. Google Maps can lead the way

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