Fort Mojave is located on the Colorado River, at the western edge of Arizona. Bordered on the west by the states of Nevada and California, and on the east by the Black Mountains of Arizona.
It is located in what is generally referred to as the low desert, an area of warmth and sun, low relative humidity and scant rainfall. This virtually smog-free, dry and hot climate creates a very desirable environment for the residents of the area.
Ideal for the relaxed retirement lifestyle of the southwest, Fort Mojave is close to entertainment, recreation, shopping and medical facilities. Fort Mojave has historically been referred to as the Fort Mojave Mesa or simply "the Mesa".
Founded in 1858 as Camp Colorado, Fort Mohave was home to military personnel for two years before being abandoned. Then as more prospectors came to the area the fort was reoccupied in 1866. This occupation lasted through 1890.
Agriculture provides the basis for the Fort Mojave economy and 15,000 acres of land are under cultivation. Crops grown include staples like cotton, alfalfa and wheat.
The major attraction is the Colorado River. Recreational opportunities abound with the Black Mountain Range providing many outdoor opportunities including off-roading, hiking, photography, rock hounding and exploring ghost towns.
Affordable housing and desert scenery and climate make the Mojave Valley a center for tourists and retirees.
Hunters enjoy the big horn sheep, mule deer, quail and dove which live in the nearby mountains. Fishing is great on the Colorado River.
Many in the Bullhead City and Laughlin area consider the community of Fort Mojave with a population of 8,919, and Mohave Valley with a population of 6,700 to be all "Mohave Valley".
Fort Mojave is located in Mohave County, with Kingman the county seat.