Wednesday, January 25, 2012



On Saturday we played musical cars (Jeri’s description that I love) and headed out for the Desert Bar about 11:00. Jan, Bill and Jeri rode with us.

desert bar How does one describe the Desert Bar to someone who has never been there. It’s rather like trying to explain Q. You just can’t.

This is taken from their website:

The "Nellie E Saloon" (DESERT BAR) is situated in the Buckskin Mountains, in Parker, Arizona, on land that was an old mining camp. The name "Nellie E" originates from the old mining claim.
They used to mine copper and then take it to the smelter and get gold. The inside of the saloon is unique in many ways. It has windows that are old glass refrigerator doors, the bar stools are made of steel and they sway from side to side. The top of the bar is brass and the ceiling is made of stamped tin purchased from a factory in Missouri. The saloon is powered by solar energy and is stored in batteries and run through inverters.

CHURCH The church is made of solid steel and the walls and ceiling are made of the same stamped tin used inside the bar and the roof is made of copper.

So that gives you some of the history of the place but it sure doesn’t explain it.

Just getting to the Desert Bar is an experience. I’m sure glad we had the four wheel drive even though lots of cars make the trip out there. After you turn off of the highway north of Parker, you have another 5 miles to go. Definitely not a paved road. Took us 27 minutes to go that 5 miles. You kind of hold your breath if you meet someone coming the opposite direction because the road is narrow as well as rutted.

IMG_4077 When you arrive the challenge is to find a place to park. Way to go Jim. Amazing how a spot always seems to open up for him no matter where we go.


Some of the group had already arrived and were holding a table for us. Look at the lines for food.


The bar line wasn’t near as slow as the food ones. Kept everybody happy until the food finally arrived.

IMG_4080 We had such a great time. The wind picked up a little bit but not too bad down in the canyon where we were sitting.


Bill taking a picture for Jan.

On the way back to Q we made a stop at Wal-mart in Parker to stock up. The place was packed and the shelves were pretty bare, especially the meat counter.

Back to the campsite and more visiting.


  1. This is just one more place everyone needs to visit at least once. It is an experience!

  2. That looks like a lot of fun. So, it's 5 o'clock somewhere?

  3. That's on our list too, Sam is always up to try a cold one when were sightseeing. Donna is the driver on those excursions. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  4. You described it very well. Looks inviting and fun!

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. I LOVE THAT BAR! Next year we will be there tooooooo!

  6. I've read about that bar. Thanks for the photos and description, it puts more of a "face" on it for me. One of these day.....

  7. Did you like the bathroom? We were there last Feb. on my birthday. It's a fun place for sure!!!

    That's a pretty typical situation for that Walmart. Not too impressive!

    Have fun!

  8. While in AJ, have you been to Tortilla Flats? Or is it still there? I loved their Pricklie-pear (spelling?)cactus ice cream.

  9. The Desert Bar was on my list of a place to see next week - on the bike. But the way you just described the road getting there doesn't sound like something I want to chance ??


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