The Desert Bar’s summer closure has come to an abrupt halt. On Oct. 1, the beloved Arizona watering hole, also known by the Nellie E Saloon opened its 2022-2023 season.
From October to April, the iconic outpost is open to thirsty visitors along a dirt road in the rugged mountains close Parker.
The big news about the opening of the Desert Bar last year was that Ken Coughlin, the owner, was seeking to sell the vast property he had built himself. He says that he is open to receiving offers for the 71-acre land the saloon occupies.
Here are some details about the 2022-23 season of the Desert Bar.
Who is the owner of Desert Bar?
Ken Coughlin was the founder, builder, and owner of Desert Bar for 39 years. He has yet to find the right buyer.
Coughlin stated that he has received calls from people who are interested in my services. He had taken their numbers and names, but he is not hurrying. “I am still working out some things and want to see how this season is progressing. I don’t want anyone getting involved here to have issues.”
Coughlin stated that one of his goals in continuing construction of the Desert Bar was to make it ready to go for when he departs. Additions included a new deck for patrons, a stage for the band, and dumbwaiters who will deliver drinks from the lower bar to the higher level.
Coughlin wanted to keep his other additions a secret. Coughlin wants people to be “surprised” when they cross the bridge to enter the bar.
“My age is high. My team is great so I’m trying to delegate more so I can do more. It is a difficult task to run the business. Coughlin stated that designing and building is what he loves most.What in-flight medical supplies may not contain everything a passenger might need in an emergency. How cruises work for plus size passengers: ‘The worst thing…is getting on the plane’ Not everyone wants to travel to the USA. Travelers are being discouraged by safety and gun violence.
Is the Desert Bar available for purchase?
Coughlin stated that he was committed to selling the property. Although he doesn’t know what the new owners might do with it, he believes they will share the same passion for the property that he did when he first opened it in 1983.
Coughlin stated that there are 71 acres available and that he hopes the buyer has a vision for the endless possibilities of what he or she could do here.
Coughlin stated that he hasn’t set a price but is open to discussing the possibility. Coughlin’s home overlooks the Desert Bar and the site also includes his Desert Bar. He stated that he would talk to potential buyers about whether he would like to continue living in the home.
Desert Bar offers mixed drinks, can beer, chicken, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers. Cash is preferred; plastic is not accepted.Receive the Travel newsletter directly to your inbox
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Hours: From October through April, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays and Saturdays. Closed Monday through Friday
Location: Take State Route 95 north for 5 miles to Cienega Springs Road. Continue straight for 5 miles to Desert Bar. Cienega Springs Road has no pavement and is not maintained regularly. It is possible with a well-driven sedan. A high-clearance vehicle may make you feel more at ease.