Chloride was the first of many mining communities founded in northwest Arizona in the early 1860s, and it is the only one surviving today. Chloride got its name from the type of silver ore found in the area. The unincorporated community is in north-central Mohave County, 20 miles north of Kingman off state Highway 93, at an elevation of 4,009 feet. Phoenix is 205 miles away; Flagstaff, 165.Chloride's location, near the edge of the Cerbat Mountains, is close to Lake Mead and the Lake Mohave portions of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The community is 90 minutes south of LasVegas and 45 minutes east of Laughlin, Nevada.
Local employment is generated largely by retail trade and service firms. A small rock crushing operation and a mine are also operated in the community. A growing number of artisans are locating in Chloride and have established craft shops and art galleries. A significant number of Chloride residents are retired, but approximately 15percent work in Kingman or Laughlin.
The Colorado River forms the western boundary of Mohave County and separates the northern portion from the rest of the county. An estimated 1,000 miles of fresh water shoreline lie adjacent to Mohave County along the Colorado River. Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Lake Mead, offering bass, catfish and trout fishing, boating and other forms of water recreation, are easily accessible. Parker, Davis, and Hoover Dams also have visitor tours. While water sports play a central role in the county's recreation, the Hualapai Mountains with their forested slopes also offer hunting and parks. The remains of the mining town of Cerbat, abandoned in the1940s, are about eight miles away. Production of gold, silver, lead and zinc at Cerbat kept the community alive for more than 40 years. A particularly unusual attraction is found near Chloride. Murals 30feet high, painted in 1967 by Roy Purcell, and petroglyphs left by early Indian cultures can be viewed at the base of Cerbat Mountains, 1.3 miles east of Chloride. Windy Point Park, in the Cerbat Mountains above Chloride, features a large camp ground with picnic facilities. Piñon pines and manzanita create a beautiful environment, where the temperature is typically 10 to 12 degrees cooler than the surrounding area. For rock hounds, a wide variety of minerals and gems can be found in the rugged desert landscape.