Needles offers a wide range of business and recreational opportunities of all types and for all visitors. Activities range from shopping, sightseeing, golfing, hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, water sports and recreation. Needles is rich with history. The Mojave Indians lived in the valley long before settlers arrived, and descendents of the Mojave Indians still reside in the area. Needles is also home to El Garces (Hotel/Depot), on of the original "Harvey Houses" (Fred Harvey Santa Fe Hotels) built in 1908. Needles is also famous for resting along the original Route 66. Many of the original buildings and businesses still exist in the "old downtown" area of the City. Travelers will immediately get sense of the historical feel to Needles when visiting the area.