Hiking & Mountain Biking SARA Park – Lake Havasu, AZ

SARA Park is the hiking and mountain bike headliner in Lake Havasu City. The park is so much fun that it leaves me wondering why more trails haven’t been carved. We hit this park multiple times during our stay.

Crack in the Mountain (SARAs Crack)

We loved this hike! SARAs Crack leads through a narrow canyon eventually reaching Lake Havasu. It’s about 4 miles one way hike to the lake, and the trailhead is only 5 miles from the London Bridge.

Be prepared for some small class 3 down climbing! There is a hand hold rope installed on one section, and a couple other sections require a slow, calculated decent. We took an alternate route back which rewarded us with elevated views of the lake.

My sister and her husband joined us on a hike, and Megan wore the GoPro. Below is the result! Don’t judge my video editing I’m very new to the whole GoPro thing!

We enjoyed this hike in the spring, and it was still HOT. Also, parts of the canyon were knee deep in water. For those looking to hike here, bring plenty of drinking water and proper shoes!

Mountain Biking

SARA Park is pretty much the only mountain biking in the area. It’s fun, but challenging. Some washy spots and really tough obstacles and impossible climbs. That said, it’s worth doing! We enjoyed some big rolling hills, really fun descents, and for me it was a big challenge to my technical skills.

This was my first helmet cam attempt, and it’s ok. I don’t think it gives enough perspective, but still worth a watch! I also dumped my bike on a washy corner which is fun to have on video!

Lake Havasu City is a place where fun is abundant. Somehow, they’ve missed the mark on mountain biking. I think the city could do a lot to add and improve the trail system. (It really doesn’t help that I’m writing from Steamboat Springs, CO and I’ve got a new rig.)

Still, the Watershed loop in SARA Park was fun and challenging enough for a short visit. If we were to become permanent residents here, I’d certainly campaign for more cycling options!

Why You Should Visit

SARA Park is the hiking and biking spot for Lake Havasu City. Understandably, most of the outdoor activities here are found on the water. But for those who want to get away from the craziness and enjoy a piece of the desert on foot, this is the place to go!

Getting Started in Havasu

Travel time has allowed us to really enjoy Lake Havasu before we begin work and continue to settle in.  Megan and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend our next 5 months here.

Outdoor Life

Mountain Biking – SARA Park

Of course we’d get things started with a mountain bike ride!  SARA park is about 5 miles from Havasu City, and is a great trail system.  It’s rugged, challenging, fun mountain biking.  

We’ve hit the park twice now, and look forward to continue exploring the trails.  SARA Park is also popular to hike, which will likely be a future endeavor while were here!

New Paddle Equipment!

The whole way to Virginia, we talked about how we’re going to get on the water.  Purchasing a Standup Paddle Board (SUP), Kayak, or Canoe were on our minds.  So when we got here, we decided to go for it!

We made the decision to go with a SUP (Atoll 11ft Inflatable) and a Kayak Advance Elements 10.5ft Inflatable.  We’ve had so much fun on the boards!  We can easily paddle to the London Bridge canal and enjoy the nearby beaches.  Megan and I have even circled the island, which is about a 3 hour tour (and workout!).

RV Life & Campgrounds

Lake Havasu City has many RV campgrounds, as well as BLM land very near the city.  We were very lucky to get a campsite very near the water!

Lake Have-a-brew or Have-a-few,  is also a very popular party destination.  People vacation from nearby metropolises such as Phoenix, Los Angles, and Las Vegas.  Vacationers are often unapologetic when it comes to their “It’s 5 O’clock somewhere” attitude.  We’ve enjoyed Mudshark Brewery cans on the SUP & Kayak a couple times because… life’s a beach!

SNOWBIRD /ˈsnōˌbərd/ – A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.

Lake Havasu nearly doubles in population each winter, as it is a very popular snowbird  destination.  We’ve met many people in the campground who retire to the park each winter.  It’s really fun to meet so many travelers!  The population literally doubles here in the winter months. RV life is common here and the city has adapted well to meet demand. 

The Town & Culture

Lake Havasu City is growing, but still maintains a small town feel.  We’ve enjoyed some really nice community events, such as holiday lighting and an RV/ Boat show.  We plan on growing as well, and discovering more of what this town has to offer!

Next Chapter: 

Megan and I both started work! We have been getting oriented professionally for this assignment.  Megan is on a MedSurg & Tele nursing floor and I (Bobby) joined a framing crew, building additions to Modular homes at a nearby RV resort.

ALSO

VEGAS BABY!  It’s only a day trip, but it involves brunch at the Bellagio with Megan’s Grandmother!  I’m sure I’ll find my way to the blackjack table for a minute or two as well…

Thanks for reading!

Bobby & Megan