With warm temperatures and clear skies, Lake Havasu City is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. From the rugged landscape to the clear waters, this desert oasis offers visitors an astonishing setting in which to play and explore.
Put that four-wheel-drive truck to use and get off the pavement on the many off-road trails around Lake Havasu City. Take your dirt bike through fields of wildflowers, get some height with some serious rock crawling in your jeep or kick up the dust as your all-wheel-drive picks up speed in the open desert. Here, dirt is a badge of honor, showing everyone that you dared to get out and explore the sites off the highway.
If you don’t have a vehicle capable of handling the rough terrain, you can snag a jeep, ATV or UTV at a number of off-road rental companies.
Especially good if you’re a first-timer to the sport, these locals know the lay of the land and how to get the most out of your trip through the unspoiled desert. For example, several ATV trails bring you close to abandoned mining towns and the locals can tell you where to keep an eye out for old mine shafts as you pass through the scenery.
For those a little too nervous about getting behind the wheel in an unknown environment, Lake Havasu City is also home to great off-roading tours, such as Havasu Adventure Company Jeep Tours and Sandbar Watersports ATV Tours. You won’t miss a thing as you careen through the Sonoran Desert while expert guides point out local plants and wildlife and give you some history of the area before you bask in an unbelievable sunset – all from the comfort of the passenger seat.
Be sure to pack your pair of hiking boots. Whether you’re looking for a short, paved walk around town or a jaunt up the steep slopes in the scenic desert landscape, there’s nothing like exploring the trails around Lake Havasu City.
For an easy walk along Lake Havasu, try the Shoreline Trail. This paved path takes you down the Bridgewater Channel with picturesque views of the London Bridge, the lake and the surrounding mountains. It’s the perfect way to take a break and enjoy the scenery.
If you’re looking to get your shoes dusty and hike through the desert’s unspoiled beauty, lace up and head out on the Crack in the Mountain Trail. Going through one of the most famous slot canyons on the Lower Colorado River, the moderate hike offers views you have to see to believe. One of the more popular sights on the trail is Balance Rock, a high rock mass precariously balanced atop a narrow stone column.
Reel One In
One of the best fishing spots in the Southwest, Lake Havasu is filled with bass, catfish, bluegill, sunfish and more species to reel in. Anglers can land a boatload of freshwater fish from the many free fishing docks and piers or from right in the water from personal boats. With big fish always biting in the warm waters, you won’t need to come up with an exaggerated fish tale once you’re finished.
Dozens of fishing events take place on the waters in Lake Havasu City year-round, so it’s likely you can participate during your stay. Catch the National Bass West Open Tournament and Weekend Warrior Bass Series events throughout the season and compete with other anglers to reel in the biggest fish.
(Brought to you by the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, (928) 453-3444, 800-242-8278, www.golakehavasu.com.)