Spring is the time in Lake Havasu when the desert comes alive as wildflowers bloom and transform the landscape into a patchwork of color. For Riverbound residents and guests, it’s one of the best times of year to get out and explore. The question usually is
Whether you’re an ATV or RZR enthusiast, a jeep owner, mountain biker, or someone who prefers to hike under their own steam, we’ve put together a selection of off-road trails within close proximity of Riverbound RV Park that will lead you to some of the best wildflower sightings in the area.
For the ATV and RZR Enthusiasts
The common saying goes, “it’s about the journey, not the destination,” but in the case of Bunker Bar, it’s definitely about both.
This 5.5-mile out-and-back trail starts just a stone’s throw from Riverbound RV Park and meanders through the rocks heading towards the lake. It’s an easy, flat trail on loose rocky terrain with plenty of chance to see wildlife and wildflowers at this time of year.
At the end of the route is Bunker Bar, and it’s everything that you would dream of in a desert bar; a place to dust yourself down from your ride, before grabbing a drink and a seat in the open air, and kicking back to some live music while surrounded by vintage and modern desert vehicles, and spectacular scenery.
For Jeep Owners
A lesser-known route recommended by Jeep The USA, the Highline is a 24-mile off-road trail that skirts past Riverbound and heads into the Mohave Mountains. This route cuts across washes and passes rock formations, and also a water catchment area for bighorn sheep. While Lake Havasu dips in and out of view as the route rises and falls, the terrain on either side of the trail teems with color from wildflowers at this time of year.
The trail can be enjoyed north to south or vice versa and runs between Lake Havasu City and Havasu Heights at Highway 95 N.
For Mountain Bikers
Watershed Loop is a 9-mile mountain bike trail that gives riders the thrill of riding winding track with some steep descents and climbs while taking in the mountain scenery and cactus blooms in the flatter sections. It not only offers fantastic views of the lake but also chance crossings with roadrunners, as well as human runners and horseback riders – so watch out!
Location: SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Park Trail Head is a 30-minute drive south of Riverbound on Highway 95 S.
SARA Park Wash a.k.a. Crack in the Mountain Trail
“The Crack” as it’s commonly known, is perhaps the most popular hiking trail near Lake Havasu and one of the most popular nature hikes. It is a 3.4-mile out-and-back route to a “slot canyon,” which as the name suggests, is a small canyon formed by drainage, producing slots that hikers today slither through with the help of ladders and ropes. In the spring, the trail also comes alive with wildflowers that emerge from the dry creek bed and rockfaces, making it one of the most popular times of the year to enjoy the route.
Location: SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Park Trail Head