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“SARA Park Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sara Park

Sara Park
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“SARA Park Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Park is a large public park on the south side of Lake Havasu, It includes a ball field, race track, rodeo grounds, shooting range, RC airplane strip, dog parks, and dozens of hiking trails. For me, the main attraction is the hiking area. This is true desert hiking with NO amenities but some spectacular desert views. Most trails follow the dry stream beds down to the Lake and at least one goes up about 1000 feet to a mountain top with a park bench on top. You can enter the park from McCulloch Blvd and Hwy 95, or from the main entrance about a mile south on Hwy 95 at the Welcome to Lake Havasu City sign. There's paved parking at the trailhead with a kiosk showing some of the trails and local plants and animals. My routine is to hike/run down to the lake and back for exercise. It's 2.3 miles each way for a 4.6 mile loop. I like to follow the yellow trail along the stream bed until it branches off to the right on the blue trail, and then back the same way. First time visitors should definitely take the yellow trail all the way to the lake to experience the "crack". It's a narrow slot canyon with steep walls and a water polished slide that drops you down about 6-8 feet sliding on your bottom and landing on you feet. Sometimes there's a rope to slow your slide. If you're fit it's easy and fun, but if you're old, frail, or over weight it could be a challenge. It's especially beautiful hiking out of the canyon after the slide. You follow the stream bed all the way to the lake. Vegetation is heavy as you approach the lake so stay to the far right along the slope and you'll arrive at Balanced Rock Cove on Lake Havasu. The attached photo shows the canyon in the Spring when the prickly pear cactus is blooming. After soaking your feet in the cove, head back by going uphill on the blue trail. That takes you over the pass instead of through the crack. It's mostly uphill on a low grade but it can wear you out so take your time. Turn around frequently for the best views of the lake. Photo ops everywhere. And finally a word about the desert. In the summer it's easily120°. Wear good shoes, sun screen, and as much water as you can carry. You'll drink it all. Take a cell phone. A sprained ankle means you can't make it out without help. And YES, there are rattlesnakes around. You're not likely to see one but I'm out there so much I've seen three of them, all on the trail. They're in a hurry to get out of your way so don't mess with them. Don't pose for a picture with them. Don't think they're tame. A bite will ruin your day and maximize your deductible and insurance coverage in antivenom.

Visited November 2013
14 Thank Terry W
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Laguna Beach, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A moderate hike, but beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

If you follow the yellow trail to the lake you can cool you feet off for the hike back up. This trail could be child friendly if the children are fit. Smaller children would certainly require help down the 7 foot rock slide, as it is pretty steep, (almost vertical)

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Brentuna
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Regina, Canada
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lots to see and do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

There is some good hiking around here, together with other activities of interest to many travellers.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Paula M
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

This is a wonderful park, especially for those who like to hike. If you do, be sure to go into Sara's Crack. It's a beautiful area, though pretty narrow, hence (crack). It also has a 7 foot natural slide that is pretty steep, but worth going down to see everything.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Melanie H
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Awesome afternoon hiking option.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

Took advantage of an afternoon off and sought a hike. The park was recommended. I look for good walking trails while on the road. I didn't find good, I found great. Took the 2.8 mile trail. It started by following a flash flood streambed. Many side trails offer more challenging paths always coming back to the main trail. About 1/2 way the path narrowed to a rock canyon. The walls got tighter until you had to squeeze through. A couple of places were challenging for a middle aged 230 lb man. Eventually it opened up onto a beautiful vista of lake havasu. Awesome. Took the high mountain trail back. Hard work but rewarding.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank curtishinton
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