SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Havasu City, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles
475 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

rock climbing






wild flowers




It is easy to miss the parking lot, which fits only about 10 cars. There is an information sign at the start showing many different trails marked with colored posts.

6 months ago

It was a great hike. We took 10 kids and we were able to complete it. We swam in the river at the end. There were bathrooms on both ends of the trail. I loved the rope and ladder to help us get through the crack.

7 months ago

Love it. Beautiful views, good trail run.

8 months ago

Great hike! Navigating through the canyon was definitely a treat. Not too difficult, even saw a dog scrambling his way up the steep areas. Getting to the lake was rewarding. I would definitely go back on this hike again sometime.

9 months ago

Great hike. Took the mountain loop, beautiful views, then continued in the wash to the cove. The slot Canyon was a real treat!

9 months ago

Gorgeous but trails are very confusing

11 months ago

Pretty fun trail, but the markers are a bit confusing and there are a ton of paths going everywhere. Can be a bit difficult to navigate at times. Canyon is beautiful and the cove view at the end is really neat.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A pretty easy slot canyon. I left my big dog at home and just brought the little dog who's pick-up-able which happened a few times and then for the whole last mile plus on the return trip because he sliced a pad somehow and was limping. The extra 25lbs was a killer in the wash but worth it to not have to watch him limp. But beware although doable with a dog (know your dog's abilities) it's hard on the paws. Insert all the usual cautions about desert hiking here, bring more water than you think you need etc. Views at the end are lovely, I had no idea a river could be that blue. Thank you to whoever set up the rope line. Easy to get up and down with that in place.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cool hike. People have set up a ladder and rope to go up and down through a canyon.

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