The Colorado River, a major river in the United States, has carved the history of Native American tribes, sustained early commerce in the region and supplied the luminous waters of present-day Lake Havasu.
Engineering feats rising from the river have contributed to the area’s lush wildlife refuges and the spirit of entrepreneurship that eventually led to the birth of a recreational resort community.
Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau provided the following itinerary for student groups eager to explore Arizona’s outdoor recreation.
Morning: A 90-minute walking tour of the London Bridge will reveal many stories. Those include stories behind World War II etchings in its granite, its original construction over the River Thames in London and how it ended up on a cargo ship bound for a patch of desert land lining the Colorado River.
Afternoon: A tour of the Lake Havasu Museum of History tells the stories of the Mojave tribe, the early days of mining along the Colorado River corridor and the London Bridge. Also included is information on regional plants and wildlife, the story of the man who started Lake Havasu City and earlier accounts of military history on Lake Havasu.
Evening: Enjoy a walk along the 1-mile corridor of the Bridgewater Channel to take in the sights of the lake, desert mountains and water recreations.
Morning to afternoon: Board the Bluewater Jet Boat Topock Gorge Tour to experience a 50-mile narrated journey of the natural history and ecology of the Colorado River and its Native American ancestors, including 3,500-year-old petroglyphs. The 2 1/2-hour roundtrip tour stops at an outdoor restaurant for lunch along the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the endangered Razorback Sucker, 25 species of dragonflies, 318 bird species, bighorn sheep and bobcats.
Evening: Watch the sunset in what is hailed to be the largest infinity pool in Arizona at The Nautical Beachfront Resort.
Morning: Explore the lake and its surrounding rock formations during a guided tour. Rubba Duck Safari places groups in their own watercrafts to pilot themselves around the lake. For students who want some physical activity, Southwest Kayaks provides stand-up paddleboards and kayaks to explore the shores.
Afternoon: Stroll Main Street to enjoy local galleries, souvenir shopping, locally made ice cream or a specialty cupcake.
Evening: Team up to bump, set and spike on six beach volleyball courts with stunning sunset lake views at Rotary Community Park. Ramadas and barbecue grills are available at the park, which is nestled at the end of the Bridgewater Channel about 1 mile from the London Bridge.
Morning: A 1,100-acre city park captures hikers of all abilities to guide them along a vast network of trails. SARA Park’s trails vary in length and difficulty levels, but many of the most popular lead right to the water’s edge.
Afternoon: Board the Sunset Charter & Tour Co.’s Kon Tiki Canyon Cruiser for the Lighthouse Tour. Lake Havasu City is home to 26 replica lighthouses that are U.S. Coast Guard-approved navigational lights.
Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau