If you love to go off-road in Lake Havasu, here’s one item you need as much as water. The Search & Rescue Off Road Map has been a labor of love for Captain-Staff Sergeant Rudy Jehle, a local business owner who has dedicated the past decades helping off-roaders enjoy the backcountry. He is the longest-serving member of SAR, serving in the unit since 1973.
Now in its sixth edition, the map benefits the Lake Havasu City Search & Rescue Sheriff’s Posse, Inc. – volunteers who dedicate their time 24 hours day and night.
Jehle, honorary captain of Mohave County SAR, has personally visited over 224 GPS waypoints in the county to ensure the accuracy of the map, often in his own 2006 800 Can-Am ATV or restored 1977 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
The map, which also includes a small section of San Bernadino County, provides helpful tips on surviving your next trip to the desert. In trouble? “Raise the hood. This is a universal distress signal,” Jehle writes.
Another factoid: “Drink if you are thirsty. Your body is a canteen and will store water. Avoid eating if possible. The digestion process uses valuable water and can cause dehydration. You can survive for several days without eating but only a few days without water.”
You can buy a copy around town for a $2 donation. Look for the map boxes at participating retailers. Or buy one at the Lake Havasu Visitors Information Center.
Arizona’s scenic desert is crisscrossed with four-wheeling trails, and the best way for visitors to experience the wild beauty of the Lake Havasu area is to become immersed in the scenery. We’ve taken the first step for you and found some great ideas.
Sandbar Powersports offers great UTV and ATV rentals, including the Can-Am Maverick two- and four-seat side by side, and the Polaris Rzr two-seater. Sandbar also offers ATV tours for those who prefer a guide with them in the southwestern outback. Their newest tour is available in 40- or 70-mile versions and takes riders over the north hills of Lake Havasu, across spectacular trails and washes, and ends up at the Topock 66 Marina for lunch along the river.
Havasu Adventure Company features guided Jeep tours for just $45 per person (max. four). Visitors can accompany a guide on a 2-1/2 hour tour of the Sonoran Desert, visiting an overlook with a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the lake below and the mountains above. The guided Sonoran Desert Adventure uses late model four-door Jeep Wranglers with air conditioning. If lucky, you’ll see cholla, also called teddy bear cactus, lavender plants, and quite possibly javelina, burros, golden eagles, coyotes, and mule deer.
Wet Monkey Powersports conducts tours to Topock Gorge, the famous Desert Bar and the local trails near Lake Havasu City, also featuring the Can-Am Maverick Max.
Other retailers offering off-road packages and rentals include At The Bridge Rentals, Paradise Wild Wave and Desert Sun Watersports.
The bikes are back at Lake Havasu Motocross Park on the grounds of SARA Park. Details, schedules and a special dedication follow.
Last year, motocross returned to SARA Park as competitors started practicing for the 928MX Racing Mayhem series. The Lake Havasu Motocross Park has been newly dedicated to the memory of Lake Havasu High School senior Daniel Townsend, who tragically lost his life in an accident in 2012.
“We’re an off-road town, and there are so many riders here,” said Danette Gerding, owner of 928MX. “We wanted to provide an organized and safe environment for people to ride and compete.”
Races will be held on April 4, 25, and May 16. An adult weekend pass to watch the action is just $10, and entry is free for children under five. Camping will be available at $10 per night, and the entry fee for racers will be $45, including transponder rental. Open practice sessions will be held on the weekends and are free for spectators.
WORCS (www.worcsracing.com) was established in 2001 to find the best off-road riders in the U.S., both amateur and professional, on both motorcycles and ATVs. The series returns to the Crazy Horse Campgrounds this month for three days of speed, skill, and flying gobs of dirt for this super event weekend.
“What makes this a super event is we’re racing everything: motorcycles, ATVs and side by sides. We’re the only series racing side by sides,” said WORCS race director Sean Reddish. “We like coming back to Havasu around this time because it’s spring break, the lake is great, and, the whole feel of the area is fun.”
In keeping with the WORCS mission statement about “staying true to the family oriented grassroots environment that off-road racing is all about,” a weekend pass is just $20 for adults and $15 kids for ages 15 and under.
When people move to Lake Havasu City as full time residents they quickly discover there are just two six month seasons each year: “Lake Season” and “Desert Season.” For the Havasu 4 Wheelers, a local off-road club, the wonders of desert travel beckon.
We asked club member Bruce Speirs to provide us with some insight into what makes the Lake Havasu area so great for off-roading. Here’s what he told us:
“To sum up the off-road experience – it’s all adventure, camaraderie, fun, and loaded with plenty of activities to pick from. Lake Havasu City is fortunate to have many miles of off-road trails nearby that lead to old mines, ghost towns, wagon roads, historic sites, and beautiful vistas. Some trails are relatively easy, some extremely difficult, with most in between. For some the reward is the destination, for others it’s the challenge of the trip, for most it’s both.”
“If you really want to drive out into the desert, no matter what type of vehicle you use, it is very important that you get the latest trail information. You need to know where you can go and what areas are open to you. The days of the desert being one big free for all sandbox are long over – you have to know before you go! Stop in at the local BLM office on Sweetwater Avenue (at Acoma) and the staff will be happy to assist you. Also, check online for BLM maps and 4X4 route information. Once out in the desert, you are presented with the unending opportunity for engaging in other activities. Some find rock hounding or collecting are good here, as the many varied and colorful rock and mineral specimens are easy to spot. Some like the solitude, others the vistas, while some poke through old mining camps and imagine what it was like prospecting back in the 1880’s.”
Feel like joining the hottest party in the desert? The Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, along with premier sponsor AZ West, formally invite you to Desert Bash.
Desert Bash is a weekend of fun featuring camping, an off-road poker run, and plenty of activities for everyone. Arrive at 3pm on Friday, Dec. 12 for camping check- in, vehicle show and shine, a BBQ dinner and entertainment to kick off the weekend. Then get ready for Saturday’s poker -run, pulled pork dinner, prizes, and entertainment throughout the day.
Youth motocross action has returned to SARA Park in Lake Havasu City thanks to 928MX. Does your little one like to get on two wheels and let it rip?
The 928MX motto is “Keeping kids on the right track” – dirt track, that is. This summer, they started a regular racing and practice series at Lake Havasu Motocross Park within SARA Park. On November 23, kids ages four through eight will race for the All Munchkins Trophy. Practice starts at 9am., races at 11am, and spectators watch for free. The cost of entry for racers is just $20, and all the details can be found at GoLakeHavasu.com.
Do you like getting outdoors? Do you like powersports? Silly question. The best off-road and on-water vehicles in the country come to Lake Havasu City this November at the Sand & Water Expo.
The Sand & Water Expo comes to LHC the weekend of November 1-2, and features hundreds of vehicles and accessories for boating, off-roading and RVing. The annual Expo runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days for just $2 (parking and kids’ admission are both free), and will also include the Show & Shine area with some of the region’s most exotic and highly modified boats, trucks, dune buggies, motorcycles and more.
The Expo takes place at Lake Havasu State Park. Keep an eye out for the Expo’s “Hot Lot,” where great vehicles will be offered for sale by their owners, and the Sand & Water Expo Chili Cookoff, which will be held on November 1 – it’s just $20 for competitors, and a mere $5 for an all-you-can-eat ticket. For more information, visit our event calendar.
The biggest, baddest and raciest machines in the southwest will rumble through Lake Havasu City on October 4.
Big Boys Toys is a one-day event showcasing everything from cruisers to high-tech racingmachines for dirt, track, road, water and air. Overland vehicles, hot rods and amazing boats will all be on display along a large section McCulloch Blvd. closed off specifically for the purpose of cruising past the crowds and the best shopping, eating and nightlife Lake Havasu City has to offer.
When she’s not starting I.V.s or checking vital stats, local registered nurse Lacrecia Beurrier is doing something a lot more fun. She’s winning big UTV off-road races.
The desert racing season kicked off last month at the historically brutal Parker (Ariz.) 250 Race Track. Located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, Parker is the ultimate proving ground for desert UTV racing. Long-time sponsored driver Lacrecia Beurrier, RN, CFRN, age 44, races for Rockstar Racing, part of Rockstar Custom Motorsports of Lake Havasu City. This two-time Mint 400 champion pilots a Rowdy Dawg-built Can-Am Commander 1000 UTV like a pro.
From Iowa where she grew up riding dirt bikes, snowmobiles and waterskiing, Lacrecia moved to Utah for high school while her parents relocated to Las Vegas.
“With my parents gone, I learned how to survive on my own. How to chop wood, take care of farm animals and I worked hard to make ends meet,” she says.
At the age of 23, she decided to follow her parents to Las Vegas and attend college. She received her RN degree from Clark County Community College in Las Vegas in 2000.
Lacrecia and her husband opened an off-road fabrication shop, Rockstar Custom Motorsports in Lake Havasu City in 2006. As the shop flourished, she continued to work in critical care at the local hospital and as a flight nurse on a medical helicopter. Her proudest moment was a rescue mission from Lake Havasu to Cancun. “There was an American girl down there that had been badly injured on a tour bus. We flew down in a Cessna Conquest and brought her back to San Diego. She was never so happy to see Americans! I was very proud that I was able to go down and bring her home.”
She’s passionate about honoring the survival, determination and compassion of those fighting breast cancer. In her first charity race, the MORE Powder Puff Race For The Cure, in October 2008 in Barstow, Calif., she competed in support of breast cancer awareness, finishing in fourth place despite a flat and a rollover.
In 2012, in Las Vegas, she competed in what is billed as America’s toughest off-road race, the Mint 400. Her team won the Sportsman UTV and was fourth overall out of approximately 30 UTV’s in the competition. In 2013, Lacrecia and her team came back to win Sportsman UTV for the second and finished fifth overall out of approximately 30 UTV’s.
She will compete at the top level of desert racing when the 2014 Mint 400 returns to Las Vegas in March. Lacrecia and her Team DragonFire will be unveiling a brand new, faster UTV – the new 2013 Can-Am Maverick sponsored by Dragonfire Racing, Ride Now Powersports, Can-Am, Rockstar Racing, Muzzy Racing, Lonestar Racing, Rugged Radio, and Rowdy Dawg Racing.
In addition to off-road racing, Lacrecia enjoys driving on sand dunes, local riding, RC cars and boating on Lake Havasu.
She is a true champion, both on and off the track.