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October 22, 2022

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Welcomes New Season of Guided Tours

“Leave the Driving to Us” and Learn From a Local

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (October 20, 2022) – Lake Havasu City has a new opportunity for people seeking the ultimate craft beer and trail-trekking adventure. Go Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City’s official tourism organization, has launched Ales & Trails Passport: a web-based mobile app rewards program for exploring the region’s rich brewery culture and 1,800-mile network of scenic hiking, mountain biking and off-road trails.
The free program offers discounts and special promotions at five breweries and taprooms: Barley Brothers Restaurant & Brewery, College Street Brewhouse & Pub, Hanger 24 Craft Brewery, Mudshark Brewery and Public House, and the new Rickety Cricket Taproom.
Upon request, participants receive their passports on their mobile phones and then check in at the brewery/tap room or trailhead.
The new Rickety Cricket Taproom is part of the Ales & Trails program.
Discounts include 50 percent off appetizers, $5 beer samplers, and 20 percent off merchandise.
The easy-to-use app works on any web-enabled mobile phone and uses the phone’s location to verify the trail visit. Users do not need to download any apps to participate in the program.
Highlighted trails are Crack in the Mountain Trail, Island Trail, Mockingbird Wash Trail, Pilot Rock Trail, and Shoreline Trail.
Two visitors build up a thirst hiking the Crack in the Mountain Trail.
When five check-ins at the brewery/taprooms or trails are verified, the pass holder will receive a commemorative pint glass shipped to their address.
With five local businesses included within the passport, it showcases the best brews of the Lake Havasu region in an easy, mobile-friendly way. The passport is valid until August 2023.
Tour with a Local Expert
Guided tour options in the Lake Havasu City region increase as daytime temperatures drop. Tour highlights include an old mining town where burros roam freely, a wildlife sanctuary brimming with biodiversity, and a scenic off-road desert tour with trips to fit any schedule.
“Guidebooks are rather staid,” says Go Lake Havasu president/CEO Terrence Concannon.
“The city’s expert tour guides, many of whom grew up in the area and are independent entrepreneurs, can provide a unique local perspective of the natural desert environment. Uniting people from all walks of life, guided tours bring our destination to life.
“As Lake Havasu tour guides like to say, ‘leave the driving to us.’”
For a look at the range of available tours, the place to start is Go Lake Havasu’s popular website: https://www.golakehavasu.com/guided-tours.
Memorable guided tours include:
Burros are feeling their oats in Oatman.
A Throwback to the Wild West – Oatman is a fun stop along Old Route 66, only 54 miles northwest of Lake Havasu City. Passengers aboard the Oatman Bus Tour cruise America’s Highway as they head to the old mining town of Oatman. The tiny town’s rich Wild West history comes to life with staged shootouts, wooden sidewalks and a bounty of mining burros that roam freely. Visitors also enjoy the town’s saloons, museums, restaurants and quaint shops. A fully narrated bus tour costs $25 per person. Buses depart from London Bridge Resort every Tuesday from September to May. (https://www.golakehavasu.com/oatman-bus-tour-1)
The Havasu National Wildlife Refuse features abundant wildlife.
North Dike – Havasu National Wildlife Refuge – Another expertly guided tour provides an opportunity to learn about the plants and animals of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The North Dike, which marks the northern boundary where water diverted from the Colorado River enters the marsh, also offers excellent birding with various waterfowl in the shallow lakes and ponds. The two-hour tours start at 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from February through April. (https://www.golakehavasu.com/north-dike-havasu-national-wildlife-refuge-tour)
See the region from an ATV (photo courtesy Jed & Sandy Hall, Wanderful Revolution)
Off-Road ATV Tour to Topock 66 – This 70-mile, two-to-five-hour round-trip off-road ride takes visitors across spectacular trails, washes and historic old railroad tracks. The experience encompasses diverse terrain, elevation changes and scenic views. It includes a stop at the Topock 66 Marina, a Colorado River institution for over 50 years, for a visit to the souvenir shop and lunch with a stunning river view. The private tours are offered from November through February for groups of up to seven. (https://www.golakehavasu.com/guided-tours)
Upcoming Events
Pick up a bauble Nov. 12-13.
52nd Annual Gem & Mineral Show, Nov. 12-13, 2022, Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center – Gems, minerals and fossils from around the world will be on display during this expo hosted by the Lake Havasu Gem & Mineral Society. Shop for faceted and cabochon jewels, fossils, tools, findings, slabs, finished jewelry and more from among 40 vendor booths. (https://www.golakehavasu.com/gem_and_mineral_show_2022)
Come see two days of drool-worthy vehicles and watercraft, Nov. 18-19.
11th Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo – Nov. 18-19, 2022, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 – Thousands of offroading, RVing and boating fans throughout the Southwest head annually to the Southwest’s largest motorsports and outdoor recreation expo. Come see the latest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails, ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, mobility scooters, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, fifth wheels, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles and camping/hunting equipment, and related accessory recreational products and services. (https://www.golakehavasu.com/sand-water-rv-expo_2022)
Turkey testicles aren’t fancy, but neither is the Bunker Bar,
home of the Turkey Testicle Festival, Nov. 25.
Turkey Testicle Festival, The Bunker Bar, Nov. 25, 2022, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – In case you were thinking: “Wait, do turkeys even have testicles?” They do. But they are inside the bird’s abdominal cavity, behind its wings. So-called “turkey fries” are a Midwest tradition of battered and deep-fried turkey testicles. The tradition continues in the Southwest on Nov. 25 at The Bunker Bar: a military-themed off-road destination located just outside Lake Havasu City on the appropriately named Thirsty Lizard Road.
Live music will be on stage at noon, along with the annual Turkey Testicle Eating Competition, photo booth, limited edition testicle t-shirts, face painting, chicken poop bingo, and junior boot camp play area for kids.
This solar-powered desert destination has a full bar and a variety of soft drinks. The Bunker Bar is located in Havasu Heights, about 15 miles north of Lake Havasu City. Gobble up specially-prepared turkey testicles through Nov. 28.
Shops and restaurants along Bridgewater Channel get into the Christmas spirit.
London Bridge Resort Festival of Lights Kick-Off, Nov. 25, 2022 – Is it Christmas already? Well almost. First comes the annual Festival of Lights kick-off the day after Thanksgiving. Bring the family for a stroll under the London Bridge along the walkway, or take your boat on a night cruise through the Bridgewater Channel as over 500,000 lights set the water aglow.
Plenty of free parking is available at the English Village or The London Bridge Resort and Convention Center. Lights turn off nightly at 10 p.m. and continue through Jan. 8, 2023. (https://www.golakehavasu.com/lake_havasu_festival_lights-2022)
For a complete list of scheduled events in Lake Havasu City, view the special events calendar at https://www.golakehavasu.com/events. Event dates, times and/or details are subject to change. Contact event organizers to verify event information.
View the current temperature on the Lake Havasu Live Weather Webcam:
Take a virtual tour, including newly posted 360-degree views of the London Bridge and English Village: https://www.londonbridgetour.com
About Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The city was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch, Sr. as a self-sufficient, planned community. Lake Havasu City is located on what is known as “Arizona’s West Coast.” Driving time is three hours west of Phoenix, 2-1/2 hours south of Las Vegas and four to five east of the Los Angeles region. As part of the northern and western limits of the Sonoran Desert, Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area feature outstanding biodiversity.
The area attracts 835,000 visitors annually with its historic London Bridge, pristine lake, friendly community, abundant sunshine and annual events, ideal weather and wide range of restaurants and lodging. More than 400 miles of stunning coastline offer exceptional watersports, including fishing, skiing, kayaking and house boating. Visitors can also explore the lake from the beautiful beaches, campsites and hiking trails.
Rated one of the top 100 best bass fishing lakes in America, Lake Havasu is ideal for catching large and small-mouth bass and striper fishing. The region is also host to extensive off-road trails and undeveloped stretches of river.
For more information: GoLakeHavasu.com

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