Keyhole Landing/Lizard Point Hikes near Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City, AZ

In our previous post we highlighted a hike to the Crack in the Mountain, just south of Lake Havasu City, with Norm and Lisa of Those Young Guys. The area has a couple of other great hikes that we completed.  The first was to Keyhole Landing, again with Norm and Lisa.  Its an easy hike down through a wash for about three and a half miles to a secluded section along the shore of Lake Havasu.

Hiking through the wash

A bit of bushwhacking was necessary near the lake

Approaching Keyhole Landing

The Keyhole

Photo-bombing a great shot!

John, Lisa, and Norm at Keyhole Landing


As we hiked the return trail we could see a point called Lizard Peak in the distance.  It looked like it would have a great view of the lake, so we put it on our “to do” list.


So a couple of days after Norm and Lisa headed south, we decided to climb up to check out the view.  The hike up to the peak is not very long, only a bit over a mile, but the elevation gain is a bit steep.

Once up to the peak, the views were impressive.

At one point John hiked down the peak to set up the camera for a timer shot.  He then quickly hiked back to the top to be in the picture.  Good thing he’s retained the speed of his youth because the timer only lasts for 30 seconds!

From the peak we could see a rock formation someone built in the sand far below.

We hiked back down to the base to get a closer look at the giant lizard.

Three different hikes starting in the same parking area!  Each one had a different challenge and provided different scenery.  Enjoying two with Norm and Lisa just added to the fun.

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29 Responses to Keyhole Landing/Lizard Point Hikes near Lake Havasu

  1. Looks like a couple of fun hikes…little bit of strenuous, great views, and a lizard! What more could you ask for!

  2. pmbweaver says:

    How did John stay dry when he was doing the photo bomb? The next picture he is in, he looks like he never touched water.

    I’ll say that was a steep climb. Didn’t look like the hand or feet holes were very big.

    Love the large lizard. That had to take a heck of a long time to make. Those rocks look pretty big.

    • placestheygo says:

      Marsha, John did go into the water for the photo. The water came to mid thigh. He got one leg wet but with the wicking fabric and dry air, he dried in minutes.

      The holds weren’t huge but we were able to get enough to make the climb. John gave me a hand on the second ledge because my legs weren’t quite long enough.

      The lizard was perfect and looked the same two years ago when the Lowe’s did the climb. The rocks weren’t too large but you could probably only carry one in each hand.

  3. So glad you made it up to Lizard Peak. Wow, amazing views AND I love the lizard. We are missing you guys already and thinking of you! Hope to see you soon!!

  4. Laurel says:

    That rock lizard is SO COOL! I hope it’s still there when we do that hike. Not sure when that will be, but you’re enticing us there with your great hikes and photos. You sure do have problems with that photo bomber. He’s everywhere!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, Laurel, the bomber does seem to be in way too many photos:) But it was nice of him to brave the rocky bottom so we could get a photo with someone looking through. The rest of us weren’t that crazy.

      The lizard was the same two years ago when friends did the climb. So, hopefully, it will be there when you come this way. You can take a side trail to the lizard if one doesn’t want to make the climb to the peak.

  5. libertatemamo says:

    I had no idea there were so many interesting hikes around Lake Havasu. We’ve never actually been. Think we might try and make it out there later this winter.

    • placestheygo says:

      Nina, the great part about the hikes we did (and my booklet still had several more) here is that they are only 15 mins away. The SARA Park is actually part of the city and most trails lead to the water in a different cove.

  6. Sherry says:

    Pretty exciting to have to bushwhack to see the keyhole. Great picture of the lake. I can see form the second ‘steep elevation picture’ that my legs might not be a match for that stretch. I’d need a boost from behind I fear. LOVE that lizard. That would be worth any hike to see. Any idea who did it? It’s fabulous!!

    • placestheygo says:

      Sherry, I actually had to have John give me a hand and help pull me up the second ledge because my legs were too short.

      I just did a search and discovered the lizard was made by the fellow who created the trail. His name is Tim O’Conner. He and the Leaping Lizard Tribe created this trail with Army shovels. They also carried the picnic table to the top!! Can’t imagine how hard it was to dig that trail. But sure glad they did:)

  7. Dave & Skruffy ( says:

    Now that’s one big lizard! You all are having just too much fun.

  8. Your blog is SO aptly named. We envy you guys. Way too much fun.

  9. That looks pretty steep! Did you come back down the same way?
    Pretty cool lizard!

  10. Gay says:

    Great hikes you two! Love the pictures of the Keyhole!

  11. Jim and Barb says:

    The keyhole landing hike looks nice, we may have to try that one. Love this lizard picture, someone put some work into that.

    • placestheygo says:

      The Keyhole Landing hike was very nice, especially the beach. It was a very small, private beach area between two rock walls which was very cool. The hike was longer 7.7 miles but not difficult at all. I believe you would enjoy it:)

  12. Jodee Gravel says:

    Both hikes look great, with very different rewards at the end of each. I was surprised to see the picnic table at the top – and then to read that it was carried up there (not sure how I thought they did it) is really impressive! And 30 seconds to scale that mountain……John is obviously part goat. Love the lizard – his eyes are very cool.

    • placestheygo says:

      John has those special mountain goat legs, Jodee…haha!

      The lizard eyes and eyebrows were slices of a beautiful rock. I am glad no one has taken those rocks. Someone brought them in for the eyes I’m sure because of the way each was cut.

  13. LuAnn says:

    I was focused on boating the last time I was in Lake Havasu and had no idea there was so much hiking to be done in the area. Love that lizard…too cool! 🙂

  14. pam says:

    Love that someone took the time to create something to hopefully delight a variety of folks. Any kids that get a look at that will think it is the coolest thing ever, right? Only a week behind on blog reading, I’m feeling pretty accomplished today.

    • placestheygo says:

      I think anyone who sees the lizard will think it is totally cool. It was amazing how perfect it was.

      Keeping up with blogs can be a full time job sometimes:) Thanks for reading, Pam:)

  15. Nancy says:

    Wow… worth every step to get to see the cool lizard! I am trying to get caught up with you since I have been gone. Now you are in San Diego. I have never been there and want to go. So looking forward to seeing your pictures and posts!
    I enjoyed having my cup of coffee looking at your past posts!

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