Horizon Six, or Donkey Acres to the old-timers, is a rural community located directly east of Lake Havasu City outside of the city limits. When it first came into being in the late 1960’s the development was all 1 acre lots with no water and dirt roads. It is zoned residential agriculture which allows horses and other animals. Most of the early residents enjoyed the larger lot size as compared to the city, plus many of them liked the rural atmosphere. The individual owners in Horizon Six formed an improvement district to be able to install and raise money for a water system to the property. Before that, residents had to haul water to their property for their use. That improvement project was finished years ago. In the 1990’s, residents were petitioned to decide if there was enough interest in a bond to pave the roads. The cost was $3,000 to each 1 acre lot, to be paid up front or in payments over a 10 yr period. That bond has been paid in full now for several years. Horizon Six now has water and paved roads. It is still an unincorporated area butting up to the city of Lake Havasu and may someday be incorporated by LHC. Most of the residents probably prefer to NOT be incorporated! Today it is still a rural community zoned for agriculture, you can find both site built and manufactured homes here and it is a popular place for horse lovers to call home. Trails for horses, off road vehicles and hiking in the desert are close by.
There is currently a multi-million dollar flood control capital improvement project underway and nearly complete. The project has a retention basin and “canal” like drainage ditches that cut across Horizon Six. It will help in the case of severe rain storms that in the past destroyed property and cut deep gullies through homeowners land. The project, however, has also restricted access to travel across the development and is fenced off to “protect” the county from liability should an animal or person fall into the canal. There is a very wide strip of land on either side of the ditches that could easily be used for trails with access to the desert. It has been fenced in and there is no way to access the strip of land to travel across H-6. The Mohave County Board of Supervisors was asked to cooperate with the public to provide access to the land so that horse owners and pedestrians would be able to use the strip of land next to the ditches for their benefit. The Board of Supervisors originally turned down the idea except for one vote. They were re-petitioned again and have been instructed to study the idea further. We hope the decision will be a smart one for all. The government should not restrict access to public lands, which this project does. This could be part of a multi-use trail system envisioned by the city of Lake Havasu and could be an access point for that trail system.