Monthly Archive: February, 2016

An Overnight Along the North Shore of Lake Mead and a Return to Valley of Fire State Park

After our hike in Anniversary Narrows we spent the night at Government Point, near the northwest corner of Lake Mead. We had actually found our spot before we left for the hike so… Continue reading

Anniversary Narrows, Muddy Mountains Wilderness, Nevada

The Muddy Mountains Wilderness is home to some pretty spectacular and barren badlands. It also contains more than a few canyons, one of which – Anniversary Narrows – we had the pleasure of… Continue reading

Lovell Canyon Trail in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Humboldt-Toynbee National Forest

Heading east from Death Valley, we decided to stop near where Route 160 crests, following signs to Lovell Canyon in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. We began driving in low desert, but… Continue reading

The Ghost Town of Rhyolite, Nevada

I had read about the ghost town of Rhyolite in a newspaper article and was instantly intrigued. About a half hour’s drive from Route 190 in Death Valley, the old mining town quickly… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park, Part 4: Sightseeing and Touristing

Our last day at Death Valley was packed with multiple short hikes, pieced together from our plans that had included areas effected by recent mudslides. We began the morning driving up to Dante’s… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park, Part 3: Mosaic Canyon

After we left Ubehebe Crater we attempted to hike into Titus Canyon Narrows, but with a mile the sky darkened and the wind picked up dramatically as a rain storm came over the… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park, Part 2: Desolation Canyon and Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters

On the afternoon of our arrival in Death Valley we headed out to Desolation Canyon for a short hike before sunset. Near the mouth, the canyon resembled piles of sediment washed down from… Continue reading

Impressions of Death Valley

Death Valley is unsettling. Eerie. Forbidding. Unforgiving. The otherworldly topography combined with the amount of empty space seems somehow wrong and – more so – unfit for habitation. It’s difficult to describe except… Continue reading

The Twisted Forms and Many Colors of the Red Cliffs. Or, Maybe You Want To Skip This Post if You Don’t Want to Look at Rocks.

After returning from Grand Staircase-Escalante, we ventured back to the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area for a hike. Upon our arrival I decided we should head southwest from the Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead towards… Continue reading

Grosvenor Arch, More Explorations of Grand Staircase, and a ‘Lil Bit of Kodachrome Basin State Park

After our early departure from Hole-in-the-Rock Road we made a few more short stops staying overnight at Kodachrome Basin State Park, which was within 10 miles of the immense Grosvenor Arch, a double… Continue reading