Taking time to find a spot that has an immense and lonely view of this pale blue dot of ours. Few places in the contiguous U.S. has such opportunities for solitude and remote expanses as the Basin and Range region.
This is the Basin and Range Project blog’s 1000th post! In order to celebrate this occasion we’ve started putting together a (very long!) list of some of our favorite places around the region. While we’ve whittled it down to 10 for this post, this is not a top 10 list, nor is it ordered in any real way, it is just some places that we love among the many many places there are to love in the Basin and Range.
1. Thousand Creek Gorge, Nevada
At the northeastern edge of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge south of Highway 140, Thousand Creek Gorge had to be the first place to mention when celebrating our 1000th post!
2. Wet Beaver Creek, Arizona
This little oasis of a camping spot was such a wonderful relief on our Arizona bike tour that we stayed an extra rest day and enjoyed lounging along the creek shade, watching schools of fish in the crystal clear water, and just plain lazing about before hitting the bikes again to turn west toward Prescott.
3. Kirch State Wildlife Management Area, Nevada
The highlight of these wetlands and reservoirs for us, as bike tourers, was Hot Creek, a warm (not really hot), crystal clear flowing stream. The areas many lakes/reservoirs are also popular with anglers and birdwatchers. We spent a day here on our Eastern Nevada bike tour and then, before heading east into the South Egan Mountains, had one last dip before getting back on our bikes.
4. Cathedral Gorge, Nevada
We stumbled across this little gem of a state park when we were moving all the way across the country. Wandering in among its formations is an ethereal experience. The formations are caused by erosion of soft bentonite clay.
5. King Lear Peak, Nevada
This desert peak is a true landmark, visible from hundreds of square miles around and with a very distinctive pyramidal silhouette. With amazing rock gardens and spring wildflowers, it was an amazing climb from the eastern side. It is possible to climb from both sides, but this is a big desert peak, so do your research before climbing!
6. Soldier Creek, Nevada
In the northern Ruby Mountains, this creek and its headwater lakes are a spectacular and less well known visit in these popular mountains.
7. Warner Mountains, California
From the crest of the Warners looking west one is standing literally on the edge of the Great Basin and the Basin and Range.
8. Cave Lake, Nevada
This state park on a reservoir has great access to the Egan Mountains, the Schell Mountains, Great Basin National Park, and much more. Although a popular destination with locals, our campsite was private and beautiful. And the camp host boomed off a cannon on one of the nights we were there.
9. Dry Diamond Creek, New Mexico
Was not dry when we arrived during our Gila Loop bicycle tour. Some passers by said that it usually was, so we basked in the water and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon watching thunderstorms to the south.
10. Reno area petroglyphs, Nevada
The area around Reno boasts great petroglyphs sites: Lagomarsino, the largest petroglyph collection in Nevada, and to the north in the Pah Rah range. It is such a wonder to look at this ancient art, to appreciate its beauty and to wonder about its meaning.
What are some of your favorite spots in the Basin and Range? Thanks so much for reading and here’s to another thousand awesome places (and blog posts!).
Here in northern Nevada today the weather is a bit frightful, which makes me dream of snow and the amazingly beautiful days that come with the white, fluffy, cold stuff once it's on the ground.
So, for today's photo Friday, I was reminded of the day pictured above. It was one of those amazing days. There was an inversion, all gray and socked in down in the city, but once you climbed up into the mountains the sun shown bright and it was a gorgeous day. The sun and inversion led to this awesome ghostbow also known as a fogbow--a white "rainbow," where the water droplets in the fog are too small to refract the amount of light necessary to create a normal, colorful rainbow, but refracts enough light to make a white fogbow..
Such a fun and wonderful sight to see!
Mount Rose is Reno, Nevada’s backyard mountain. It’s a hugely popular peak hike with great views of Lake Tahoe, Reno, Washoe Lake, and beyond!
Last weekend we headed down to Gardnerville and checked out the Fay-Luther trail system. We only went for a short hike, but it was really nice, with great views of the Carson Range.
We've updated our Washoe Lake photo album, we finally have some photos of Washoe with actual water in the lake, yay!
We kayaked on the lake over the Forth of July and it was fabulous. We saw so many birds, herons, ibis, pelicans and hawks. If you have a boat I highly recommend taking some time to kayak around Washoe especially the north end.
This year we spent Christmas in Las Vegas. We turned the road trip down and back into a fun and unique sightseeing tour. While in Vegas, we skipped the strip and opted for the more wild side of Vegas; we visted wetlands, a mesa, petroglyphs and Spring Mountain Ranch!
I'd love to spend more time in all of these amazing places!
From Nevada Wild:
In an ongoing effort to expand the ruffed grouse range and increase hunter opportunity, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), has implemented a plan to capture and relocate this medium sized forest grouse into many portions of central and northern Nevada.
Podcast: Tips to Finding Ruffed Grouse in Nevada
Before 1963, Nevadans had no ruffed grouse population to call their own. The first translocation of ruffed grouse happened that year when 13 grouse, captured in Idaho, were released in the Ruby Mountains. Nevada’s ruffed grouse population has been expanding ever since.
Learn more here: http://nevadawild.org/expansion-of-ruffed-grouse-range-in-nevada/_
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