In The Desert
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3 Corners, Lytle Ranch
Arizona, Nevada, Utah
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Lowest Point in Utah
3 main objectives for this trip in the desert were: First, the lowest point in Utah (in the Beaver Dam Wash), Second, the 3 Corners Monument (there's a surprise here), Third, the Lytle Ranch Preserve.
The Lytle Ranch Preserve is "not open to the public", so the sign says at the main gate. However we proceeded to enter and were greeted by the very friendly caretaker, Heriberto. He's been there for 13 years and knows a lot about the surrounding area and the ranch. Nice gentlemen. This is an oasis in the desert and is full of wildlife, birds and animals.
Daytrip Video, Slideshow
This is a really nice 5 hour trip over 43.6 miles. This trip was easy, except for the 2 miles of very narrow, winding and partially collapsed wash. There is a link to Alternate Routes to get there - below.
3 Corners Topography Map
The Lytle Ranch is noted to be a bird sanctuary that is home to a large variety of birds, often visited by bird watchers. The geology all along the Beaver Dam Wash is worth the trip.
There are more than a few different ways to get to 3 Corners, so if you're coming from Mesquite, NV for example you might find THESE gpx tracks useful. It might also give you other areas to look into. The track at the top of this page is the only one we're familiar with. Interesting trip!
Download the GPX track for this trip here ---
The lowest point in Utah was found pretty easily and is 2,173 (approx.) above sea level. This elevation changes with elevation differences caused by the flooding and erosion in the Beaver Dam Wash.
3 Corners is where the states of Utah, Arizona and Nevada meet and there is a new monument here - a pretty elaborate one! More info below. See the slideshow below! This has been a popular destination in the desert for quite some time. Getting there was a challenge! 2 miles of the un-named wash may not even be passable at times. 4 wheel drive is highly recommended if you follow our track. There was a lot of collapsed cliffs on this 2 mile long part of the journey.
Short History of 3 Corners
If you visited 3 corners before Jan. 27th, 2017 then you won't recognize this as being the Monument area. They've removed the red sandstone monument that was placed there in 1901. And there was an even earlier monument that was erected in 1870. The very earliest monument was found to be in the wrong place, so surveyors replaced the original in 1901. Now (2017) the Color Country Chapter of the Utah Council of Land Surveyors (UCLS) saw fit to build a new monument, the one pictured above. For more views see the slideshow below. And see how they built this new monument CLICK HERE
We were fortunate to be accompanied by Bub Sanders (photographer and publisher of off road adventures), and Bruce & Teresa Davidson (Owners of Prime 4x4.com). They helped make this trip a success!