In The Desert
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Lake Mead, Moapa, Nevada
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Balloon Festival, Mesquite, Nevada
We left early Saturday morning and without knowing it, we ran into a great site on Interstate 15 at Mesquite, Nevada. A Balloon Festival! From there we headed to Overton, Nevada for gas, then on down Rt. 167 to Echo Wash. Dan talked us into a run down the wash to see Lake Mead. This was definitely worth the detour. Watch the video for more info. Then it was on to Bitter Springs via the Backcountry Byway also known as the Bitter Springs Trail. The spring is still going strong. We ate lunch there. Then the rest of the trip is mostly through the White Basin then over the Muddy Mountains to Buffington Pockets. We didn't get to see the petroglyphs behind the dam. You may want to scramble over the dam to see them. We were running out of time so we headed down the trail to the Moapa gas station and mini-mart to air up and head home.
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GPX Topography Map Below
Lake Mead at Echo Bay
Sandstone at Buffington Pockets
Bitter Springs Video, Slideshow
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Bitter Springs Topography Map
The trip shown here ( in Red ) from Overton to Lake Mead, then over to Moapa via Bitter Springs Trail was 61 miles in length and took 5 1/2 hrs, including stops and lunch.
For a better view see the enlargement--
If you are in Las Vegas then you might also want to visit Valley of Fire State Park, which is just north of this trail. You might also want to visit the Colorock Quarry, we ran out of time. This is a really neat scenic trip. Don't miss out on this one, especially if you like places in the middle of nowhere