Stay Details: Joshua Tree South Dispersed (33.6745, -115.8019)
Boondocking at its finest.
This is the first Boondocking site we’ve been able to get the site I picked out via Google maps. Beautiful area, off-road enthusiasts in the distance, and spacious. Right outside of Joshua Tree National Park.
Stay Details: Joshua Tree North Dispersed (34.1716, -116.2291)
Pica is in the salon, so we did our ‘no dogs’ walk on the Hoover Dam.
We had to go through A security checkpoint where the truck was searched (poor officer) . Then we drove over the dam & walked the dam then drove up to and walked the rainbow bridge overlooking the dam.
For those who haven’t visited for a while, very few vehicles can cross the dam anymore.￼￼￼￼￼ All traffic is routed on the new bridge that was built in 2007.
*Note the water levels of Lake Meade (water line on mountains). These are extremely low levels, and the city of Las Vegas is concerned about running out of water.
Stay Details: Lake Mead, Government Wash (36.1309, -114.8369)
Another beautiful 85 degree day in the west. A beautiful campsite at the Valley of Fires State Park, along with a morning display of rams wandering the campgrounds, then a gorgeous hike.
Later, arriving at Lake Mead, finding another pretty dispersed camping location, and a quick swim in the lake.
Stay Details: Arch Rock Campground (36.418171, -114.556673)
It seems that every stop we make just gets grander and grander! We almost skipped over Zion, but sure glad we didn’t!
Today we decided to take the bikes into the park with Pica. She’s not allowed on the shuttle, so we rode the bicycles trail to the canyon lookout, then found out we could ride the 6-mile scenic drive to the end. So we did! Again, one of the top rides. Don’t pass this one up if you have the chance! Zion is only a few miles long and absolutely gorgeous on bikes.
They don't allow cars and operate by shuttle into and out of the park. Stunning rock formations, beautiful canyons, rock formations, a huge tunnel to drive through and even a slot canyon at the end for the more adventurous hikers!
Day 2 - - -
“Just start to sing as you tackle the thing, that couldn’t be done, and you’ll do it” (Edgar Best) & Mark’s mom
It’s amazing.. Two years ago, I feared I’d never be able to hike or bike again. Five weeks ago, Mark thought he wouldn’t be able to hike for a while.
Today, the love for nature and beauty gave us both incentive to at least ‘try’ the trails we didn’t think we could do. After packing for a 10-mile hike (just to look like the pros), we started in on our hike just to see how far our physical limitations would take us. 5-1/2 miles later, we were rewarded with some beautiful scenery, memories, and the sense of accomplishment that we did something we didn’t think we could do.
So my dear friends, no matter what your challenge, just start out and try it. You never know, maybe you’ll end up completing ‘the thing’ that you thought couldn’t be done, and you’ll do it!
Stay Details: Hurricane Cliffs Dispersed (37.2027, -113.2323)
Another must-see for travelers. 𝑩𝒓𝒚𝒄𝒆 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏 and surrounding areas, including 𝑬𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆 𝑷𝒆𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌.
Enjoy the pictures from the Bryce area, within the Colorado Plateau.
Stay Details: Tom's Best Dispersed Camping: (37.7275, -112.2477)
* Tom's best was absolutely stunning! We had the open forest to ourselves. The trees are larger than life and the grounds are covered in pine needles and a fine dusty sand. The weather was definetely cold this time of year. We even froze a pipe for a hour one night! Only a few miles outside of the national park, and a bicycle trail to get there. When the weather gets warmer we will spend a couple days on our bicycles at this place. There is no place on earth like the colorful hoodoos of Bryce!
This is the Copper Ridge Dinosaur tracksite just north of Arches National Park. These Jurassic footprints are the largest I think I will ever see! They are about 13-16 inches! Unbelievable and well preserved, probably from a large Therapod (meat eater) In the third picture you can see a totally different footprint not unlike elephant tracks. These are from large sauropods (think of Land-before-times Brontosaur). It's hard to believe that these footprints are so well preserved and right next to each other. Perhaps from Noah's flood only a few thousand years ago!
Stay Details: Dinosaur Track Site Dispersed Camp (38.8286, -109.7653)
Rode 25 miles in this beautiful country at Moab. I’d rate this as one of our top bike trails of all time!!
Stay Details: Dinosaur Trackway Dispersed Camp (38.8286, -109.7653)
Made it to Arches NP today, a place neither of us have been to. WOW I wish we brought our kids here when they were young! It’s a great place for anybody! You can explore wherever you want, and has all skill levels.
Tip: if you want to walk or bike the trails, don’t bring your dog. Otherwise there’s beautiful scenic drives or short hikes.
Stay Details: Dinosaur Trackway dispersed camp grounds (38.8286, -109.7653)