The best state park near Vegas: Valley of Fire offers eerie desert vistas and traces of native peoples

Oh the humanity. We've seen a bit of everything homo sapien. We hiked for ages to ponder on petroglyphs dating back thousands of years, yet caught a young couple carving graffiti in a rock wall along the trail on our way back. During another Valley of Fire outing, as we enjoyed a picnic, a couple … Continue reading The best state park near Vegas: Valley of Fire offers eerie desert vistas and traces of native peoples

A short trip from Vegas to Tonopah leads through the ghost town of Goldfield and into its Santa Fe Saloon

We set modest goals when we depart. Takes awhile to get it all together. Never plan to leave early. Never plan to go far. So about a year ago, we pointed RVoyager in the direction of Tonopah. En route North and West into the desert away from Vegas, we eased onto the dirt streets of … Continue reading A short trip from Vegas to Tonopah leads through the ghost town of Goldfield and into its Santa Fe Saloon

Red Rock and roll: must-hike trails in the National Conservation Area nearest Las Vegas

Tired of bright lights and city sights around Las Vegas? Head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Starting with the first stop off the one-way drive, people scamper down as many as 26 hiking trails to see desert plants, wildlife, and geology... You can hike from 2 to 6 miles among these amazing Calico … Continue reading Red Rock and roll: must-hike trails in the National Conservation Area nearest Las Vegas

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Juxtaposition of life adjacent Death Valley

Tens of thousands of years ago. Way way back in the BCE. High atop a mountain like, say, Mount Charleston near current day Las Vegas, snow falls. Flash forward today. Those same fossils-old snow molecules glisten in the meadow before you... Our drive through the dry Mojave desert led into Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, … Continue reading Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Juxtaposition of life adjacent Death Valley

When Marta Becket said she needed some space, she meant S P A C E and thus, the Amargosa Opera House

Imagine culture in the middle of nowhere. Sort of somewhere close to the brothel towns just outside Las Vegas and the first signs of life around the corner from Death Valley... The story of a Borax mining community goes awash against the colorful artistry of ballerina Marta Becket who revived a theater in need of … Continue reading When Marta Becket said she needed some space, she meant S P A C E and thus, the Amargosa Opera House

Been to the Desert in RV with a name, felt good to get out in the rain? Death Valley National Park surprises

Desert = Hot, Dry, Sand. We canceled plans to see the Grand Canyon because the weather turned cold and rainy there. Instead we head to Death Valley National Park and find it's not hot or dry... This was our second trip to the park but the first was short and we didn't explore much. With … Continue reading Been to the Desert in RV with a name, felt good to get out in the rain? Death Valley National Park surprises

London Bridge is going up, going up, going up in Lake Havasu City

What would you do if your famous bridge was falling down? Sell it to a desert town in America... Thanks to Elks, we slated Lake Havasu City, Arizona for a "check it out" overnight en route elsewhere, not as a destination per se. RVoyager warped From Lake Havasu City Elks Top of the hill viewNice … Continue reading London Bridge is going up, going up, going up in Lake Havasu City

Introducing the 1300s: a mystery on which we obsess again while touring Casa Grande Ruins

In our travels to the Western U.S. we began to recognize a common thread weaving together abandoned sites. The occupation of sites ended close to or within one particular century... the 1300s. Gone. As if -- POOF -- people vanished, leaving only traces of their civilizations in the ruins of structures we visited... ...Where did … Continue reading Introducing the 1300s: a mystery on which we obsess again while touring Casa Grande Ruins

Drink in a Tequila Sunrise shade of sunset in Saguaro National Park

You probably picture bad guys with six guns riding horses in the dusty heat. Yet, one huge scenery staple for macho Western movies, the iconic Saguaro, surprised us with its feminine side... Thanks to Westerns, I used to think a drab monochrome of tumbleweeds, rocks, and bare dirt dominated the desert landscape. So the colorful … Continue reading Drink in a Tequila Sunrise shade of sunset in Saguaro National Park