Most of the buildings were sold for their lumber and stone. The only original buildings still standing are the Wells Fargo Office and a small jail. Several more have been reconstructed. The ruins of a few remain but new houses have been built just outside the park boundary.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
For being not even a mile off of the interstate, this is a surprisingly nice boondocking spot – quiet and scenic. Unfortunately, some short sighted jerk thinks this a good place to dump their trash and old furniture.Boondock 37.27556, -113.3079
Thursday, April 22, 2021
The Santa Clara River Trail runs for 2.8 miles from the South Gate Golf Course ( where it intersects with the Virgin River Trail) to Cottonwood Cove Park. This is an urban trail, passing by businesses and even following the road for a short section. The deceptively small trickle of the Santa Clara River supports a green wetland. In the spring of 2005 flooding ripped away river banks and toppled houses that had been built to close to the edge. Informative signs at Cottonwood Cove Park tell the story of the flood. The trail is accessible.
We parked in the last parking lot at the end of entry road. The road loops around so exiting is easy. The parking lot at the demonstration garden looks good too. All of the spaces are short so RV must be parked across the spaces. Park 37.07949, -113.59807
Monday, April 19, 2021
Informative signs about the Native America tribes, geology of the region, flora and fauna, and nuclear testing are located along the trail and at the two overlook areas.Overlook 36.33618, -115.62903
Friday, April 16, 2021
A round-about way involves circling the mountain range and going up the side opposite Pahrump. A paved road makes a 41 mile horseshoe loop off of US 95. The 5000’ difference in elevation means a 10 – 20 degree drop in temperature and trees instead of desert shrubbery. The scenery is spectacular but there aren’t many flat boondocking spots so arriving early in the day is a must. (unless you have friends who will save you a spot. Thanks Kathy Lee!) The boondocking spots are not good for large RVs but there are also three national forest campgrounds with first come/first serve sites and reservable sites.Boondocking 36.34157, -115.6489
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The road through the canyon is washboard, steep, and has a short section that’s only one lane but it’s navigable with any RV. The parking lot is large enough for any RV. This is a Harvest Host site. We wanted to stay overnight but due to coronavirus only one RV at a time is permitted and we didn’t make a reservation early enough. Farm 35.79958, -116.19514
Monday, April 12, 2021
My first choice was a dud. After bouncing down a dirt road for only 1/2 mile we came to deep wash that we didn’t want risk driving through. I didn’t have a second choice, just the recollection of seeing a scattering of sites on the preserve website. So off we went to try the next dirt road and there we found a beauty of a campsite – large, scenic, tolerably level, and with plenty of evidence that it was previously used, a requirement by preserve regulations.