Keane Wonder Mine: Death Valley Golden Treasure

The Keane Wonder Mine at Death Valley National Park is open once again after a 10-year closure for safety concerns. Visitors are allowed to hike once again up this steep hillside to explore the mine ruins. The trail, which is approximately 2 miles long, is difficult to follow, due to the lack of use over... Continue Reading →

Racetrack Playa: A Death Valley Rough, But Rewarding, Adventure

For several years of coming to Death Valley National Park, I have wanted to make the 26 mile dirt, gravel, and rock road trip to the Race Track Playa. This road is infamous as a tire eater, and there is no chance I wanted to take my truck through this adventure. This year, I booked... Continue Reading →

Death Valley National Park: Winter Camping

We are coming up on our annual winter trip to Death Valley National Park. This has been a destination for our family for several years. This year, I will post the highlights of our trip after returning home for all to enjoy and to help plan your trip to Death Valley. First, accommodations are sometimes... Continue Reading →

Great Basin National Park: From Top to Bottom

This past week's trip to the Great Basin National Park was my second journey to this remote destination in eastern Nevada. I did write a blog based on my last trip, but I wanted to provide some more detail on this page. Just like last time, we set up camp at the Wheeler Peak Campground.... Continue Reading →

Las Vegas Rocks

Jean, Nevada- Seven Magic Mountains provide a striking contrast to the Mojave Desert as you cruise on Interstate 15 towards Las Vegas. The 30-35 foot limestone rock towers were created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, and officially opened May 11, 2016.  The day I visited presented 30-40 mile-per-hour gusts of wind, so I was happy... Continue Reading →

Off the Beaten Path: Great Basin National Park

As with several of the national park trips I have taken with my family, when I mention how we love the Great Basin National Park, people look at me with amazement and wonder. First of all, it should be understood that this park is not the easiest to get to (even though there is fairly... Continue Reading →

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