Death Valley Trip 2013 | Day 1
Saturday, February 9, 2013
It’s been an unusually long and cold winter this year in Grand Junction. That’s why I’m glad I started planning my first trip to Death Valley a few months earlier. It would be nice to get out hiking and camping in temperatures that were a bit warmer than back at home. Though my main destination on this week-long trip would be Death Valley, I planned on spending the first weekend exploring a few locations in Nevada. On Saturday morning I left home bright and early and started my drive west.
As I approached Salina the sun started to come up and painted the clouds above a pink hue. I pulled over for a quick photo over the interstate.
A layer of fresh snow that fell overnight coated the landscape and caught my attention.
When I reached St. George I needed to get out of the Jeep and stretch my legs a bit. I drove over to Anasazi Ridge along the Santa Clara River and hiked to a few petroglyphs.
Two large rectangular-bodied bighorn sheep.
A very alien-like figure pecked into the top of a large boulder.
There were some real nice panels around this area.
After a quick lunch back in St. George, I continued on to Mesquite where I topped off the fuel tank in my Jeep before heading south on the Gold Butte Road.
Low clouds hide the tops of the mountains in the distance as I made my way to Whitney Pocket.
I soon reached my first destination in Nevada- the trailhead to the Kohta Circus petroglyphs. After a nice hike across the desert I soon spotted the petroglyphs I was searching for.
I liked the ripples in the sand below the large panel of petroglyphs and made sure to include them in this shot.
Here’s a wider view of the same panel.
High above I spotted this pristine petroglyph panel and made sure to use my long lens for a closer look.
Hiking back across the desert to my Jeep I stopped for this photo as the clouds opened up and let a little light through in the distance.
After returning to my Jeep I started the drive over to Little Finland, where I planned to photograph at sunset and spend the night.
On the way I stopped at this petroglyph panel above the wash.
I reached Little Finland just as the late afternoon light was getting nice, so I grabbed my camera and started to explore the area.
After the sun had set for the evening there was a nice glow on the sandstone that I stuck around for.
When the light was gone for the day, I hiked back down to my Jeep and setup camp for the night. I read for a little while and then quickly fell asleep. It was a great first day to the trip.