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Tabiiyki, ob -havo juda sovuqdan quyoshliga qadar, biz hammamiz Dodge -dan chiqishni xohlaymiz. Buning eng yaxshi usullaridan biri - bu ochiq yo'lni derazalari ochiq va orqa tomondan sumka bilan urish. Shunday qilib, biz to'rtta bahorgi sayohatni to'pladik, u erda quyosh porlaydi va ko'plab mazali taomlar bor.

Kaliforniyaning markaziy qirg'og'i

Los -Anjelesdan yoki San -Frantsiskodan boshlang va bu erning hashamatli va boshqa joylariga boring Kaliforniyaning markaziy qirg'og'i. Yo'lda mashinadan tushish uchun ko'p sabablar bor, Santa -Barbaradagi munitsipal vino ishlab chiqaruvchilarning ta'mga berish xonasidan, San -Luis Obispodagi Joycup shokoladli yong'oq sariyog 'idishlarigacha va Paso Roblesdagi ko'plab dehqonlar bozori. Solvangdan o'tayotganda, Lili Bee Lavanda fermasining tinchlantiruvchi hidini olish uchun sekin harakatlaning. Markaziy qirg'oqda Cass House Inn, Cheval mehmonxonasi va Santa Barbaradagi Upham mehmonxonasi kabi eng jozibali joylar bor.

Sedona, Ariz.

Arizonaning bu qismidagi qizil toshli landshaftlar ertalab, peshin va tunda ajoyib manzaralarni yaratadi. Davlatlararo 17 bo'ylab joylashgan, tarixiy kichik shaharlar, haqiqatan ham maftunkor Amerika qochishiga olib keladi. Sedonadan Feniksgacha yoki aksincha, Feniksdagi Wright's restoranida kechki ovqat uchun to'xtab, yangi tamales. Elote kafesi Sedonada va "Heartline" kafesining qoidalari. Grandda xona buyurtma qiling Arizona Biltmor sayohatni boshlash yoki tugatish uchun va M Diamond Ranchdagi kovboy taomlarini o'tkazib yubormang.

Buyuk daryo yo'li

Missisipi daryosi bo'yida o'tadigan Buyuk daryo yo'li, har xil flora, fauna va sayohatchilar uchun tabiiy diqqatga sazovor joylarga ega, ulardan kamida 2009 yilda tashkil etilgan Great River Road Wine Trail. To'qqizta vino zavodi mavjud. yo'l bo'ylab, Minnesota shtatidan Ayova shtatiga boradi, Viskonsin shtatidagi vino zavodlarining ko'pchiligi. Agar burbon va viski sizning tezligingizdan ko'ra ko'proq bo'lsa, Amerikaning eng yirik distillash zavodlarini Missisipi daryosi bo'yida topish mumkin, masalan, Kentukki shtatidagi Woodford qo'riqxonasi va ishlab chiqaruvchisi Mark va Tennessi shtatidagi Jek Daniels.

Vankuverdan Sietlgacha

"49 -parallel" dan o'tish Bu Vankuverdan Sietlgacha yoki boshqa yo'l bilan klassik sayohat bo'lib, mintaqaning eng mazali taomlari, bozori va kafelarida to'xtash oson. Avenue Bread -dan nonushta sendvichlari, I Wanna Moka -dan to'xtash uchun qahvaxonalar, Novelty Hill -dan sharob tatib ko'rish va Purple Café va Wine Bar -da pishirish uchun pishloq bor. Boshlanish va tugash nuqtalari ham kosmopolit shaharlar, ular orasidagi yo'llar esa tinch va sokin. (Fotosurat Flickr/nathansnostalgia tomonidan berilgan)


4 ta bahorgi ajoyib sayohatlar - retseptlar

Loy yuvish torlari - chuqur va tor kanyon, bu erda loy yuvish fanglomerat jinslarini kesib o'tadi (allyuvial fan shag'allaridan tashkil topgan konglomerat jinsi). Kanyon chuqur va o'ralgan bo'lib, sayohatning eng qiziqarli joyi birinchi 0,8 mil. Suv va vaqt kanyon devorlarini chiroyli egri va hayoliy shakllarga aylantirdi.

Bu 2-3/4 millik yurish Shimoliy Narrow Road oxirida boshlanadi va sayohatchilar u erga borishlari mumkin bo'lsa-da, yurishni loydan oxirida boshlash osonroq va qiziqroq bo'lishi mumkin. Yuvish yo'li. Shunday qilib, sayohatchilar Red Bluff Spring buloqi bo'ylab yurishadi, so'ngra tor bo'ylab o'tib, piyoda yurish uchun 1-1/2 mil (dumaloq safar) qo'shadilar.

Bu sayohat 1900 yil atrofida mashhur bo'lgan "Grand Gulch Trail" izidan kelib chiqqan bo'lib, jamoa a'zolari Arizona shtatidagi Grand Gulch konidan mis rudasini 8-12 dona yuk vagonlari yordamida Sent-Tomas temir yo'liga olib ketishgan. Bu torliklar sayohatning eng qiyin qismi edi.

Sahroda piyoda yurish haqidagi standart ogohlantirishlardan tashqari. bu juda xavfsiz yurish, lekin agar sharqda momaqaldiroq suv toshqinlari bilan tahdid qilsa, tor doiraga kirmang. Jamoadoshlar bu erda vagonlar, ma'dan va xachirlarni yo'qotib qo'yishdi - ularga qo'shilmang!

Nam, qumli poyabzal bilan silliq qoyalarda ehtiyot bo'ling. Qizil Bluff bulog'i "achchiq bahor" deb nomlangan va jamoadoshlar uni yaxshi ich qoldiruvchi vosita deb bilishgan, shuning uchun agar siz suv ichishni xohlasangiz, tayyor bo'ling.

Bu yovvoyi va olis mamlakat, hech qanday xizmat ko'rsatilmagan (na hojatxona, na suv, na gaz, na ovqat). Omon qolish uchun kerak bo'lgan narsani olib keling. Tayyor bo'ling va o'zingizga ishonch hosil qiling. Bu katta joy va kimdir sizni oxirigacha topadi, agar siz asosiy yo'llarda qolsangiz, lekin bir -ikki kun yoki hatto yon yo'llarda yolg'iz omon qolishga tayyor bo'ling.

Yurish paytida, iltimos, erni va u erdagi boshqa odamlarni hurmat qiling va sizning izingizdan iz qoldirmaslikka harakat qiling. Bundan tashqari, bu yurish qisqa bo'lsa -da, bu joy uzoq, shuning uchun sizga kerak bo'lgan 10 ta Essentialsni olib keling. Bu erda mobil telefonlar ishlamaydi.

Yo'l boshiga chiqish

Loy yuvish torlari Mid-Leyk shimoli-sharqidagi Gold Butte milliy yodgorligida, Las-Vegasdan 3-1/2 soat shimoli-sharqda, yovvoyi, uzoq va manzarali joyda joylashgan.

Loy Wash Shimoliy yo'liga o'ngga buriling va janubi -g'arbiy va quyi oqim bo'ylab Loy yuvish yo'ligacha 3,2 mil yuring. O'ngda qoling va quyi oqimda davom etib, Loy yuvish yo'liga o'ting.

Loy yuvish vositasida ikkita tanlov mavjud. Eng oddiy marshrut - Loy yuvishda davom ettirish, lekin yurish uzoqroq. Murakkab marshrut loy yuvishdan chiqib ketadi va Shimoliy tor ko'chalar oxirigacha borish uchun bir qator yo'llardan foydalanadi, lekin yurish qisqa.

Qisqa va sodda yo'l - Loy yuvish yo'lida qolish, quyi oqimda loy yuvish yo'lining oxirigacha 5,1 mil. Oxiri Red Bluff Spring Road bilan kesishgan chorrahada tan olinadi, u chapga burilib, Loy yuvishdan chiqib ketadi (aslida bu erda nom o'zgaradi, xuddi shu yo'l). Burilishdan oldin kir yuvish mashinasida to'xtab turing, bu transport vositalarini va chorva mollarini yuvishda davom etishiga va Red Bluff bahorida daryo bo'yidagi o'simliklarni oyoq osti qilishiga to'sqinlik qiladigan panjara panjarasidan bir necha metr narida joylashgan. U erdan, yuvinish joyi bo'ylab, tor yo'lakka boring.

Uzunroq va murakkabroq yo'l - bu loy yuvish yo'lida atigi 1,3 mil uzoqlikda turish, bu vaqtda loyni yuvish yo'lining chap tomoni shoxlarga bo'linadi va janubda yonbag'ir kanyoniga o'tadi. Yon kanyondan chiqib, yo'l g'arbiy tomon 1,9 milga cho'ziladi va Red Bluff Spring Road bilan bog'lanadi. "Red Bluff Spring Road" ga chapga burilib, 0,1 mil janubda harakatlanayotganda, Gold Butte Wash Road o'ng tomonga buriladi. Gold Butte Wash Road shimoliy -g'arbiy tomondan 2,3 mil uzoqlikda, loy yuvishga qaytadi. Chapga loy yuvishga o'girilib, haydovchilar endi yo'lning oxiridagi yo'l boshigacha bir necha metr narida, Shimoliy Narrow yo'li bo'ylab boradilar. Shuni esda tutingki, to'g'ridan -to'g'ri Shimoliy Narrows Road orqali yo'l boshiga borib, u erga borishning yaxshi usuli emas.

Yo'l boshidan (1 -jadval, Waypoint 01) marshrut quyi oqimdagi Loy yuvish yo'lidan o'tib, Leyk -Mead milliy hordiq zonasi chegarasini e'lon qiladi.

Ko'p o'tmay, yuvish to'g'ri egilib, torlarga kiradi (Wpt. 02). Avvaliga sayoz, torlar chuqurroq va chuqurroq bo'ladi.

Kanyonning haykal devorlari ularning kelib chiqishi va keyingi o'zgarishlarni ochib beradi. Ba'zi joylarda fanglomeratning shag'allari izchil va bir xil bo'ladi, lekin boshqalarda sayohatchilar toshning turli qatlamlarini ko'rishlari mumkin. Qatlamlar bir -biridan farq qiladi, chunki ular toshqinlarning turli hodisalarini aks ettiradi, ular shag'allarni qotishidan oldin yotqizib, yuvib o'tib, kanyon hosil qiladi.

Ba'zi joylarda sayohatchilar kanyon devorlarida eroziya va to'ldirish tarixini ko'rishlari mumkin. Ko'rinib turibdiki, kanyonni kesish tarixi davomida yon kanallar kesilgan va keyin yangi shag'al bilan to'ldirilgan, ular keyinchalik o'z joylarida sementlangan.

Kanyon devorlari vertikal ravishda singan bo'lib, daraning ikkala tomonini kesib o'tgan yoriqlarni ko'rish mumkin. Bu singanlarning ba'zilari bo'ylab kaltsit (erigan ohaktosh) yoriqlarga kirib, yoriq chetlari bo'ylab qotib qolgan. Bu, aslida, g'or tuzilmalari, lekin juda tor g'or ichida.

Boshqa joylarda, kanyon devorlari g'or va cho'ntaklarning turli o'lchamlari va shakllariga singib ketgan. Buyuk shoxli boyqushlar va oddiy qarg'alar tepalikdagi katta teshiklar va tokchalarda istiqomat qilishgan va ko'pincha pastki tuynuklar yirtqich hayvonlarning yuzlarini juftlashgan ko'zlari va qoyadan jilmayib kulishadi.

Oqim bo'ylab yurish, oxir -oqibat torayib ketadi va kanyon devorlari orqaga yota boshlaydi (Wpt. 03). Sayohatchilar yuvinish bo'ylab Mead ko'lining Overton qo'ligacha (ko'l sathi juda past, hozir Virjiniya daryosi bo'ylab) yurishlari mumkin, lekin bir paytlar (masalan, Wpt. 04) orqaga burilish va orqaga qaytish mantiqiy, chunki u hali ham Virjiniya daryosiga 3 kilometrdan ko'proq masofada.

Xuddi shu yo'l bo'ylab sayohatga chiqqanlar, turli nuqtai nazarlar, har xil yorug'lik va har xil burchaklar bilan torlarni butunlay boshqacha tarzda ko'rishlari mumkin. Kirish va chiqish sayohatlarining afzalliklarini chegirmang.

Red Bluff Spring orqali loy yuvishni qaytarish

Jadval 1. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan avtomobil yo'llarining koordinatalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Highway GPS yo'l nuqtalari (gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Sayt Manzil UTM yo'nalishi UTM Northing Kenglik (N) Uzunlik (Vt) Balandlik (ft)
1635 Narrows Road, Narrows Trailheadda 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Lud Wash Rd, Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Jadval 2. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan sayohatlar koordinatalari va masofalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Hiking GPS yo'l belgilari (*.gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Baxtli yurish! Barcha masofalar, balandliklar va boshqa faktlar taxminiydir.
Oxirgi yangilanish 170921


4 ta bahorgi ajoyib sayohatlar - retseptlar

Loy yuvish torlari - chuqur va tor kanyon, bu erda loy yuvish fanglomerat jinslarini kesib o'tadi (allyuvial fan shag'allaridan tashkil topgan konglomerat jinsi). Kanyon chuqur va o'ralgan bo'lib, sayohatning eng qiziqarli joyi birinchi 0,8 mil. Suv va vaqt kanyon devorlarini chiroyli egri va hayoliy shakllarga aylantirdi.

Bu 2-3/4 millik yurish Shimoliy Narrow Road oxirida boshlanadi va sayohatchilar u erga borishlari mumkin bo'lsa-da, yurishni loydan oxirida boshlash osonroq va, albatta, qiziqroq bo'lishi mumkin. Yuvish yo'li. Shunday qilib, sayohatchilar Red Bluff Spring buloqi bo'ylab yurishadi, so'ngra tor bo'ylab o'tib, piyoda yurish uchun 1-1/2 mil (dumaloq safar) qo'shadilar.

Bu sayohat 1900 yil atrofida mashhur bo'lgan "Grand Gulch Trail" izidan kelib chiqqan bo'lib, jamoa a'zolari Arizona shtatidagi Grand Gulch konidan mis rudasini 8-12 dona yuk vagonlari yordamida Sent-Tomas temir yo'liga olib ketishgan. Bu torliklar sayohatning eng qiyin qismi edi.

Sahroda piyoda yurish haqidagi standart ogohlantirishlardan tashqari. bu juda xavfsiz yurish, lekin agar sharqda momaqaldiroq suv toshqinlari bilan tahdid qilsa, tor doiraga kirmang. Jamoadoshlar bu erda vagonlar, ma'dan va xachirlarni yo'qotib qo'yishdi - ularga qo'shilmang!

Nam, qumli poyabzal bilan silliq qoyalarda ehtiyot bo'ling. Red Bluff Spring "achchiq bahor" deb nomlangan va jamoadoshlar tomonidan yaxshi ichadigan vosita deb hisoblangan, shuning uchun agar siz suv ichishni xohlasangiz, tayyor bo'ling.

Bu yovvoyi va olis mamlakat, hech qanday xizmat ko'rsatilmagan (na hojatxona, na suv, na gaz, na ovqat). Omon qolish uchun kerak bo'lgan narsani olib keling. Tayyor bo'ling va o'zingizga ishonch hosil qiling. Bu katta joy va kimdir sizni oxirigacha topadi, agar siz asosiy yo'llarda qolsangiz, lekin bir -ikki kun yoki hatto yon yo'llarda yolg'iz omon qolishga tayyor bo'ling.

Yurish paytida, iltimos, erni va u erdagi boshqa odamlarni hurmat qiling va sizning izingizdan iz qoldirmaslikka harakat qiling. Bundan tashqari, bu yurish qisqa bo'lsa -da, bu joy uzoq, shuning uchun sizga kerak bo'lgan 10 ta Essentialsni olib keling. Bu erda mobil telefonlar ishlamaydi.

Yo'l boshiga chiqish

Loy yuvish torlari Mid-Leyk shimoli-sharqidagi Gold Butte milliy yodgorligida, Las-Vegasdan 3-1/2 soat shimoli-sharqda, yovvoyi, uzoq va manzarali joyda joylashgan.

Loy Wash Shimoliy yo'liga o'ngga buriling va janubi -g'arbiy va quyi oqim bo'ylab Loy yuvish yo'ligacha 3,2 mil yuring. O'ng tomonda qoling va quyi oqimda davom etadigan Loy yuvish yo'liga o'ting.

Loy yuvish vositasida ikkita tanlov mavjud. Eng oddiy marshrut - Loy yuvishda davom ettirish, lekin yurish uzoqroq. Keyinchalik murakkab yo'l loy yuvish vositasidan chiqib ketadi va Shimoliy tor ko'chalar oxirigacha borish uchun bir qator yo'llardan foydalanadi, lekin yurish qisqa.

Qisqa va sodda yo'l - Loy yuvish yo'lida qolish, quyi oqimda loy yuvish yo'lining oxirigacha 5,1 mil. Oxiri Red Bluff Spring Road bilan kesishgan chorrahada tan olinadi, u chapga burilib, Loy yuvishdan chiqadi (aslida bu erda nom o'zgaradi, xuddi shu yo'l). Burilishdan oldin kir yuvish mashinasida to'xtab turing, bu transport vositalarini va chorva mollarini yuvishda davom etishiga va Red Bluff bahorida daryo bo'yidagi o'simliklarni oyoq osti qilishiga to'sqinlik qiladigan panjara panjarasidan bir necha metr narida joylashgan. U erdan, yuvinish joyi bo'ylab, tor yo'lakka boring.

Uzunroq va murakkabroq yo'l - Loy yuvish yo'lida atigi 1,3 mil uzoqlikda turish, bu vaqtda Loy Wash Cutoff Road chapga burilib, janubdan yonbag'ir kanyoniga o'tadi. Yon kanyondan chiqib, yo'l g'arbiy tomon 1,9 milga cho'ziladi va Red Bluff Spring Road bilan bog'lanadi. Red Bluff Spring Road tomon chapga burilib, janubga 0,1 mil narida, Gold Butte Wash Road o'ng tomonga buriladi. Gold Butte Wash Road shimoliy -g'arbiy tomonda, 2,3 mil uzoqlikda, Loy yuvishga qaytadi. Chapga loy yuvishga o'girilib, haydovchilar yo'lning oxiridagi yo'l boshigacha bir necha metr narida Shimoliy Narrow yo'li bo'ylab boradilar. Shuni yodda tutingki, to'g'ridan -to'g'ri Shimoliy Narrows Road orqali yo'l boshiga borib, u erga borishning eng yaxshi usuli emas.

Yo'l boshidan (1 -jadval, yo'l nuqtasi 01), marshrut quyi oqimdagi Loy yuvish yo'lidan o'tib, Leyk -Mead milliy hordiq zonasi chegarasini e'lon qiladi.

Ko'p o'tmay, yuvish o'ngga buriladi va torlarga kiradi (Wpt. 02). Avvaliga sayoz, torlar chuqurroq va chuqurroq bo'ladi.

Kanyonning haykal devorlari ularning kelib chiqishi va keyingi o'zgarishlarni ochib beradi. Ba'zi joylarda fanglomeratning shag'allari izchil va bir xil bo'ladi, lekin boshqalarda sayohatchilar toshning turli qatlamlarini ko'rishlari mumkin. Qatlamlar bir -biridan farq qiladi, chunki ular toshqinlarning turli hodisalarini aks ettiradi, ular shag'allarni qotishidan oldin yotqizib, yuvib o'tib, kanyon hosil qiladi.

Ba'zi joylarda sayohatchilar kanyon devorlarida eroziya va to'ldirish tarixini ko'rishlari mumkin. Ko'rinib turibdiki, kanyonni kesish tarixi davomida yon kanallar kesilgan va keyin yangi shag'al bilan to'ldirilgan, ular keyinchalik o'z joylarida sementlangan.

Kanyon devorlari vertikal ravishda singan bo'lib, daraning ikkala tomonini kesib o'tgan yoriqlarni ko'rish mumkin. Bu singanlarning ba'zilari bo'ylab kaltsit (erigan ohaktosh) yoriqlarga kirib, yoriq chetlari bo'ylab qotib qolgan. Bu, aslida, g'or tuzilmalari, lekin juda tor g'or ichida.

Boshqa joylarda, kanyon devorlari g'or va cho'ntaklarning turli o'lchamlari va shakllariga singib ketgan. Buyuk shoxli boyqushlar va oddiy qarg'alar tepalikdagi katta teshiklar va tokchalarda istiqomat qilishgan va ko'pincha pastki tuynuklar yirtqich hayvonlarning yuzlarini juftlashgan ko'zlari va qoyadan jilmayib kulishadi.

Oqim bo'ylab yurish, oxir -oqibat torayib ketadi va kanyon devorlari orqaga yota boshlaydi (Wpt. 03). Sayohatchilar yuvinish bo'ylab Mead ko'lining Overton qo'ligacha (ko'l sathi juda past, hozir Virjiniya daryosi bo'ylab) yurishlari mumkin, lekin bir paytlar (masalan, Wpt. 04) orqaga burilish va orqaga qaytish mantiqiy, chunki u hali ham Virjiniya daryosiga 3 kilometrdan ko'proq masofada.

Xuddi shu yo'l bo'ylab sayohatga chiqqanlar, turli nuqtai nazarlar, har xil yorug'lik va har xil burchaklar bilan tor joylarni butunlay boshqacha tarzda ko'rishlari mumkin. Kirish va chiqish sayohatlarining afzalliklarini chegirmang.

Red Bluff Spring orqali loy yuvishni qaytarish

Jadval 1. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan avtomobil yo'llarining koordinatalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Highway GPS yo'l nuqtalari (gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Sayt Manzil UTM yo'nalishi UTM Northing Kenglik (N) Uzunlik (Vt) Balandlik (ft)
1635 Narrows Road Shimoliy yo'lida, Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Lud Wash Rd, Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Jadval 2. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan sayohatlar koordinatalari va masofalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Hiking GPS yo'l nuqtalari (*.gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Baxtli yurish! Barcha masofalar, balandliklar va boshqa faktlar taxminiydir.
Oxirgi yangilanish 170921


4 ta bahorgi ajoyib sayohatlar - retseptlar

Loy yuvish torlari - chuqur va tor kanyon, bu erda loy yuvish fanglomerat jinslarini kesib o'tadi (allyuvial fan shag'allaridan tashkil topgan konglomerat jinsi). Kanyon chuqur va o'ralgan bo'lib, yurishning eng qiziqi birinchi 0,8 mil. Suv va vaqt kanyon devorlarini chiroyli egri va hayoliy shakllarga aylantirdi.

Bu 2-3/4 millik yurish Shimoliy Narrow Road oxirida boshlanadi va sayohatchilar u erga borishlari mumkin bo'lsa-da, yurishni loydan oxirida boshlash osonroq va qiziqroq bo'lishi mumkin. Yuvish yo'li. Shunday qilib, sayohatchilar Red Bluff Spring buloqi bo'ylab yurishadi, so'ngra tor bo'ylab o'tib, piyoda yurish uchun 1-1/2 mil (dumaloq safar) qo'shadilar.

Bu sayohat Grand Gulch Trail-ni kuzatadi, vagon yo'nalishi 1900 yil atrofida mashhur bo'lib, 8-12 dona yuk tashuvchi vagonlardan foydalangan holda, Arizona shtatidagi Grand Gulch konidan mis rudasini Sent-Tomasdagi temir yo'lga olib ketishgan. Bu torliklar sayohatning eng qiyin qismi edi.

Sahroda piyoda yurish haqidagi standart ogohlantirishlardan tashqari. bu juda xavfsiz yurish, lekin agar sharqda momaqaldiroq suv toshqinlari bilan tahdid qilsa, tor doiraga kirmang. Jamoadoshlar bu erda vagonlar, ma'dan va xachirlarni yo'qotib qo'yishdi - ularga qo'shilmang!

Nam, qumli poyabzal bilan silliq qoyalarda ehtiyot bo'ling. Red Bluff Spring "achchiq bahor" deb nomlangan va jamoadoshlar tomonidan yaxshi ichadigan vosita deb hisoblangan, shuning uchun agar siz suv ichishni xohlasangiz, tayyor bo'ling.

Bu yovvoyi va olis mamlakat, hech qanday xizmat ko'rsatilmagan (na hojatxona, na suv, na gaz, na ovqat). Omon qolish uchun kerak bo'lgan narsani olib keling. Tayyor bo'ling va o'zingizga ishonch hosil qiling. Bu katta joy va kimdir sizni oxirigacha topadi, agar siz asosiy yo'llarda qolsangiz, lekin bir -ikki kun yoki hatto yon yo'llarda yolg'iz omon qolishga tayyor bo'ling.

Yurish paytida, iltimos, erni va u erdagi boshqa odamlarni hurmat qiling va sizning izingizdan iz qoldirmaslikka harakat qiling. Bundan tashqari, bu yurish qisqa bo'lsa -da, bu joy uzoq, shuning uchun sizga kerak bo'lgan 10 ta Essentialsni olib keling. Bu erda mobil telefonlar ishlamaydi.

Yo'l boshiga chiqish

Loy yuvish torlari Mid-Leyk shimoli-sharqidagi Gold Butte milliy yodgorligida, Las-Vegasdan 3-1/2 soat shimoli-sharqda, yovvoyi, uzoq va manzarali joyda joylashgan.

Loy Wash Shimoliy yo'liga o'ngga buriling va janubi -g'arbiy va quyi oqim bo'ylab Loy yuvish yo'ligacha 3,2 mil yuring. O'ngda qoling va quyi oqimda davom etib, Loy yuvish yo'liga o'ting.

Loy yuvish vositasida ikkita tanlov mavjud. Eng oddiy marshrut - Loy yuvishda davom ettirish, lekin yurish uzoqroq. Murakkab marshrut loy yuvishdan chiqib ketadi va Shimoliy tor ko'chalar oxirigacha borish uchun bir qator yo'llardan foydalanadi, lekin yurish qisqa.

Qisqa va sodda yo'l - Loy yuvish yo'lida qolish, quyi oqimda Lud yuvish yo'lining oxirigacha 5,1 mil. Oxiri Red Bluff Spring Road bilan kesishgan chorrahada tan olinadi, u chapga burilib, Loy yuvishdan chiqib ketadi (aslida bu erda nom o'zgaradi, xuddi shu yo'l). Tikanli simli panjaradan bir necha metr narida, transport vositalarini va chorva mollarini yuvishda davom etishiga va Red Bluff Spring daryosi bo'yidagi o'simliklarni oyoq osti qilishiga yo'l qo'ymaslik uchun burilishdan oldin yuving. U erdan, yuvinish joyi bo'ylab, tor yo'lakka boring.

Uzunroq va murakkabroq yo'l - bu loy yuvish yo'lida atigi 1,3 mil uzoqlikda turish, bu vaqtda loyni yuvish yo'lining chap tomoni shoxlarga bo'linadi va janubda yonbag'ir kanyoniga o'tadi. Yon kanyondan chiqib, yo'l g'arbiy tomon 1,9 milga cho'ziladi va Red Bluff Spring Road bilan bog'lanadi. "Red Bluff Spring Road" ga chapga burilib, 0,1 mil janubda harakatlanayotganda, Gold Butte Wash Road o'ng tomonga buriladi. Gold Butte Wash Road shimoliy -g'arbiy tomondan 2,3 mil uzoqlikda, loy yuvishga qaytadi. Chapga loy yuvishga o'girilib, haydovchilar endi yo'lning oxiridagi yo'l boshigacha bir necha metr narida, Shimoliy Narrow yo'li bo'ylab boradilar. Shuni yodda tutingki, to'g'ridan -to'g'ri Shimoliy Narrows Road orqali yo'l boshiga borib, u erga borishning eng yaxshi usuli emas.

Yo'l boshidan (1 -jadval, Waypoint 01) marshrut quyi oqimdagi Loy yuvish yo'lidan o'tib, Leyk -Mead milliy hordiq zonasi chegarasini e'lon qiladi.

Ko'p o'tmay, yuvish o'ngga buriladi va torlarga kiradi (Wpt. 02). Avvaliga sayoz, torlar chuqurroq va chuqurroq bo'ladi.

Kanyonning haykal devorlari ularning kelib chiqishi va keyingi o'zgarishlarni ochib beradi. Ba'zi joylarda fanglomeratning shag'allari izchil va bir xil bo'ladi, lekin boshqalarda sayohatchilar toshning turli qatlamlarini ko'rishlari mumkin. Qatlamlar bir -biridan farq qiladi, chunki ular toshqinlarning turli hodisalarini aks ettiradi, ular shag'allarni qotishidan oldin yotqizib, yuvib o'tib, kanyon hosil qiladi.

Ba'zi joylarda sayohatchilar kanyon devorlarida eroziya va to'ldirish tarixini ko'rishlari mumkin. Ko'rinib turibdiki, kanyonni kesish tarixi davomida yon kanallar kesilgan va keyin yangi shag'al bilan to'ldirilgan, ular keyinchalik o'z joylarida sementlangan.

Kanyon devorlari vertikal ravishda singan bo'lib, daraning ikkala tomonini kesib o'tgan yoriqlarni ko'rish mumkin. Bu singanlarning ba'zilari bo'ylab kaltsit (erigan ohaktosh) yoriqlarga kirib, yoriq chetlari bo'ylab qotib qolgan. Bu, aslida, g'or tuzilmalari, lekin juda tor g'or ichida.

Boshqa joylarda, kanyon devorlari g'or va cho'ntaklarning har xil o'lchamdagi va shakllariga singib ketgan. Buyuk shoxli boyqushlar va oddiy qarg'alar tepalikdagi katta teshiklar va tokchalarda istiqomat qilishgan va ko'pincha pastki tuynuklar yirtqich hayvonlarning yuzlarini juftlashgan ko'zlari va qoyadan jilmayib kulishadi.

Oqim bo'ylab yurish, oxir -oqibat torayib ketadi va kanyon devorlari orqaga yota boshlaydi (Wpt. 03). Sayohatchilar yuvinish bo'ylab Mead ko'lining Overton qo'ligacha (ko'l sathi juda past, hozir Virjiniya daryosi bo'ylab) yurishlari mumkin, lekin bir paytlar (masalan, Wpt. 04) orqaga burilish va orqaga qaytish mantiqiy, chunki u hali ham Virjiniya daryosiga 3 kilometrdan ko'proq masofada.

Xuddi shu yo'l bo'ylab sayohatga chiqqanlar, turli nuqtai nazarlar, har xil yorug'lik va har xil burchaklar bilan tor joylarni butunlay boshqacha tarzda ko'rishlari mumkin. Kirish va chiqish sayohatlarining afzalliklarini chegirmang.

Red Bluff Spring orqali loy yuvishni qaytarish

Jadval 1. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan avtomobil yo'llarining koordinatalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Highway GPS yo'l nuqtalari (gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Sayt Manzil UTM yo'nalishi UTM Northing Kenglik (N) Uzunlik (Vt) Balandlik (ft)
1635 Narrows Road Shimoliy yo'lida, Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Lud Wash Rd, Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Jadval 2. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan sayohatlar koordinatalari va masofalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Hiking GPS yo'l belgilari (*.gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Baxtli yurish! Barcha masofalar, balandliklar va boshqa faktlar taxminiydir.
Oxirgi yangilanish 170921


4 ta bahorgi ajoyib sayohatlar - retseptlar

Loy yuvish torlari - chuqur va tor kanyon, bu erda loy yuvish fanglomerat jinslarini kesib o'tadi (allyuvial fan shag'allaridan tashkil topgan konglomerat jinsi). Kanyon chuqur va o'ralgan bo'lib, yurishning eng qiziqi birinchi 0,8 mil. Suv va vaqt kanyon devorlarini chiroyli egri va hayoliy shakllarga aylantirdi.

Bu 2-3/4 millik yurish Shimoliy Narrow Road oxirida boshlanadi va sayohatchilar u erga borishlari mumkin bo'lsa-da, yurishni loydan oxirida boshlash osonroq va qiziqroq bo'lishi mumkin. Yuvish yo'li. Shunday qilib, sayohatchilar Red Bluff Spring buloqi bo'ylab yurishadi, so'ngra tor bo'ylab o'tib, piyoda yurish uchun 1-1/2 mil (dumaloq safar) qo'shadilar.

Bu sayohat Grand Gulch Trail-ni kuzatadi, vagon yo'nalishi 1900 yil atrofida mashhur bo'lib, 8-12 dona yuk tashuvchi vagonlardan foydalangan holda, Arizona shtatidagi Grand Gulch konidan mis rudasini Sent-Tomasdagi temir yo'lga olib ketishgan. Bu torliklar sayohatning eng qiyin qismi edi.

Sahroda piyoda yurish haqidagi standart ogohlantirishlardan tashqari. bu juda xavfsiz yurish, lekin agar sharqda momaqaldiroq suv toshqinlari bilan tahdid qilsa, tor doiraga kirmang. Jamoadoshlar bu erda vagonlar, ma'dan va xachirlarni yo'qotib qo'yishdi - ularga qo'shilmang!

Nam, qumli poyabzal bilan silliq qoyalarda ehtiyot bo'ling. Red Bluff Spring "achchiq bahor" deb nomlangan va jamoadoshlar tomonidan yaxshi ichadigan vosita deb hisoblangan, shuning uchun agar siz suv ichishni xohlasangiz, tayyor bo'ling.

Bu yovvoyi va olis mamlakat, hech qanday xizmat ko'rsatilmagan (na hojatxona, na suv, na gaz, na ovqat). Omon qolish uchun kerak bo'lgan narsani olib keling. Tayyor bo'ling va o'zingizga ishonch hosil qiling. Bu katta joy va kimdir sizni oxirigacha topadi, agar siz asosiy yo'llarda qolsangiz, lekin bir -ikki kun yoki hatto yon yo'llarda yolg'iz omon qolishga tayyor bo'ling.

Yurish paytida, iltimos, erni va u erdagi boshqa odamlarni hurmat qiling va sizning izingizdan iz qoldirmaslikka harakat qiling. Bundan tashqari, bu yurish qisqa bo'lsa -da, bu joy uzoq, shuning uchun sizga kerak bo'lgan 10 ta Essentialsni olib keling. Bu erda mobil telefonlar ishlamaydi.

Yo'l boshiga chiqish

Loy yuvish torlari Mid-Leyk shimoli-sharqidagi Gold Butte milliy yodgorligida, Las-Vegasdan 3-1/2 soat shimoli-sharqda, yovvoyi, uzoq va manzarali joyda joylashgan.

Loy yuvish shimoliy yo'liga o'ngga buriling va janubi -g'arbiy va quyi oqim bo'ylab Loy yuvish yo'ligacha 3,2 mil yuring. O'ng tomonda qoling va quyi oqimda davom etadigan Loy yuvish yo'liga o'ting.

Loy yuvish vositasida ikkita tanlov mavjud. Eng oddiy marshrut - Loy yuvishda davom ettirish, lekin yurish uzoqroq. Murakkab marshrut loy yuvishdan chiqib ketadi va Shimoliy tor ko'chalar oxirigacha borish uchun bir qator yo'llardan foydalanadi, lekin yurish qisqa.

Qisqa va sodda yo'l - Loy yuvish yo'lida qolish, quyi oqimda loy yuvish yo'lining oxirigacha 5,1 mil. Oxiri Red Bluff Spring Road bilan kesishgan chorrahada tan olinadi, u chapga burilib, Loy yuvishdan chiqadi (aslida bu erda nom o'zgaradi, xuddi shu yo'l). Tikanli simli panjaradan bir necha metr narida, transport vositalarini va chorva mollarini yuvishda davom etishiga va Red Bluff Spring daryosi bo'yidagi o'simliklarni oyoq osti qilishiga yo'l qo'ymaslik uchun burilishdan oldin yuving. U erdan, yuvinish joyi bo'ylab, tor yo'lakka boring.

Uzunroq va murakkabroq yo'l - bu loy yuvish yo'lida atigi 1,3 mil uzoqlikda turish, bu vaqtda loyni yuvish yo'lining chap tomoni shoxlarga bo'linadi va janubda yonbag'ir kanyoniga o'tadi. Yon kanyondan chiqib, yo'l g'arbiy tomon 1,9 milga cho'ziladi va Red Bluff Spring Road bilan bog'lanadi. "Red Bluff Spring Road" ga chapga burilib, 0,1 mil janubda harakatlanayotganda, Gold Butte Wash Road o'ng tomonga buriladi. Gold Butte Wash Road shimoliy -g'arbiy tomondan 2,3 mil uzoqlikda, loy yuvishga qaytadi. Chapga loy yuvishga o'girilib, haydovchilar endi yo'lning oxiridagi yo'l boshigacha bir necha metr narida, Shimoliy Narrow yo'li bo'ylab boradilar. Shuni esda tutingki, to'g'ridan -to'g'ri Shimoliy Narrows Road orqali yo'l boshiga borib, u erga borishning yaxshi usuli emas.

Yo'l boshidan (1 -jadval, Waypoint 01) marshrut quyi oqimdagi Loy yuvish yo'lidan o'tib, Leyk -Mead milliy hordiq zonasi chegarasini e'lon qiladi.

Ko'p o'tmay, yuvish o'ngga buriladi va torlarga kiradi (Wpt. 02). Avvaliga sayoz, torlar chuqurroq va chuqurroq bo'ladi.

Kanyonning haykal devorlari ularning kelib chiqishi va keyingi o'zgarishlarni ochib beradi. Ba'zi joylarda fanglomeratning shag'allari izchil va bir xil bo'ladi, lekin boshqalarda sayohatchilar toshning turli qatlamlarini ko'rishlari mumkin. Qatlamlar bir -biridan farq qiladi, chunki ular toshqinlarning turli hodisalarini ifodalaydi, ular shag'allarni qotishidan oldin yotqizib, yuvib o'tib, kanyon hosil qiladi.

Ba'zi joylarda sayohatchilar kanyon devorlarida eroziya va to'ldirish tarixini ko'rishlari mumkin. Ko'rinib turibdiki, kanyonni kesish tarixi davomida yon kanallar kesilgan va keyin yangi shag'al bilan to'ldirilgan, ular keyinchalik o'z joylarida sementlangan.

Kanyon devorlari vertikal ravishda singan bo'lib, daraning ikkala tomonini kesib o'tgan yoriqlarni ko'rish mumkin. Bu singanlarning ba'zilari bo'ylab kaltsit (erigan ohaktosh) yoriqlarga kirib, yoriq chetlari bo'ylab qotib qolgan. Bu, aslida, g'or tuzilmalari, lekin juda tor g'or ichida.

Boshqa joylarda, kanyon devorlari g'or va cho'ntaklarning har xil o'lchamdagi va shakllariga singib ketgan. Buyuk shoxli boyqushlar va oddiy qarg'alar tepalikdagi katta teshiklar va tokchalarda istiqomat qilishgan va ko'pincha pastki tuynuklar yirtqich hayvonlarning yuzlarini juftlashgan ko'zlari va qoyadan jilmayib kulishadi.

Oqim bo'ylab yurish, oxir -oqibat torayib ketadi va kanyon devorlari orqaga yota boshlaydi (Wpt. 03). Sayohatchilar yuvinishda Mead ko'lining Overton qo'ligacha (ko'l sathi juda past, hozir Virjiniya daryosi bo'ylab) yurishlari mumkin, lekin bir paytlar (masalan, 04 -hafta) orqaga burilish va orqaga qaytish mantiqiy, chunki u hali ham Virjiniya daryosiga 3 kilometrdan ko'proq masofada.

Xuddi shu yo'l bo'ylab sayohatga chiqqanlar, turli nuqtai nazarlar, har xil yorug'lik va har xil burchaklar bilan torlarni butunlay boshqacha tarzda ko'rishlari mumkin. Kirish va chiqish sayohatlarining afzalliklarini chegirmang.

Red Bluff Spring orqali loy yuvishni qaytarish

Jadval 1. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan avtomobil yo'llarining koordinatalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Highway GPS yo'l nuqtalari (gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Sayt Manzil UTM yo'nalishi UTM Northing Kenglik (N) Uzunlik (Vt) Balandlik (ft)
1635 Narrows Road Shimoliy yo'lida, Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Lud Wash Rd, Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Jadval 2. GPS ma'lumotlariga asoslangan sayohatlar koordinatalari va masofalari (NAD27 UTM 11S zonasi). Hiking GPS yo'l nuqtalari (*.gpx) faylini yuklab oling.

Baxtli yurish! Barcha masofalar, balandliklar va boshqa faktlar taxminiydir.
Oxirgi yangilanish 170921


4 ta bahorgi ajoyib sayohatlar - retseptlar

Loy yuvish torlari - chuqur va tor kanyon, bu erda loy yuvish fanglomerat jinslarini kesib o'tadi (allyuvial fan shag'allaridan tashkil topgan konglomerat jinsi). Kanyon chuqur va o'ralgan bo'lib, sayohatning eng qiziqarli joyi birinchi 0,8 mil. Suv va vaqt kanyon devorlarini chiroyli egri va hayoliy shakllarga aylantirdi.

Bu 2-3/4 millik yurish Shimoliy Narrow Road oxirida boshlanadi va sayohatchilar u erga borishlari mumkin bo'lsa-da, yurishni loydan oxirida boshlash osonroq va qiziqroq bo'lishi mumkin. Yuvish yo'li. Shunday qilib, sayohatchilar Qizil Bluff buloqlari bo'ylab yurishadi, so'ngra tor bo'ylab o'tib, piyoda yurish uchun 1-1/2 mil (dumaloq safar) qo'shadilar.

Bu sayohat Grand Gulch Trail-ni kuzatadi, vagon yo'nalishi 1900 yil atrofida mashhur bo'lib, 8-12 dona yuk tashuvchi vagonlardan foydalangan holda, Arizona shtatidagi Grand Gulch konidan mis rudasini Sent-Tomasdagi temir yo'lga olib ketishgan. Bu torliklar sayohatning eng qiyin qismi edi.

Sahroda piyoda yurish haqidagi standart ogohlantirishlardan tashqari. bu juda xavfsiz yurish, lekin agar sharqda momaqaldiroq suv toshqinlari bilan tahdid qilsa, tor doiraga kirmang. Jamoadoshlar bu erda vagonlar, ma'dan va xachirlarni yo'qotib qo'yishdi - ularga qo'shilmang!

Nam, qumli poyabzal bilan silliq qoyalarda ehtiyot bo'ling. Red Bluff Spring "achchiq bahor" deb nomlangan va jamoadoshlar tomonidan yaxshi ichadigan vosita deb hisoblangan, shuning uchun agar siz suv ichishni xohlasangiz, tayyor bo'ling.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, the area is remote, so be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work here.

Getting to the Trailhead

Mud Wash Narrows is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest and downstream for 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right and merge onto Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream.

In Mud Wash, there are two choices. The simplest route is to continue all the way down Mud Wash, but the walk is longer. The more complicated route cuts out of Mud Wash and uses a series of roads to drive to the end of Narrows Road North, but the walk is shorter.

The short and simple drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream for 5.1 miles to the end of Mud Wash Road. The end is recognized by a signed intersection with Red Bluff Spring Road, which turns left and climbs out of Mud Wash (actually, the name just changes here it is the same road). Park in the wash before the turn, which is only a few yards upstream from the barbed-wire fence that is intended to keep vehicles and livestock from continuing down the wash and trampling the riparian vegetation at Red Bluff Spring. From there, walk down the wash to the Narrows trailhead.

The longer and more complicated drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road for only 1.3 miles, at which point Mud Wash Cutoff Road branches off to the left and runs south into a side canyon. Climbing out of the side canyon, the road runs west 1.9 miles and connects with Red Bluff Spring Road. Turning left onto Red Bluff Spring Road and driving south 0.1 miles, Gold Butte Wash Road branches hard to the right. Gold Butte Wash Road runs northwest 2.3 miles all the way back to Mud Wash. Turning left into Mud Wash, drivers now follow Narrows Road North a few yards down to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that driving to the trailhead directly via Narrows Road North is not a better way to get there.

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route follows Mud Wash downstream past a sign announcing the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shortly, the wash curves right and enters the narrows (Wpt. 02). Shallow at first, the narrows get deeper and deeper farther down.

The sculpted walls of the canyon reveal their origin and subsequent changes. In places, gravels of the fanglomerate are consistent and uniform, but in others hikers can see different layers of cobbles. The layers are different because they represent different flood events that laid down the gravels before they solidified and the wash cut through them to form the canyon.

In some places, hikers can see in the canyon walls the history of erosion and infilling. Apparently, during the history of cutting the canyon, side channels were cut and then refilled with fresh gravels that themselves have subsequently become cemented in place.

The walls of the canyon also have been fractured vertically such that cracks can be seen cutting both sides of the canyon. Along some of these fractures, calcite (dissolved limestone) seeped into the cracks and solidified along the edges of the crack. These are, in effect, cave formations, but within a very narrow cave.

In other places, the walls of the canyon eroded into various sizes and shapes of caves and pockets. Great Horned Owls and Common Ravens have taken up residence in some of the larger holes and alcoves higher up, and often the lower holes take on monster faces with paired eyes and sneering grins appearing out of the rock.

Hiking downstream, eventually the narrows open and the canyon walls begin to lie back (Wpt. 03). Hikers can wander down the wash all the way to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead (with lake levels so low, now the Virgin River), but at some point (e.g., Wpt. 04) it makes sense to turn around and head back because it is still more than 3 miles to the Virgin River.

Hiking back out the same route, visitors get to experience the narrows in an entirely different way with different perspectives, different lighting, and different angles. Don't discount the benefits of an in-and-out hike.

Returning Up Mud Wash through Red Bluff Spring

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Manzil UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1635 Narrows Road North at Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
Last updated 170921


4 Great Spring Road Trips - Recipes

Mud Wash Narrows is a deep, narrow canyon where Mud Wash cut through fanglomerate rocks (conglomerate rock composed of alluvial fan gravels). The canyon is deep and winding, and the most interesting of the hike is the first 0.8 miles. Water and time have eroded the canyon walls into graceful curves and fanciful shapes.

This 2-3/4-mile, in-and-out hike starts at the end of Narrows Road North, and although hikers can drive there, it might be easier, and certainly more interesting, to start the hike at the end of Mud Wash Road. Doing so, hikers walk down through the Red Bluff Spring area, then continue down through the narrows adding 1-1/2 miles (round trip) of easy walking to the hike.

This hike follows the Grand Gulch Trail, a wagon route made famous around 1900 when teamsters, using 8- to 12-mule freight wagons, hauled copper ore from Grand Gulch Mine in Arizona to the railroad at St. Thomas. These narrows were the most difficult part of the journey.

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, . this is a fairly safe hike, but do not enter the narrows if thunderstorms to the east threaten to cause flash floods. Teamsters lost wagons, ore, and mules here due to flashfloods -- don't join them!

Be careful on smooth rocks with wet, sandy shoes. Red Bluff Spring used to be called "Bitter Spring" and was considered by teamsters to be a good laxative, so be prepared if you choose to drink the water.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, the area is remote, so be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work here.

Getting to the Trailhead

Mud Wash Narrows is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest and downstream for 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right and merge onto Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream.

In Mud Wash, there are two choices. The simplest route is to continue all the way down Mud Wash, but the walk is longer. The more complicated route cuts out of Mud Wash and uses a series of roads to drive to the end of Narrows Road North, but the walk is shorter.

The short and simple drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream for 5.1 miles to the end of Mud Wash Road. The end is recognized by a signed intersection with Red Bluff Spring Road, which turns left and climbs out of Mud Wash (actually, the name just changes here it is the same road). Park in the wash before the turn, which is only a few yards upstream from the barbed-wire fence that is intended to keep vehicles and livestock from continuing down the wash and trampling the riparian vegetation at Red Bluff Spring. From there, walk down the wash to the Narrows trailhead.

The longer and more complicated drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road for only 1.3 miles, at which point Mud Wash Cutoff Road branches off to the left and runs south into a side canyon. Climbing out of the side canyon, the road runs west 1.9 miles and connects with Red Bluff Spring Road. Turning left onto Red Bluff Spring Road and driving south 0.1 miles, Gold Butte Wash Road branches hard to the right. Gold Butte Wash Road runs northwest 2.3 miles all the way back to Mud Wash. Turning left into Mud Wash, drivers now follow Narrows Road North a few yards down to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that driving to the trailhead directly via Narrows Road North is not a better way to get there.

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route follows Mud Wash downstream past a sign announcing the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shortly, the wash curves right and enters the narrows (Wpt. 02). Shallow at first, the narrows get deeper and deeper farther down.

The sculpted walls of the canyon reveal their origin and subsequent changes. In places, gravels of the fanglomerate are consistent and uniform, but in others hikers can see different layers of cobbles. The layers are different because they represent different flood events that laid down the gravels before they solidified and the wash cut through them to form the canyon.

In some places, hikers can see in the canyon walls the history of erosion and infilling. Apparently, during the history of cutting the canyon, side channels were cut and then refilled with fresh gravels that themselves have subsequently become cemented in place.

The walls of the canyon also have been fractured vertically such that cracks can be seen cutting both sides of the canyon. Along some of these fractures, calcite (dissolved limestone) seeped into the cracks and solidified along the edges of the crack. These are, in effect, cave formations, but within a very narrow cave.

In other places, the walls of the canyon eroded into various sizes and shapes of caves and pockets. Great Horned Owls and Common Ravens have taken up residence in some of the larger holes and alcoves higher up, and often the lower holes take on monster faces with paired eyes and sneering grins appearing out of the rock.

Hiking downstream, eventually the narrows open and the canyon walls begin to lie back (Wpt. 03). Hikers can wander down the wash all the way to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead (with lake levels so low, now the Virgin River), but at some point (e.g., Wpt. 04) it makes sense to turn around and head back because it is still more than 3 miles to the Virgin River.

Hiking back out the same route, visitors get to experience the narrows in an entirely different way with different perspectives, different lighting, and different angles. Don't discount the benefits of an in-and-out hike.

Returning Up Mud Wash through Red Bluff Spring

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Manzil UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1635 Narrows Road North at Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
Last updated 170921


4 Great Spring Road Trips - Recipes

Mud Wash Narrows is a deep, narrow canyon where Mud Wash cut through fanglomerate rocks (conglomerate rock composed of alluvial fan gravels). The canyon is deep and winding, and the most interesting of the hike is the first 0.8 miles. Water and time have eroded the canyon walls into graceful curves and fanciful shapes.

This 2-3/4-mile, in-and-out hike starts at the end of Narrows Road North, and although hikers can drive there, it might be easier, and certainly more interesting, to start the hike at the end of Mud Wash Road. Doing so, hikers walk down through the Red Bluff Spring area, then continue down through the narrows adding 1-1/2 miles (round trip) of easy walking to the hike.

This hike follows the Grand Gulch Trail, a wagon route made famous around 1900 when teamsters, using 8- to 12-mule freight wagons, hauled copper ore from Grand Gulch Mine in Arizona to the railroad at St. Thomas. These narrows were the most difficult part of the journey.

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, . this is a fairly safe hike, but do not enter the narrows if thunderstorms to the east threaten to cause flash floods. Teamsters lost wagons, ore, and mules here due to flashfloods -- don't join them!

Be careful on smooth rocks with wet, sandy shoes. Red Bluff Spring used to be called "Bitter Spring" and was considered by teamsters to be a good laxative, so be prepared if you choose to drink the water.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, the area is remote, so be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work here.

Getting to the Trailhead

Mud Wash Narrows is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest and downstream for 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right and merge onto Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream.

In Mud Wash, there are two choices. The simplest route is to continue all the way down Mud Wash, but the walk is longer. The more complicated route cuts out of Mud Wash and uses a series of roads to drive to the end of Narrows Road North, but the walk is shorter.

The short and simple drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream for 5.1 miles to the end of Mud Wash Road. The end is recognized by a signed intersection with Red Bluff Spring Road, which turns left and climbs out of Mud Wash (actually, the name just changes here it is the same road). Park in the wash before the turn, which is only a few yards upstream from the barbed-wire fence that is intended to keep vehicles and livestock from continuing down the wash and trampling the riparian vegetation at Red Bluff Spring. From there, walk down the wash to the Narrows trailhead.

The longer and more complicated drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road for only 1.3 miles, at which point Mud Wash Cutoff Road branches off to the left and runs south into a side canyon. Climbing out of the side canyon, the road runs west 1.9 miles and connects with Red Bluff Spring Road. Turning left onto Red Bluff Spring Road and driving south 0.1 miles, Gold Butte Wash Road branches hard to the right. Gold Butte Wash Road runs northwest 2.3 miles all the way back to Mud Wash. Turning left into Mud Wash, drivers now follow Narrows Road North a few yards down to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that driving to the trailhead directly via Narrows Road North is not a better way to get there.

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route follows Mud Wash downstream past a sign announcing the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shortly, the wash curves right and enters the narrows (Wpt. 02). Shallow at first, the narrows get deeper and deeper farther down.

The sculpted walls of the canyon reveal their origin and subsequent changes. In places, gravels of the fanglomerate are consistent and uniform, but in others hikers can see different layers of cobbles. The layers are different because they represent different flood events that laid down the gravels before they solidified and the wash cut through them to form the canyon.

In some places, hikers can see in the canyon walls the history of erosion and infilling. Apparently, during the history of cutting the canyon, side channels were cut and then refilled with fresh gravels that themselves have subsequently become cemented in place.

The walls of the canyon also have been fractured vertically such that cracks can be seen cutting both sides of the canyon. Along some of these fractures, calcite (dissolved limestone) seeped into the cracks and solidified along the edges of the crack. These are, in effect, cave formations, but within a very narrow cave.

In other places, the walls of the canyon eroded into various sizes and shapes of caves and pockets. Great Horned Owls and Common Ravens have taken up residence in some of the larger holes and alcoves higher up, and often the lower holes take on monster faces with paired eyes and sneering grins appearing out of the rock.

Hiking downstream, eventually the narrows open and the canyon walls begin to lie back (Wpt. 03). Hikers can wander down the wash all the way to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead (with lake levels so low, now the Virgin River), but at some point (e.g., Wpt. 04) it makes sense to turn around and head back because it is still more than 3 miles to the Virgin River.

Hiking back out the same route, visitors get to experience the narrows in an entirely different way with different perspectives, different lighting, and different angles. Don't discount the benefits of an in-and-out hike.

Returning Up Mud Wash through Red Bluff Spring

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Manzil UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1635 Narrows Road North at Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
Last updated 170921


4 Great Spring Road Trips - Recipes

Mud Wash Narrows is a deep, narrow canyon where Mud Wash cut through fanglomerate rocks (conglomerate rock composed of alluvial fan gravels). The canyon is deep and winding, and the most interesting of the hike is the first 0.8 miles. Water and time have eroded the canyon walls into graceful curves and fanciful shapes.

This 2-3/4-mile, in-and-out hike starts at the end of Narrows Road North, and although hikers can drive there, it might be easier, and certainly more interesting, to start the hike at the end of Mud Wash Road. Doing so, hikers walk down through the Red Bluff Spring area, then continue down through the narrows adding 1-1/2 miles (round trip) of easy walking to the hike.

This hike follows the Grand Gulch Trail, a wagon route made famous around 1900 when teamsters, using 8- to 12-mule freight wagons, hauled copper ore from Grand Gulch Mine in Arizona to the railroad at St. Thomas. These narrows were the most difficult part of the journey.

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, . this is a fairly safe hike, but do not enter the narrows if thunderstorms to the east threaten to cause flash floods. Teamsters lost wagons, ore, and mules here due to flashfloods -- don't join them!

Be careful on smooth rocks with wet, sandy shoes. Red Bluff Spring used to be called "Bitter Spring" and was considered by teamsters to be a good laxative, so be prepared if you choose to drink the water.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, the area is remote, so be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work here.

Getting to the Trailhead

Mud Wash Narrows is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest and downstream for 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right and merge onto Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream.

In Mud Wash, there are two choices. The simplest route is to continue all the way down Mud Wash, but the walk is longer. The more complicated route cuts out of Mud Wash and uses a series of roads to drive to the end of Narrows Road North, but the walk is shorter.

The short and simple drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream for 5.1 miles to the end of Mud Wash Road. The end is recognized by a signed intersection with Red Bluff Spring Road, which turns left and climbs out of Mud Wash (actually, the name just changes here it is the same road). Park in the wash before the turn, which is only a few yards upstream from the barbed-wire fence that is intended to keep vehicles and livestock from continuing down the wash and trampling the riparian vegetation at Red Bluff Spring. From there, walk down the wash to the Narrows trailhead.

The longer and more complicated drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road for only 1.3 miles, at which point Mud Wash Cutoff Road branches off to the left and runs south into a side canyon. Climbing out of the side canyon, the road runs west 1.9 miles and connects with Red Bluff Spring Road. Turning left onto Red Bluff Spring Road and driving south 0.1 miles, Gold Butte Wash Road branches hard to the right. Gold Butte Wash Road runs northwest 2.3 miles all the way back to Mud Wash. Turning left into Mud Wash, drivers now follow Narrows Road North a few yards down to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that driving to the trailhead directly via Narrows Road North is not a better way to get there.

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route follows Mud Wash downstream past a sign announcing the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shortly, the wash curves right and enters the narrows (Wpt. 02). Shallow at first, the narrows get deeper and deeper farther down.

The sculpted walls of the canyon reveal their origin and subsequent changes. In places, gravels of the fanglomerate are consistent and uniform, but in others hikers can see different layers of cobbles. The layers are different because they represent different flood events that laid down the gravels before they solidified and the wash cut through them to form the canyon.

In some places, hikers can see in the canyon walls the history of erosion and infilling. Apparently, during the history of cutting the canyon, side channels were cut and then refilled with fresh gravels that themselves have subsequently become cemented in place.

The walls of the canyon also have been fractured vertically such that cracks can be seen cutting both sides of the canyon. Along some of these fractures, calcite (dissolved limestone) seeped into the cracks and solidified along the edges of the crack. These are, in effect, cave formations, but within a very narrow cave.

In other places, the walls of the canyon eroded into various sizes and shapes of caves and pockets. Great Horned Owls and Common Ravens have taken up residence in some of the larger holes and alcoves higher up, and often the lower holes take on monster faces with paired eyes and sneering grins appearing out of the rock.

Hiking downstream, eventually the narrows open and the canyon walls begin to lie back (Wpt. 03). Hikers can wander down the wash all the way to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead (with lake levels so low, now the Virgin River), but at some point (e.g., Wpt. 04) it makes sense to turn around and head back because it is still more than 3 miles to the Virgin River.

Hiking back out the same route, visitors get to experience the narrows in an entirely different way with different perspectives, different lighting, and different angles. Don't discount the benefits of an in-and-out hike.

Returning Up Mud Wash through Red Bluff Spring

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Manzil UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1635 Narrows Road North at Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
Last updated 170921


4 Great Spring Road Trips - Recipes

Mud Wash Narrows is a deep, narrow canyon where Mud Wash cut through fanglomerate rocks (conglomerate rock composed of alluvial fan gravels). The canyon is deep and winding, and the most interesting of the hike is the first 0.8 miles. Water and time have eroded the canyon walls into graceful curves and fanciful shapes.

This 2-3/4-mile, in-and-out hike starts at the end of Narrows Road North, and although hikers can drive there, it might be easier, and certainly more interesting, to start the hike at the end of Mud Wash Road. Doing so, hikers walk down through the Red Bluff Spring area, then continue down through the narrows adding 1-1/2 miles (round trip) of easy walking to the hike.

This hike follows the Grand Gulch Trail, a wagon route made famous around 1900 when teamsters, using 8- to 12-mule freight wagons, hauled copper ore from Grand Gulch Mine in Arizona to the railroad at St. Thomas. These narrows were the most difficult part of the journey.

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, . this is a fairly safe hike, but do not enter the narrows if thunderstorms to the east threaten to cause flash floods. Teamsters lost wagons, ore, and mules here due to flashfloods -- don't join them!

Be careful on smooth rocks with wet, sandy shoes. Red Bluff Spring used to be called "Bitter Spring" and was considered by teamsters to be a good laxative, so be prepared if you choose to drink the water.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, the area is remote, so be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work here.

Getting to the Trailhead

Mud Wash Narrows is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest and downstream for 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right and merge onto Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream.

In Mud Wash, there are two choices. The simplest route is to continue all the way down Mud Wash, but the walk is longer. The more complicated route cuts out of Mud Wash and uses a series of roads to drive to the end of Narrows Road North, but the walk is shorter.

The short and simple drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream for 5.1 miles to the end of Mud Wash Road. The end is recognized by a signed intersection with Red Bluff Spring Road, which turns left and climbs out of Mud Wash (actually, the name just changes here it is the same road). Park in the wash before the turn, which is only a few yards upstream from the barbed-wire fence that is intended to keep vehicles and livestock from continuing down the wash and trampling the riparian vegetation at Red Bluff Spring. From there, walk down the wash to the Narrows trailhead.

The longer and more complicated drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road for only 1.3 miles, at which point Mud Wash Cutoff Road branches off to the left and runs south into a side canyon. Climbing out of the side canyon, the road runs west 1.9 miles and connects with Red Bluff Spring Road. Turning left onto Red Bluff Spring Road and driving south 0.1 miles, Gold Butte Wash Road branches hard to the right. Gold Butte Wash Road runs northwest 2.3 miles all the way back to Mud Wash. Turning left into Mud Wash, drivers now follow Narrows Road North a few yards down to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that driving to the trailhead directly via Narrows Road North is not a better way to get there.

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route follows Mud Wash downstream past a sign announcing the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shortly, the wash curves right and enters the narrows (Wpt. 02). Shallow at first, the narrows get deeper and deeper farther down.

The sculpted walls of the canyon reveal their origin and subsequent changes. In places, gravels of the fanglomerate are consistent and uniform, but in others hikers can see different layers of cobbles. The layers are different because they represent different flood events that laid down the gravels before they solidified and the wash cut through them to form the canyon.

In some places, hikers can see in the canyon walls the history of erosion and infilling. Apparently, during the history of cutting the canyon, side channels were cut and then refilled with fresh gravels that themselves have subsequently become cemented in place.

The walls of the canyon also have been fractured vertically such that cracks can be seen cutting both sides of the canyon. Along some of these fractures, calcite (dissolved limestone) seeped into the cracks and solidified along the edges of the crack. These are, in effect, cave formations, but within a very narrow cave.

In other places, the walls of the canyon eroded into various sizes and shapes of caves and pockets. Great Horned Owls and Common Ravens have taken up residence in some of the larger holes and alcoves higher up, and often the lower holes take on monster faces with paired eyes and sneering grins appearing out of the rock.

Hiking downstream, eventually the narrows open and the canyon walls begin to lie back (Wpt. 03). Hikers can wander down the wash all the way to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead (with lake levels so low, now the Virgin River), but at some point (e.g., Wpt. 04) it makes sense to turn around and head back because it is still more than 3 miles to the Virgin River.

Hiking back out the same route, visitors get to experience the narrows in an entirely different way with different perspectives, different lighting, and different angles. Don't discount the benefits of an in-and-out hike.

Returning Up Mud Wash through Red Bluff Spring

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Manzil UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1635 Narrows Road North at Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
Last updated 170921


4 Great Spring Road Trips - Recipes

Mud Wash Narrows is a deep, narrow canyon where Mud Wash cut through fanglomerate rocks (conglomerate rock composed of alluvial fan gravels). The canyon is deep and winding, and the most interesting of the hike is the first 0.8 miles. Water and time have eroded the canyon walls into graceful curves and fanciful shapes.

This 2-3/4-mile, in-and-out hike starts at the end of Narrows Road North, and although hikers can drive there, it might be easier, and certainly more interesting, to start the hike at the end of Mud Wash Road. Doing so, hikers walk down through the Red Bluff Spring area, then continue down through the narrows adding 1-1/2 miles (round trip) of easy walking to the hike.

This hike follows the Grand Gulch Trail, a wagon route made famous around 1900 when teamsters, using 8- to 12-mule freight wagons, hauled copper ore from Grand Gulch Mine in Arizona to the railroad at St. Thomas. These narrows were the most difficult part of the journey.

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, . this is a fairly safe hike, but do not enter the narrows if thunderstorms to the east threaten to cause flash floods. Teamsters lost wagons, ore, and mules here due to flashfloods -- don't join them!

Be careful on smooth rocks with wet, sandy shoes. Red Bluff Spring used to be called "Bitter Spring" and was considered by teamsters to be a good laxative, so be prepared if you choose to drink the water.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, the area is remote, so be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work here.

Getting to the Trailhead

Mud Wash Narrows is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest and downstream for 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right and merge onto Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream.

In Mud Wash, there are two choices. The simplest route is to continue all the way down Mud Wash, but the walk is longer. The more complicated route cuts out of Mud Wash and uses a series of roads to drive to the end of Narrows Road North, but the walk is shorter.

The short and simple drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road, continuing downstream for 5.1 miles to the end of Mud Wash Road. The end is recognized by a signed intersection with Red Bluff Spring Road, which turns left and climbs out of Mud Wash (actually, the name just changes here it is the same road). Park in the wash before the turn, which is only a few yards upstream from the barbed-wire fence that is intended to keep vehicles and livestock from continuing down the wash and trampling the riparian vegetation at Red Bluff Spring. From there, walk down the wash to the Narrows trailhead.

The longer and more complicated drive is to stay on Mud Wash Road for only 1.3 miles, at which point Mud Wash Cutoff Road branches off to the left and runs south into a side canyon. Climbing out of the side canyon, the road runs west 1.9 miles and connects with Red Bluff Spring Road. Turning left onto Red Bluff Spring Road and driving south 0.1 miles, Gold Butte Wash Road branches hard to the right. Gold Butte Wash Road runs northwest 2.3 miles all the way back to Mud Wash. Turning left into Mud Wash, drivers now follow Narrows Road North a few yards down to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that driving to the trailhead directly via Narrows Road North is not a better way to get there.

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the route follows Mud Wash downstream past a sign announcing the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shortly, the wash curves right and enters the narrows (Wpt. 02). Shallow at first, the narrows get deeper and deeper farther down.

The sculpted walls of the canyon reveal their origin and subsequent changes. In places, gravels of the fanglomerate are consistent and uniform, but in others hikers can see different layers of cobbles. The layers are different because they represent different flood events that laid down the gravels before they solidified and the wash cut through them to form the canyon.

In some places, hikers can see in the canyon walls the history of erosion and infilling. Apparently, during the history of cutting the canyon, side channels were cut and then refilled with fresh gravels that themselves have subsequently become cemented in place.

The walls of the canyon also have been fractured vertically such that cracks can be seen cutting both sides of the canyon. Along some of these fractures, calcite (dissolved limestone) seeped into the cracks and solidified along the edges of the crack. These are, in effect, cave formations, but within a very narrow cave.

In other places, the walls of the canyon eroded into various sizes and shapes of caves and pockets. Great Horned Owls and Common Ravens have taken up residence in some of the larger holes and alcoves higher up, and often the lower holes take on monster faces with paired eyes and sneering grins appearing out of the rock.

Hiking downstream, eventually the narrows open and the canyon walls begin to lie back (Wpt. 03). Hikers can wander down the wash all the way to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead (with lake levels so low, now the Virgin River), but at some point (e.g., Wpt. 04) it makes sense to turn around and head back because it is still more than 3 miles to the Virgin River.

Hiking back out the same route, visitors get to experience the narrows in an entirely different way with different perspectives, different lighting, and different angles. Don't discount the benefits of an in-and-out hike.

Returning Up Mud Wash through Red Bluff Spring

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Manzil UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1635 Narrows Road North at Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
Last updated 170921


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