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On loomulik, et kui ilm läheb ülemäära külmast õndsalt päikseliseks, tahame me kõik lihtsalt Dodge'ist välja pääseda. Ja üks parimaid viise selleks on lüüa lahtisele teele avatud aknad ja tagaküljel olev varukott. Niisiis kogusime kokku neli peamist kevadist maanteeretke, kus päike paistab ja seal on palju maitsvaid suupisteid.

California keskrannik

Alustage Los Angelesest või San Franciscost ja sõitke palusatesse ja ümberpaigutavatesse maadesse California keskrannik. Teel on autost väljumiseks palju põhjuseid, alates Santa Barbara munitsipaalveinivalmistajate degusteerimisruumist kuni Joycupi isetehtud šokolaadist maapähklivõi tassideni San Luis Obispos ja paljudest põllumajandustootjate turgudest Paso Roblesis. Solvangist läbi minnes aeglaselt rulli, et tunda õrnalt rahustavat Lily Bee Lavender Farmi lõhna. Keskrannikul on ka mõned võluvamad kohad, kus peatuda, näiteks Cass House Inn, Hotel Cheval ja Santa Barbara Upham Hotel.

Sedona, Ariz.

Selle Arizona piirkonna punased kivimaastikud pakuvad suurepäraseid vaateid hommikul, keskpäeval ja öösel. Ja väikesed ajaloolised kaevanduslinnad Interstate 17 ääres pakuvad tõeliselt võluvat Ameerika põgenemist. Sõitke Sedonast Phoenixisse või vastupidi, peatudes veetleval õhtusöögil Phoenixis Wrighti juures, värsked tamalesid kl. Elote kohvik Sedonas ja Heartline Café varustus. Broneerige tuba Grandis Arizona Biltmore reisi alustamiseks või lõpetamiseks ning ärge jätke maha kauboi kokkamist M Diamond Ranchis.

Suur jõe tee

Mississippi jõe ääres kulgeval Great River Roadil on maanteele sõitjatele igasugune taimestik, loomastik ja looduslikud vaatamisväärsused, sealhulgas 2009. aastal rajatud Great River Road Wine Trail. mööda rada, mis läheb Minnesotast Iowasse, kus on enamik Wisconsini veinitootjaid. Kui bourbon ja viski on teie jaoks kiiremad, võib mõningaid Ameerika suurimaid piiritusetehaseid leida Mississippi jõe ääres, nagu Woodford Reserve ja Maker's Mark Kentuckys ning Jack Daniels Tennessees.

Vancouverist Seattle'i

49. paralleeli ületamine on klassikaline maanteesõit Vancouverist Seattle'i või vastupidi, hõlpsate peatumistega piirkonna mõnusaimate söögikohtade, turgude ja kohvikutega. Avenue Breadist saab hommikusöögi võileibu, I Wanna Moka kohvist peatada, Novelty Hilli maitsta veini ning purple kohvikus ja veinibaaris juustu nautida. Algus- ja lõpp -punkt on mõlemad kosmopoliitsed linnad, samal ajal kui teed nende vahel on idüllilised ja vaiksed. (Foto viisakalt Flickrist/nathansnostalgia)


4 suurepärast kevadist teekonda - retseptid

Mud Wash Narrows on sügav kitsas kanjon, kus Mud Wash lõikas läbi fanglomeraatkivimid (loopealsetest lehvikruusadest koosnev konglomeraatkivim). Kanjon on sügav ja käänuline ning matka kõige huvitavam on esimene 0,8 miili. Vesi ja aeg on purustanud kanjoni seinad graatsilisteks kõverateks ja väljamõeldud kujuks.

See 2-3/4-miiline sisse- ja väljamatk algab Narrows Road Northi lõpus ja kuigi matkajad saavad sinna sõita, võib olla lihtsam ja kindlasti huvitavam alustada matka Muda lõpus Pesutee. Seda tehes kõnnivad matkajad läbi Red Bluffi allikaala, seejärel jätkavad kitsaste alade kaudu, lisades matkale 1-1/2 miili (edasi-tagasi) lihtsat kõndimist.

See matk järgib Grand Gulchi rada, vaguniteed, mis sai kuulsaks umbes 1900. aastal, kui meeskonnatöötajad, kasutades 8–12-muuliseid kaubavaguneid, vedasid vasemaaki Arizonas asuvast Grand Gulchi kaevandusest St Thomase raudteeni. Need kitsad olid reisi kõige raskem osa.

Muud kui tavalised hoiatused kõrbes matkamise kohta ,. see on üsna turvaline matk, kuid ärge minge kitsastesse kohtadesse, kui idas äike ähvardab äkilisi üleujutusi põhjustada. Meeskonnad kaotasid siin lennuväljade tõttu vaguneid, maaki ja mulke - ärge nendega liituge!

Olge märgade liivaste kingadega siledatel kividel ettevaatlik. Red Bluffi allikat nimetati varem "mõruks kevadeks" ja meeskonnatöötajad pidasid seda heaks lahtistavaks aineks, nii et olge valmis, kui otsustate vett juua.

See on metsik ja kauge riik ilma igasuguste teenusteta (tualetid, vesi, gaas, toit). Tooge ellujäämiseks vajalik. Ole valmis ja ole enesekindel. See on suur koht ja keegi leiab teid lõpuks, kui jääte peateedele, kuid olge valmis üksinda päev või kaks või isegi kauem kõrvalteedel ellu jääma.

Matkamise ajal austage palun maad ja teisi inimesi ning proovige oma läbipääsust jälgi jätta. Kuigi see matk on lühike, on see piirkond kaugel, nii et võtke kindlasti kaasa 10 esmatarbekauba. Mobiiltelefonid siin ei tööta.

Rajapeale jõudmine

Mud Wash Narrows asub Gold Butte'i rahvusmälestises Meadi järve kirdeosas, umbes 3-1/2 tundi Las Vegasest kirdes, metsikus, kauges ja maalilises piirkonnas.

Pöörake paremale Mud Wash North Roadile ja sõitke edelasse ja allavoolu 3,2 miili Mud Wash Roadile. Jääge paremale ja sulanduge Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu.

Mudapesus on kaks valikut. Lihtsaim marsruut on jätkata Mud Washi, kuid jalutuskäik on pikem. Keerulisem marsruut lõikub Mud Washist välja ja kasutab Narrows Road Northi lõppu sõitmiseks mitmeid teid, kuid jalutuskäik on lühem.

Lühike ja lihtne sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu 5,1 miili Mud Wash Road'i lõpuni. Lõpu tunneb ära märgistatud ristmikuga Red Bluff Spring Roadiga, mis pöörab vasakule ja ronib Mud Washist välja (tegelikult muutub nimi siin lihtsalt see on sama tee). Parkige enne pööret pesemisse, mis on vaid mõne jardi kaugusel okastraataiast, mis on mõeldud selleks, et hoida sõidukeid ja kariloomi pesu jätkamast ja Red Bluff Spring'i kaldataimestikku tallata. Sealt jalutage mööda pesu kuni Narrows trailheadini.

Pikem ja keerulisem sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile vaid 1,3 miili, mille järel hargneb Mud Wash Cutoff Road vasakule ja kulgeb lõunasse külgkanjonisse. Külgkanjonist välja ronides kulgeb tee 1,9 miili lääne pool ja ühendub Red Bluff Spring Roadiga. Pöörates vasakule Red Bluff Spring Roadile ja sõites lõuna poole 0,1 miili, hargneb Gold Butte Wash Road kõvasti paremale. Gold Butte Wash Road kulgeb loode suunas 2,3 miili kuni Mud Washini. Pöörates vasakule Mud Washi, järgivad autojuhid nüüd Narrows Road Northi mõne meetri kaugusel teeotsast allapoole. Pange tähele, et otse Narrows Road Northi kaudu teerajale sõitmine ei ole parem viis sinna jõudmiseks.

Raja algusest (tabel 1, teekonnapunkt 01) järgneb marsruut Mud Washile allavoolu mööda märki, mis teatab Meadi järve riikliku puhkeala piirist.

Varsti kõverdub pesu paremale ja siseneb kitsendusse (Wpt. 02). Alguses on madal, kitseneb aina sügavamale.

Kanjoni nikerdatud seinad näitavad nende päritolu ja järgnevaid muutusi. Kohati on fanglomeraadi kruusad järjepidevad ja ühtlased, kuid teistes saavad matkajad näha erinevaid munakivide kihte. Kihid on erinevad, kuna need kujutavad endast erinevaid üleujutusi, mis panid kruusad maha enne nende tahkumist ja pesu lõikasid neist läbi, moodustades kanjoni.

Mõnes kohas saavad matkajad kanjoni seintes näha erosiooni ja täitumise ajalugu. Ilmselt kanjoni lõikamise ajaloo jooksul lõigati külgmised kanalid ja täideti need uuesti värskete kruusadega, mis on hiljem oma kohale tsementeerunud.

Kanjoni seinad on samuti vertikaalselt purunenud, nii et mõlemal pool kanjonit on näha pragusid. Mõne neist luumurdudest imbus pragudesse kaltsiit (lahustunud lubjakivi) ja tahkus prao servi mööda. Tegelikult on need koopamoodustised, kuid väga kitsas koobas.

Teistes kohtades erodeerisid kanjoni seinad eri suuruse ja kujuga koopaid ja taskuid. Suur -sarvkullid ja harilikud rongad on asunud elama mõnedesse kõrgematesse aukudesse ja aedikutesse ning sageli võtavad alumised augud koletisnägusid, paarisilmade ja kalju alt ilmuvate irvitavate naeratustega.

Allavoolu matkates avanevad lõpuks kitsad ja kanjoni seinad hakkavad tagasi lamama (Wpt. 03). Matkajad võivad ronida pesulast kuni Meadi järve Overton Armini (kus järve tase on nii madal, praegu Virgin River), kuid mingil hetkel (nt Wpt. 04) on mõttekas ümber pöörata ja tagasi minna, sest Virgin Riverini on veel rohkem kui 3 miili.

Sama marsruuti tagasi matkates saavad külastajad kogeda kitsendusi täiesti erineval viisil, erinevate vaatenurkade, erineva valgustuse ja erinevate nurkadega. Ärge jätke sisse-välja matka eeliseid alla.

Mudapesu taastamine Red Bluff Spring'i kaudu

Tabel 1. Maanteede koordinaadid GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla maantee GPS -i teekonnapunktide (gpx) fail.

Sait Asukoht UTM Easting Põhja -UTM Laiuskraadid (N) Pikkuskraadid (W) Kõrgus (ft)
1635 Kitsas tee põhja pool Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd kohas Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Tabel 2. Matka koordinaadid ja vahemaad GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla matkamise GPS -i teekonnapunktide (*.gpx) fail.

Head matkamist! Kõik vahemaad, tõusud ja muud faktid on ligikaudsed.
Viimati uuendatud 170921


4 suurepärast kevadist teekonda - retseptid

Mud Wash Narrows on sügav kitsas kanjon, kus Mud Wash lõikas läbi fanglomeraatkivimid (loopealsetest lehvikruusadest koosnev konglomeraatkivim). Kanjon on sügav ja käänuline ning matka kõige huvitavam on esimene 0,8 miili. Vesi ja aeg on purustanud kanjoni seinad graatsilisteks kõverateks ja väljamõeldud kujuks.

See 2-3/4-miiline sisse- ja väljamatk algab Narrows Road Northi lõpus ja kuigi matkajad saavad sinna sõita, võib olla lihtsam ja kindlasti huvitavam alustada matka Muda lõpus Pesutee. Seda tehes kõnnivad matkajad läbi Red Bluffi allikaala, seejärel jätkavad kitsaste alade kaudu, lisades matkale 1-1/2 miili (edasi-tagasi) lihtsat kõndimist.

See matk järgib Grand Gulchi rada, vaguniteed, mis sai kuulsaks umbes 1900. aastal, kui võistlejad, kasutades 8–12-muuliseid kaubavaguneid, vedasid vasemaaki Arizonas asuvast Grand Gulchi kaevandusest St Thomase raudteeni. Need kitsad olid reisi kõige raskem osa.

Muud kui tavalised hoiatused kõrbes matkamise kohta ,. see on üsna ohutu matk, kuid ärge minge kitsastesse kohtadesse, kui idas äike ähvardab äkilisi üleujutusi põhjustada. Meeskonnad kaotasid siin lennuväljade tõttu vaguneid, maaki ja mulke - ärge nendega liituge!

Olge märgade liivaste kingadega siledatel kividel ettevaatlik. Red Bluffi allikat nimetati varem "mõruks kevadeks" ja meeskonnatöötajad pidasid seda heaks lahtistavaks aineks, nii et olge valmis, kui otsustate vett juua.

See on metsik ja kauge riik ilma igasuguste teenusteta (tualetid, vesi, gaas, toit). Tooge ellujäämiseks vajalik. Ole valmis ja ole enesekindel. See on suur koht ja keegi leiab teid lõpuks, kui jääte peateedele, kuid olge valmis üksinda päev või kaks või isegi kauem kõrvalteedel ellu jääma.

Matkamise ajal austage palun maad ja teisi inimesi ning proovige oma läbipääsust jälgi jätta. Kuigi see matk on lühike, on see piirkond kaugel, nii et võtke kindlasti kaasa 10 esmatarbekauba. Mobiiltelefonid siin ei tööta.

Rajapeale jõudmine

Mud Wash Narrows asub Gold Butte'i rahvusmälestises Meadi järve kirdeosas, umbes 3-1/2 tundi Las Vegasest kirdes, metsikus, kauges ja maalilises piirkonnas.

Pöörake paremale Mud Wash North Roadile ja sõitke edelasse ja allavoolu 3,2 miili Mud Wash Roadile. Jääge paremale ja sulanduge Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu.

Mudapesus on kaks valikut. Lihtsaim marsruut on jätkata Mud Washi, kuid jalutuskäik on pikem. Keerulisem marsruut lõikub Mud Washist välja ja kasutab Narrows Road Northi lõppu sõitmiseks mitmeid teid, kuid jalutuskäik on lühem.

Lühike ja lihtne sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu 5,1 miili Mud Wash Road'i lõpuni. Lõpu tunneb ära märgistatud ristmikuga Red Bluff Spring Roadiga, mis pöörab vasakule ja ronib Mud Washist välja (tegelikult muutub nimi siin lihtsalt see on sama tee). Parkige enne pööret pesemisse, mis on vaid mõne jardi kaugusel okastraataiast, mis on mõeldud selleks, et hoida sõidukeid ja kariloomi pesu jätkamast ja Red Bluff Spring'i kaldataimestikku tallata. Sealt jalutage mööda pesu kuni Narrows trailheadini.

Pikem ja keerulisem sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile vaid 1,3 miili, mille järel hargneb Mud Wash Cutoff Road vasakule ja kulgeb lõunasse külgkanjonisse. Külgkanjonist välja ronides kulgeb tee 1,9 miili lääne pool ja ühendub Red Bluff Spring Roadiga. Pöörates vasakule Red Bluff Spring Roadile ja sõites lõuna poole 0,1 miili, hargneb Gold Butte Wash Road kõvasti paremale. Gold Butte Wash Road kulgeb loode suunas 2,3 miili kuni Mud Washini. Pöörates vasakule Mud Washi, järgivad autojuhid nüüd Narrows Road Northi mõne meetri kaugusel teeotsast allapoole. Pange tähele, et otse Narrows Road Northi kaudu teerajale sõitmine ei ole parem viis sinna jõudmiseks.

Raja algusest (tabel 1, teekonnapunkt 01) järgneb marsruut Mud Washile allavoolu mööda märki, mis teatab Meadi järve riikliku puhkeala piirist.

Varsti kõverdub pesu paremale ja siseneb kitsendusse (Wpt. 02). Alguses on madal, kitseneb aina sügavamale.

Kanjoni nikerdatud seinad näitavad nende päritolu ja järgnevaid muutusi. Kohati on fanglomeraadi kruusad järjepidevad ja ühtlased, kuid teistes saavad matkajad näha erinevaid munakivide kihte. Kihid on erinevad, kuna need kujutavad endast erinevaid üleujutusi, mis panid kruusad maha enne nende tahkumist ja pesu lõikasid neist läbi, moodustades kanjoni.

Mõnes kohas saavad matkajad kanjoni seintes näha erosiooni ja täitumise ajalugu. Ilmselt kanjoni lõikamise ajaloo jooksul lõigati külgmised kanalid ja täideti need uuesti värskete kruusadega, mis on hiljem oma kohale tsementeerunud.

Kanjoni seinad on samuti vertikaalselt purunenud, nii et mõlemal pool kanjonit on näha pragusid. Mõne neist luumurdudest imbus pragudesse kaltsiit (lahustunud lubjakivi) ja tahkus prao servi mööda. Tegelikult on need koopamoodustised, kuid väga kitsas koobas.

Teistes kohtades erodeerisid kanjoni seinad eri suuruse ja kujuga koopaid ja taskuid. Suur -sarvkullid ja harilikud rongad on asunud elama mõnedesse kõrgematesse aukudesse ja aedikutesse ning sageli võtavad alumised augud koletisnägusid, paarisilmade ja kalju alt ilmuvate irvitavate naeratustega.

Allavoolu matkates avanevad lõpuks kitsad ja kanjoni seinad hakkavad tagasi lamama (Wpt. 03). Matkajad võivad ronida pesulast kuni Meadi järve Overton Armini (kus järve tase on nii madal, praegu Virgin River), kuid mingil hetkel (nt Wpt. 04) on mõttekas ümber pöörata ja tagasi minna, sest Virgin Riverini on veel rohkem kui 3 miili.

Sama marsruuti tagasi matkates saavad külastajad kogeda kitsendusi täiesti erineval viisil, erinevate vaatenurkade, erineva valgustuse ja erinevate nurkadega. Ärge jätke sisse-välja matka eeliseid alla.

Mudapesu taastamine Red Bluff Spring'i kaudu

Tabel 1. Maanteede koordinaadid GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla maantee GPS -i teekonnapunktide (gpx) fail.

Sait Asukoht UTM Easting Põhja -UTM Laiuskraadid (N) Pikkuskraadid (W) Kõrgus (ft)
1635 Kitsas tee põhja pool Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd kohas Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Tabel 2. Matka koordinaadid ja vahemaad GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla matkamise GPS -i teekonnapunktide (*.gpx) fail.

Head matkamist! Kõik vahemaad, tõusud ja muud faktid on ligikaudsed.
Viimati uuendatud 170921


4 suurepärast kevadist teekonda - retseptid

Mud Wash Narrows on sügav kitsas kanjon, kus Mud Wash lõikas läbi fanglomeraatkivimid (loopealsetest lehvikruusadest koosnev konglomeraatkivim). Kanjon on sügav ja käänuline ning matka kõige huvitavam on esimesed 0,8 miili. Vesi ja aeg on purustanud kanjoni seinad graatsilisteks kõverateks ja väljamõeldud kujuks.

See 2-3/4-miiline sisse- ja väljaminek algab Narrows Road Northi lõpus ja kuigi matkajad saavad sinna sõita, võib olla lihtsam ja kindlasti huvitavam alustada matka Muda lõpus Pesutee. Seda tehes kõnnivad matkajad läbi Red Bluffi allikaala, seejärel jätkavad kitsaste alade kaudu, lisades matkale 1-1/2 miili (edasi-tagasi) hõlpsat kõndimist.

See matk järgib Grand Gulchi rada, vaguniteed, mis sai kuulsaks umbes 1900. aastal, kui meeskonnatöötajad, kasutades 8–12-muuliseid kaubavaguneid, vedasid vasemaaki Arizonas asuvast Grand Gulchi kaevandusest St Thomase raudteeni. Need kitsad olid reisi kõige raskem osa.

Muud kui tavalised hoiatused kõrbes matkamise kohta ,. see on üsna turvaline matk, kuid ärge minge kitsastesse kohtadesse, kui idas äike ähvardab äkilisi üleujutusi põhjustada. Meeskonnad kaotasid siin lennuväljade tõttu vaguneid, maaki ja mulke - ärge nendega liituge!

Olge märgade liivaste kingadega siledatel kividel ettevaatlik. Red Bluffi allikat nimetati varem "mõruks kevadeks" ja meeskonnatöötajad pidasid seda heaks lahtistavaks aineks, nii et olge valmis, kui otsustate vett juua.

See on metsik ja kauge riik ilma igasuguste teenusteta (tualetid, vesi, gaas, toit). Tooge ellujäämiseks vajalik. Ole valmis ja ole enesekindel. See on suur koht ja keegi leiab teid lõpuks, kui jääte peateedele, kuid olge valmis üksinda päev või kaks või isegi kauem kõrvalteedel ellu jääma.

Matkamise ajal austage palun maad ja teisi inimesi ning proovige oma läbipääsust jälgi jätta. Kuigi see matk on lühike, on see piirkond kaugel, nii et võtke kindlasti kaasa 10 esmatarbekauba. Mobiiltelefonid siin ei tööta.

Rajapeale jõudmine

Mud Wash Narrows asub Gold Butte'i rahvusmälestises Meadi järve kirdeosas, umbes 3-1/2 tundi Las Vegasest kirdes, metsikus, kauges ja maalilises piirkonnas.

Pöörake paremale Mud Wash North Roadile ja sõitke edelasse ja allavoolu 3,2 miili Mud Wash Roadile. Jääge paremale ja sulanduge Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu.

Mudapesus on kaks valikut. Lihtsaim marsruut on jätkata Mud Washi, kuid jalutuskäik on pikem. Keerulisem marsruut lõikub Mud Washist välja ja kasutab Narrows Road Northi lõppu sõitmiseks mitmeid teid, kuid jalutuskäik on lühem.

Lühike ja lihtne sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu 5,1 miili Mud Wash Road'i lõpuni. Lõpu tunneb ära märgistatud ristmikuga Red Bluff Spring Roadiga, mis pöörab vasakule ja ronib Mud Washist välja (tegelikult muutub nimi siin lihtsalt see on sama tee). Parkige enne pööret pesumajja, mis asub okastraataiast vaid mõne meetri kaugusel ülesvoolu, mis on mõeldud selleks, et hoida sõidukeid ja kariloomi pesu jätkamast ja Red Bluff Spring'i kaldataimestikku tallata. Sealt jalutage mööda pesu kuni Narrows rada.

Pikem ja keerulisem sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile vaid 1,3 miili, mille järel hargneb Mud Wash Cutoff Road vasakule ja kulgeb lõunasse külgkanjonisse. Külgkanjonist välja ronides kulgeb tee 1,9 miili lääne pool ja ühendub Red Bluff Spring Roadiga. Pöörates vasakule Red Bluff Spring Roadile ja sõites lõuna poole 0,1 miili, hargneb Gold Butte Wash Road kõvasti paremale. Gold Butte Wash Road kulgeb loode suunas 2,3 miili kuni Mud Washini. Pöörates vasakule Mud Washi, järgivad autojuhid nüüd Narrows Road Northi mõne meetri kaugusel teeotsast allapoole. Pange tähele, et otse Narrows Road Northi kaudu teerajale sõitmine ei ole parem viis sinna jõudmiseks.

Raja algusest (tabel 1, teekonnapunkt 01) järgneb marsruut Mud Washile allavoolu mööda märki, mis teatab Meadi järve riikliku puhkeala piirist.

Varsti kõverdub pesu paremale ja siseneb kitsendusse (Wpt. 02). Alguses on madal, kitseneb aina sügavamale.

Kanjoni nikerdatud seinad näitavad nende päritolu ja järgnevaid muutusi. Kohati on fanglomeraadi kruusad järjepidevad ja ühtlased, kuid teistes saavad matkajad näha erinevaid munakivide kihte. Kihid on erinevad, kuna need kujutavad endast erinevaid üleujutusi, mis panid kruusad maha enne nende tahkumist ja pesu lõikasid neist läbi, moodustades kanjoni.

Mõnes kohas saavad matkajad kanjoni seintes näha erosiooni ja täitumise ajalugu. Ilmselt kanjoni lõikamise ajaloo jooksul lõigati külgmised kanalid ja täideti need uuesti värskete kruusadega, mis on hiljem oma kohale tsementeerunud.

Kanjoni seinad on samuti vertikaalselt purunenud, nii et mõlemal pool kanjonit on näha pragusid. Mõne neist luumurdudest imbus pragudesse kaltsiit (lahustunud lubjakivi) ja tahkus prao servi mööda. Tegelikult on need koopamoodustised, kuid väga kitsas koobas.

Teistes kohtades erodeerisid kanjoni seinad eri suuruse ja kujuga koopaid ja taskuid. Suur -sarvkullid ja harilikud rongad on asunud elama mõnedesse kõrgematesse aukudesse ja ahtritesse ning sageli võtavad madalamad augud koletisnägusid, paarisilmade ja kalju alt ilmuvate irvitavate naeratustega.

Allavoolu matkates avanevad lõpuks kitsad ja kanjoni seinad hakkavad tagasi lamama (Wpt. 03). Matkajad võivad ronida pesulast kuni Meadi järve Overton Armini (kus järve tase on nii madal, praegu Virgin River), kuid mingil hetkel (nt Wpt. 04) on mõttekas ümber pöörata ja tagasi minna, sest Virgin Riverini on veel rohkem kui 3 miili.

Sama marsruuti tagasi matkates saavad külastajad kogeda kitsendusi täiesti erineval viisil, erinevate vaatenurkade, erineva valgustuse ja erinevate nurkadega. Ärge jätke sisse-välja matka eeliseid alla.

Mudapesu taastamine Red Bluff Spring'i kaudu

Tabel 1. Maanteede koordinaadid GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla maantee GPS -i teekonnapunktide (gpx) fail.

Sait Asukoht UTM Easting Põhja -UTM Laiuskraadid (N) Pikkuskraadid (W) Kõrgus (ft)
1635 Kitsas tee põhja pool Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd kohas Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Tabel 2. Matka koordinaadid ja vahemaad GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla matkamise GPS -i teekonnapunktide (*.gpx) fail.

Head matkamist! Kõik vahemaad, tõusud ja muud faktid on ligikaudsed.
Viimati uuendatud 170921


4 suurepärast kevadist teekonda - retseptid

Mud Wash Narrows on sügav kitsas kanjon, kus Mud Wash lõikas läbi fanglomeraatkivimid (loopealsetest lehvikruusadest koosnev konglomeraatkivim). Kanjon on sügav ja käänuline ning matka kõige huvitavam on esimesed 0,8 miili. Vesi ja aeg on purustanud kanjoni seinad graatsilisteks kõverateks ja väljamõeldud kujuks.

See 2-3/4-miiline sisse- ja väljaminek algab Narrows Road Northi lõpus ja kuigi matkajad saavad sinna sõita, võib olla lihtsam ja kindlasti huvitavam alustada matka Muda lõpus Pesutee. Seda tehes kõnnivad matkajad läbi Red Bluffi allikaala, seejärel jätkavad kitsaste alade kaudu, lisades matkale 1-1/2 miili (edasi-tagasi) lihtsat kõndimist.

See matk järgib Grand Gulchi rada, vaguniteed, mis sai kuulsaks umbes 1900. aastal, kui meeskonnatöötajad, kasutades 8–12-muuliseid kaubavaguneid, vedasid vasemaaki Arizonas asuvast Grand Gulchi kaevandusest St Thomase raudteeni. Need kitsad olid reisi kõige raskem osa.

Muud kui tavalised hoiatused kõrbes matkamise kohta ,. see on üsna turvaline matk, kuid ärge minge kitsastesse kohtadesse, kui idas äike ähvardab äkilisi üleujutusi põhjustada. Meeskonnad kaotasid siin lennuväljade tõttu vaguneid, maaki ja mulke - ärge nendega liituge!

Olge märgade liivaste kingadega siledatel kividel ettevaatlik. Red Bluffi allikat nimetati varem "mõruks kevadeks" ja meeskonnatöötajad pidasid seda heaks lahtistavaks aineks, nii et olge valmis, kui otsustate vett juua.

See on metsik ja kauge riik ilma igasuguste teenusteta (tualetid, vesi, gaas, toit). Tooge ellujäämiseks vajalik. Ole valmis ja ole enesekindel. See on suur koht ja keegi leiab teid lõpuks, kui jääte peateedele, kuid olge valmis üksinda päev või kaks või isegi kauem kõrvalteedel ellu jääma.

Matkamise ajal austage palun maad ja teisi inimesi ning proovige oma läbipääsust jälgi jätta. Kuigi see matk on lühike, on see piirkond kaugel, nii et võtke kindlasti kaasa 10 esmatarbekauba. Mobiiltelefonid siin ei tööta.

Rajapeale jõudmine

Mud Wash Narrows asub Gold Butte'i rahvusmälestises Meadi järve kirdeosas, umbes 3-1/2 tundi Las Vegasest kirdes, metsikus, kauges ja maalilises piirkonnas.

Pöörake paremale Mud Wash North Roadile ja sõitke edelasse ja allavoolu 3,2 miili Mud Wash Roadile. Jääge paremale ja sulanduge Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu.

Mudapesus on kaks valikut. Lihtsaim marsruut on jätkata Mud Washi, kuid jalutuskäik on pikem. Keerulisem marsruut lõikab Mud Washist välja ja kasutab Narrows Road Northi lõppu sõitmiseks mitmeid teid, kuid jalutuskäik on lühem.

Lühike ja lihtne sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile, jätkates allavoolu 5,1 miili Mud Wash Road'i lõpuni. Lõpu tunneb ära märgistatud ristmikuga Red Bluff Spring Roadiga, mis pöörab vasakule ja ronib Mud Washist välja (tegelikult muutub nimi siin lihtsalt see on sama tee). Parkige enne pööret pesemisse, mis on vaid mõne jardi kaugusel okastraataiast, mis on mõeldud selleks, et hoida sõidukeid ja kariloomi pesu jätkamast ja Red Bluff Spring'i kaldataimestikku tallata. Sealt jalutage mööda pesu kuni Narrows rada.

Pikem ja keerulisem sõit on jääda Mud Wash Roadile vaid 1,3 miili, mille järel hargneb Mud Wash Cutoff Road vasakule ja kulgeb lõunasse külgkanjonisse. Külgkanjonist välja ronides kulgeb tee 1,9 miili lääne pool ja ühendub Red Bluff Spring Roadiga. Pöörates vasakule Red Bluff Spring Roadile ja sõites lõuna poole 0,1 miili, hargneb Gold Butte Wash Road kõvasti paremale. Gold Butte Wash Road kulgeb loode suunas 2,3 miili kuni Mud Washini. Pöörates vasakule Mud Washi, järgivad autojuhid nüüd Narrows Road Northi mõne meetri kaugusel teeotsast allapoole. Pange tähele, et otse Narrows Road Northi kaudu teerajale sõitmine ei ole parem viis sinna jõudmiseks.

Raja algusest (tabel 1, teekonnapunkt 01) järgneb marsruut Mud Washile allavoolu mööda märki, mis teatab Meadi järve riikliku puhkeala piirist.

Varsti kõverdub pesu paremale ja siseneb kitsendusse (Wpt. 02). Alguses on madal, kitseneb aina sügavamale.

Kanjoni nikerdatud seinad näitavad nende päritolu ja järgnevaid muutusi. Kohati on fanglomeraadi kruusad järjepidevad ja ühtlased, kuid teistes saavad matkajad näha erinevaid munakivide kihte. Kihid on erinevad, kuna need kujutavad endast erinevaid üleujutusi, mis panid kruusad maha enne nende tahkumist ja pesu lõikasid neist läbi, moodustades kanjoni.

Mõnes kohas saavad matkajad kanjoni seintes näha erosiooni ja täitumise ajalugu. Ilmselt kanjoni lõikamise ajaloo jooksul lõigati külgmised kanalid ja täideti need uuesti värskete kruusadega, mis on hiljem oma kohale tsementeerunud.

Kanjoni seinad on samuti vertikaalselt purunenud, nii et mõlemal pool kanjonit on näha pragusid. Mõne neist luumurdudest imbus pragudesse kaltsiit (lahustunud lubjakivi) ja tahkus prao servi mööda. Tegelikult on need koopamoodustised, kuid väga kitsas koobas.

Teistes kohtades erodeerisid kanjoni seinad eri suuruse ja kujuga koopaid ja taskuid. Suur -sarvkullid ja harilikud rongad on asunud elama mõnedesse kõrgematesse aukudesse ja aedikutesse ning sageli võtavad alumised augud koletisnägusid, paarisilmade ja kalju alt ilmuvate irvitavate naeratustega.

Allavoolu matkates avanevad lõpuks kitsad ja kanjoni seinad hakkavad tagasi lamama (Wpt. 03). Matkajad võivad ronida pesulast alla kuni Meadi järve Overton Armini (kus järve tase on nii madal, praegu Virgin River), kuid mingil hetkel (nt Wpt. 04) on mõttekas ümber pöörata ja tagasi minna, sest Virgin Riverini on veel rohkem kui 3 miili.

Sama marsruuti tagasi matkates saavad külastajad kogeda kitsendusi täiesti erineval viisil, erinevate vaatenurkade, erineva valgustuse ja erinevate nurkadega. Ärge jätke sisse-välja matka eeliseid alla.

Mudapesu taastamine Red Bluff Spring'i kaudu

Tabel 1. Maanteede koordinaadid GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla maantee GPS -i teekonnapunktide (gpx) fail.

Sait Asukoht UTM Easting Põhja -UTM Laiuskraadid (N) Pikkuskraadid (W) Kõrgus (ft)
1635 Kitsas tee põhja pool Narrows Trailhead 745462 4038279 36.46019 114.26088 1,556
1685 Mud Wash Rd kohas Red Bluff Spring Rd 746356 4038603 36.46288 114.25081 1,653

Tabel 2. Matka koordinaadid ja vahemaad GPS -andmete põhjal (NAD27 UTM Zone 11S). Laadige alla matkamise GPS -i teekonnapunktide (*.gpx) fail.

Head matkamist! Kõik vahemaad, tõusud ja muud faktid on ligikaudsed.
Viimati uuendatud 170921


4 suurepärast kevadist teekonda - retseptid

Mud Wash Narrows on sügav kitsas kanjon, kus Mud Wash lõikas läbi fanglomeraatkivimid (loopealsetest lehvikruusadest koosnev konglomeraatkivim). Kanjon on sügav ja käänuline ning matka kõige huvitavam on esimene 0,8 miili. Vesi ja aeg on purustanud kanjoni seinad graatsilisteks kõverateks ja väljamõeldud kujuks.

See 2-3/4-miiline sisse- ja väljaminek algab Narrows Road Northi lõpus ja kuigi matkajad saavad sinna sõita, võib olla lihtsam ja kindlasti huvitavam alustada matka Muda lõpus Pesutee. Seda tehes kõnnivad matkajad läbi Red Bluffi allikaala, seejärel jätkavad kitsaste alade kaudu, lisades matkale 1-1/2 miili (edasi-tagasi) lihtsat kõndimist.

See matk järgib Grand Gulchi rada, vaguniteed, mis sai kuulsaks umbes 1900. aastal, kui võistlejad, kasutades 8–12-muuliseid kaubavaguneid, vedasid vasemaaki Arizonas asuvast Grand Gulchi kaevandusest St Thomase raudteeni. Need kitsad olid reisi kõige raskem osa.

Muud kui tavalised hoiatused kõrbes matkamise kohta ,. see on üsna ohutu matk, kuid ärge minge kitsastesse kohtadesse, kui idas äike ähvardab äkilisi üleujutusi põhjustada. Meeskonnad kaotasid siin lennuväljade tõttu vaguneid, maaki ja mulke - ärge nendega liituge!

Olge märgade liivaste kingadega siledatel kividel ettevaatlik. Red Bluffi allikat nimetati varem "mõruks kevadeks" ja meeskonnatöötajad pidasid seda heaks lahtistavaks aineks, nii et olge valmis, kui otsustate vett juua.

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.

Sait Asukoht 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.

Sait Asukoht 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.

Sait Asukoht 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.

Sait Asukoht 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.

Sait Asukoht 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.

Sait Asukoht 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