The Weekly Smile – Dispersed Camping in Spring Mountains National Recreational Area


My friend Trent shares a Weekly Smile, and encourage others to join, and get the good energy flowing! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things.


My smile this week goes to our camping trip this past weekend. We often visit Spring Mountains National Recreational Area, which includes both our highest peak Mt Charleston, and Cold Creek. This weekend we visited the other side of the mountain, and drove up Wheeler Pass, on the Pahrump side of Spring Mountain. Wheeler pass goes all the way to Cold Creek, and we could of driven over the mountain and out to Cold Creek, if we had a very high clearance vehicle. The Pahrump side is still dirt roads, and rough at times, but nothing compared to the Cold Creek side. We were happy exploring the area we could safely reach.


My daughter and I prefer to camp in the open desert, or on the mountain, due to less insects, and better views, but this time we went for the cool in the forest. The Mojave Desert is still hot. There was 104 F in Las Vegas when we left town on Saturday. The camping spot we choose had a low of 50 at night, so still pretty warm. We opted to only use the inner shell of the tent.


This is my favorite kind of skylight! At night when the moon came out it was so bright in the tent, that you could read a book. We heard coyotes sing at night, and other animals move around in the vicinity.


It was a rather big clearing where we put up our tent. There are several spots for dispersed camping along Wheeler Pass. There’s no conveniences; water, electricity etc, but free use of the land. Due to the drought there’s fire restriction, and we could not build a camp fire.


Yes, the Tooth Fairy have been a frequent visitor lately..

Luckily there’s many ways to make smore’s, and my daughter is very creative when it comes to making smore’s. She actually calls herself The Smore Queen and Expert. LOL.


Before we drove home the next day I managed to get stung by a bee, and had a slight reaction. Nothing like the wasp incident last year luckily. I’m very thankful for that.


On the way down the mountain we made a stop at the Charcoal Kilns. They were used for a nearby Gold Mine, up until 1910. I’ve been to Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park in northern Nevada, and knew before hand that the ones at Wheeler Pass wasn’t as well preserved, but it was still worth stopping to experience our local history.


As we made our way down the mountain, and the road started to smooth out a little, I thought this maybe you would like to see a short video of what our desert look like? If you look closely, there’s horse manure from wild horses at the side of the road in some places. We did not see any wild horses, or burros, but you could tell that they passed by early in the morning. Have you ever seen Joshua Trees in real life? They require a very unique climate, and the only place on the planet they exists, is in the Mojave Desert. Enjoy!

Getting out of the city always makes me smile. I literally breath easier. Come on, share some of your smiles!





28 Comments on “The Weekly Smile – Dispersed Camping in Spring Mountains National Recreational Area

  1. Glad you had a great weekend away from the Big City! 🙂 Great moon and stargazing in that tent. ❤
    I love wilderness = no people!
    Really enjoyed the video. The desert is so beautiful. It reminded me of my CA trip last winter. I want to go back!

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  2. Loved the video! What a great smile for this week, and her cute toothless smile is ADORABLE! The views amazing. So happy you got to breath some fresh mountain air. Hope you have a great week!! ♥️😀

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  3. Sounds like a great little get-away. And your tent does have the perfect skylight 😉 A little different from my weekend where I was at sea level and surrounded by water. I hope you have a great week!

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  4. What a perfect tent! Love that trail… we will be back in the desert soon to travel on our back trails.

    Glad you had a wonderful time! Her smile was priceless!

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