When I moved to Las Vegas a little more than a year ago, I started a project for the sake of my sanity. (I’m not a city girl!) I decided to make the most out of my time in this area by learning about, and exploring The Mojave Desert as much as I could. The Mojave Desert is HUGE, it covers 47,877 square miles, primarily within southeastern California and southern Nevada, but it is still the smallest of the deserts on the North American continent. The Mojave Desert is nestled between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, two of the most frequented tourist capitals in the country. Small areas extend into Utah, and Arizona.
I started to take notes, and my photo library soon took gigantic proportions. It didn’t take me long to find new favorite places. Mostly day trip destinations that I could visit when I had a few hours after work, or a free weekend. I carefully selected my top five areas; Red Rock Canyon, Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Death Valley National Park, and Mojave National Preserve. Each area have several day trip ideas within its boundaries in my guidebook for people visiting Las Vegas, or locals that want ideas and more information before heading out. My book doesn’t aim to cover everything one can do in these areas, but it does give concrete ideas of many amazing day trips, including what to bring, when to go, what to expect, what to avoid, what type of wild life that lives in the area, amenities (or luck thereof,) etc etc. The reader can see high resolution photos of the destination and exact descriptions of how to get there. It answers questions like; If I only have a few hours, where do I go? How do I stay safe while I experience the deserts intense beauty? Can I bring my children? Is it dog friendly? Are there restrooms available? What time of the day should I visit? I want to see wild horses, where can I go?
These Top 5 Destinations are within a 2 hours drive from Las Vegas (Death Valley, and Mojave National preserve, can be further depending on where you go,) and are perfect for a day trip to change the scenery. Or they can be experienced for a weekend, or longer as well. They all have campgrounds. Some are first come first serve, others needs to be reserved months ahead of time, and then there is the alternative of dispersed camping for the more adventurous among us. I do talk more about the different camping alternatives for each place in the book. My colorful guide book will get the reader there well prepared, knowing what to expect. Imagination being the only limit to the experience!
A picture says more than a 1000 words. That’s what makes this guide book The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert stand out. The colorful high-resolution photos of the top five day trip destinations close to Las Vegas, are taken with a full frame camera, to capture the essence of these remarkable places.
I am super excited that this project is coming together. I’ve dedicated thousands of hours exploring, reading about the destinations, taking field notes, taking photos, editing photos, and enjoying these places. The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert is going to be available on Amazon mid November. I am super excited about that!
Lines in Valley of Fire.
This post is part of Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame.
A square window at The Cabins, Valley of Fire State Park.
How is your week so far? We’re having a fabulous week here busy with our homeschooling projects, and preparations for some camping this weekend. I do believe we have some baking on the schedule today. I’m making an experiment with our sourdough starter. I’ve been feeding it hearts of hemp. My theory is that it’s going to make the bread very soft, and more elastic, and perhaps add a slightly nutty taste. I haven’t actually made any bread with it yet, so today will be a first. Something else I’ve been thinking about for a while now is that not would be fun to start a Sourdough Bakery. Some day. (It’s quite possible that the thought was born when I ordered a 50lbs bag of flour from a whole sale dealer last week.) LOL. I believe it would be relatively easy to find an audience for a venture like that.
I hope YOU are having a fabulous week!