picture rock and petroglyph site

My next stop was 177 miles down I-10 to I-8 to about 12 miles west of Gila Bend.  After getting off the interstate I drove about 12 miles to the campground.  This is a BLM campground with no facilities.  They did have nice big campsites with a large table.  I was only staying for one night and then on to the rally in Yuma.

Be sure to click and then click again to enlarge all photos.

Once I got settled into my campsite I decided to take a walk over to the petroglyphs.  These were quite different then any I had previously seen.  The ones I have seen in the past were on walls.  These petroglyphs were painted on individual rocks.

The rocks were spread over a very large area and many piled up on top of each other.

They even had a rock here and there that had been carved on by some people at the turn of the century.  I guess to let everyone know they had been through this area.   No brains, no headaches.

It was a big open plain where I was camped and the sunset was spectacular as you can see.

The campground host came by to invite me to a “Pancake and Sausage” breakfast.  The campground sites were $8 but I only had to pay $4 with my “geezer card”.  Not bad especially with a breakfast to boot.

valley of fire, NV

After Death Valley I drove to Pahrump, NV where it was snowing.  Where did all the sunshine go?  The next stop was Valley of Fire, NV just northeast of Las Vegas.  It wasn’t snowing but was a bit chilly.

We got there late and it was beginning to get dark but Rodger and I were able to find two campsites next to each other.  The campsites were among these beautiful red rocks.  This is the type of rock all around us.

The next morning we started by checking out the petroglyphs.  They were high up on the rocks so they built a huge staircase leading up to them.

Unfortunately I misplaced my camera which had all the really good shots of the area.  But I was able to use my new Droid Incredible to get these shots.  Not bad really, but am very disappointed about losing my camera.  I have torn my rig apart looking for it but to no avail.

This rock formation was the “Beehive”.  Looks just like one.

This was called the elephant.

We only spent 2 days in Vally of Fire but had to get on our way to Parker where we were meeting up with the Escapee Chapter 21 group out of Benson, AZ. for their rally in Parker, AZ.