Desert Photography Exploration

Added by Abe Blair

Dark sky's. Remote old homesteads. Vast desert.

The central area of Nevada is a desolate area great for night Milky Way photography and exploring old homesteads. Armed with good GPS maps and tires you can explore the low lands and the mountain tops approaching 10K in elevation.

From Battle Mountain, drive south on Hwy 305 and take your pick of the countless dirt roads to explore. If you have a 4WD vehicle with decent clearance and good tires, you can drive off road to find some serious solitude.

If you need a suggestion to get going, drive up Mt. Lewis, the highest peak in the Shoshone Range. Use this chance to get a sense for your surroundings from 9,678 ft. The road is well made and most vehicles can make it up no problem, but be sure your tires and breaks are in good shape as it is a 4,000 ft climb. The surrounding area is all BLM land so primitive camping is allowed virtually anywhere - just be sure to follow the "Leave No Trace" land use ethics.

Read More

Tags

Camping
Photography
Hiking
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Underrated

There are soooo many cool places to see in Nevada! It's very underrated, so there's a lot you can find just by driving around. I like the stretch on the way to Arizona.

Glorious Sunsets!!

This area of Nevada is unexpectedly, hauntingly beautiful, nearby there are canyons with pine trees, and the area has the most spectacular sunsets I have seen anywhere so far and many people from different areas of the country agree!!

Stay Nearby

Ruby Valley, Nevada

South Ruby Campground

Overview South Ruby Campground is situated above Ruby Lake at the base of the beautiful Ruby Mountains at 6,000 feet in elevation, near the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Ruby Valley, Nevada...

Lamoille, Nevada

Terraces Campground Picnic Area

Overview Terraces Overnight Group Area is a popular location for weddings, church activities, family reunions and company picnics. It is located in scenic Lamoille Canyon, 35 miles southeast of Elk...

Lamoille, Nevada

Powerhouse Group Picnic Area

Overview Powerhouse Group Picnic Area is set in scenic Lamoille Canyon, next to Lamoille Creek, at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Elko, in northeastern Nevada, is just 25 miles away. Visitors enjoy fi...

Lamoille, Nevada

Thomas Canyon

Overview Thomas Canyon Campground is located in the scenic Lamoille Canyon, in northeast Nevada, 30 miles from Elko. Visitors enjoy fishing Lamoille Creek and exploring many local hiking trails.Rec...

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to Granite Peak

    To reach the trail, drive up Hinkey Summit Road from Paradise Valley (the road is pretty rough--make sure your spare tire is inflated). The trailhead is right at the top. You start off by following a road for some time, but eventually the road jus...

    10 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Visit the Shoe Tree of Middlegate

    Normally I wouldn't agree with thousands of shoes hanging from a beautiful tree, but the story behind the Middlegate Shoe Tree is too meaningful not to enjoy. The legendary story states that a young newlywed couple was camping under the tree one n...

  • Camp at Angel Lake in the Ruby Mountains

    Angel Lake is a gem of a campground located just south of Wells, Nevada. Most people drive right by on I-80 on their way through but its definitely worth stopping for. Located at nearly 8500 of elevation the road to get their is windy and twisty w...

  • Catch a Sunset at the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge

    From Fallon, Nevada on US-Hwy 50, head east for 5 miles to NV-116. Turn Left onto NV-116 and take this road for 12 miles until you reach the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge. From the intersection of Stillwater Rd and Hunter Rd, you can head North on Hu...

    1 miles 0 ft gain