Cal-Nev-Ari, NV High 88 Low 55
Monday morning we left Brenda and headed 150 miles further north to Cal-Nev-Ari. This tiny spot in the road is located about 70 miles south of Las Vegas and was originally established as an air landing strip for Camp Ibis, where US Troops were trained in WWII.
There is really nice RV park here for $19.34 per night including taxes. We’re about 25 miles from Laughlin. TV is almost non-existent but I have a good signal on the WIFI.
We spent two nights still recovering from packing up after almost six months of sitting. I also wanted to explore Christmas Tree Pass.
Sidney is soooo ready to start exploring.
Christmas Tree Road connects Highways 95 and 163. It is about 16 miles of a dirt road that needs a high clearance vehicle in many places. The road starts about a mile south on Highway 95 and then ends up in Laughlin where we met Key for lunch. We left about 8:30 and finally arrived at noon with our top speed of 15mph but usually 10 mph or less.
A fabulous scenic drive that starts in the Mohave Desert and ends up in the Lake Mead Recreational Area. Christmas Tree Road and Pass are named for the juniper and pinon pine which grow at the higher elevations.We climbed from 2510 feet to 3918 feet at the top of the pass. We did not see another vehicle until we were about two miles from the end of the road.
Wonderful rock formations.
Jim says this one looks like a frog.
We took over 150 pictures because everywhere we looked the beauty of the land was overwhelming. The views were incredible.
From the desert floor we drove up into the pinons and junipers near the top of the pass. Folks have taken the time to decorate several of the trees at the top.
Of course, we have to have a panty tree.
The east side of the pass is much more rocky and steep.
About two miles from Highway 163 is a sign for Grapevine Canyon. This is the only place along the road that has bathrooms. Very important information.
The drive up through the pass to Grapevine Canyon takes you past Spirit Mountain which is sacred land to the Yuman Indian tribes. They consider this area to be the birthplace of creation and was used for religious ceremonies.
After using the facilities at the trailhead, there is a 1/4 mile hike to the mouth of the canyon and treasures that await you there.
For those of you who are hikers, you can go much further into the canyon looking for even more of these wonderful images.
Looking back from the mouth of the canyon.
We met up with Key in Laughlin for a Mexican lunch and got fuel in Bullhead City. Definitely much cheaper in AZ then in NV. We took the highway back to the girls.
Key and Jim
I picked a fantastic drive for our first adventure of this journey.