Bring your Cameras to this one.......
A Treasure Chest of Beauty located in the Gold Butte Region of Nevada.
We will need high clearance vehicles for this adventure, so those who have one, please let me know.
Everyone must set up who they are riding with. If your driver backs out of this adventure, you will have to find another driver or not go.
I have room for three.
WE WILL LEAVE IRON SKILLET AT 6AM SHARP
Little Finland (aka Hobgoblin's Playground and Devil's Fire) is a fascinating area where wind and water have sculpted red sandstone rock into fantastical shapes that rival the best of other areas in the southwestern deserts. From the trailhead, a short scramble leads into Little Finland, which stretches out for about 0.4 miles to the north. Exploration is easy because the area is fairly level. The farther you go and the more you look, the more you find, but this is more of an elfin wonderland than an area of towering pillars.
Located in a remote portion of the already-remote Gold Butte region of southeastern Nevada (generally south of Mesquite), Little Finland is a challenge to get to, but well worth the effort. The landscape is similar to Valley of Fire State Park, to the west , but the rocks are far more ornate and delicate, like those you might discover in a cave. Many of the rocky outcroppings defy gravity—huge overhangs and cantilevers, projecting fins of rock as large as a kitchen table, but only about an inch thick, and holes and arches everywhere.
Probably the most fascinating thing about this place is the fantasyland of shapes—almost every rock appears to be an animal, face, or mythical creature. Mixed in with the intricate red rock sculptures are fields of virtually white sandstone with sinuous waves, remnants of ancient sand dunes. In other places, the rock is covered with a thin white crust—salt that has crystallized out of groundwater running through the rock.
We will meet at the Iron Skillet and carpool from there, but the directions to the trail are below.
Drive north on I-15 from Las Vegas, exit at #112 (Riverside / Bunkerville), turn right and go 3 miles to cross the Virgin River. Make a right turn at the next road (Gold Butte Road), drive twenty miles on loud bumpy pavement avoiding the free range cows from a nearby dairy farm, and hit the graded dirt road for four more miles. Finally, turn right at the sign that indicates Red Bluff Springs and drive four more miles on a sandy uneven dirt road that requires a high clearance vehicle.
This is a day long adventure, so please come prepared. Bring warm clothing, gloves, hat, water, water, water, a snack or lunch, sturdy boots and most of all bring your camera! Again, we will need a few high clearance vehicles, so as we get closer to the date, I will check to see if we have them.
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