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PLEASE READ THE FULL RUN DESCRIPTION: Definitely a good first time beginner's run! This trip is about 22 miles of off road driving. There is NO DESERT PINSTRIPING on this run. THIS RUN IS FOR FIRST TIME OFF-ROADERS, we will cover how to air down and back up, when to go into 4 wheel low/high, how to approach a steep hill climb or descent along with any tools and equipment you will need for future runs. It is recommended you have a CB radio but is not required for this run. If you have been on this run before you will not be automatically allowed on the run. Please message either Darren or Paul if you are not a beginner and want to go on this run, we will waitlist you and move you over if there are spots left a few days prior to the run. We still have other level 1 or 2 runs that you can attend. We want to afford first timers a chance to get a feel for off-roading. Thank you for understanding. Kodachrome and Rainbow Gardens are a formation of very colorful red, tan,blue, green and white rocks and is the oldest stratum of rock in the Horse Spring's Formation deposited over 17 million years ago. Lava Butte is made up of volcanic rock magma deposited there over 13 million years ago. Gypsum has been mined in the area in and around both the Gardens and Lava Butte for many years and Lava Butte had it's fifteen minutes of fame in the James Bond Movie "Diamonds Are Forever". We will be entering the area and going to Kodachrome first, looping around to Lava Butte and then going back out via Rainbow Gardens. Bring plenty of water, snacks, cameras, and any questions you may have!
Afton Canyon has been called the Grand Canyon of the Mojave Desert. This trip will depart from the Afton Canyon Campground at 9:00 AM and head east along the Union Pacific railroad tracks. There will be a couple of river crossings along with a visit to Spooky Cave (bring your flash light and gloves for climbing). At Crucero we will head south to the Mojave Megaphone, Chicken Strip landing strip and end the trip at Ludlow, which is at the southern end of the old Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad. This is a beginner/intermediate trip which will probably require 4wd in Afton Canyon. Plan for water crossings up to 3' and deep sand. Street tires are not recommended. Five gallons of extra gas is recommended. Plan on two hours for the drive from Vegas to the Afton Canyon campground, and plan on getting gas in Baker along the way (another 20-30 minutes). You may also want to consider staying the night prior at a hotel in Yermo/Barstow or the campgrounds at Calico or Afton Canyon. RSVP's are by Jeep, not attendees. As usual, no shows and last minute drop outs may be bumped to waiting lists on future trips; make sure you can attend before signing up.
Paul Kamberis and Darren Henry will lead a day trip on the Bitter Springs Back Country Byway. This run will be a beginner level trail open to all skill levels. The trail is not difficult and can be done with a stock jeep. CB radios and off-road tires are recommended but not required. There is a slight chance of desert pin-stripping. The landscape is stunning with multicolored sandstone formations known as the Buffington Pockets. We will cross tracks from the Old Spanish trail created by Spanish explorers in 1776, and later by settlers and miners heading west. This area has attracted people throughout time due to the springs and water holes. There is plenty of extraordinary views and vistas to be seen along the byway. Wildlife in the area includes wild horses and bighorn sheep. Bring your camera, snacks and plenty of water.