Black Rock Desert in the Snow

We knew that visiting the Black Rock Desert, NV area in the winter was a bit crazy, but we didn't expect snow!

Looking for the famous "tufas" near Lovelock, NV:

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Seven Troughs

We spotted some wild burros and an old weathered graveyard, before camping for the night at the Seven Troughs mines. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 40.468, -118.7845 

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Heading west towards Trego and the Black Rock Desert, we passed this sign.

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Trego Hot Springs

Trego Hot Springs, on the east side of the Black Rock Desert, sure was muddy! It was difficult to stand up straight without slipping over sideways. We didn't risk trying to climb down into any of the hot water. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 40.7706, -119.1178 

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Welcome to Nowhere

Stopping for gas just south of the Black Rock Desert, the Empire gas station has a wonderfully honest sign stating, "Welcome to Nowhere." I suspect the strange creature standing on the left was left over from Burning Man. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 40.5736, -119.3368 

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Hardin City

From Empire we passed Gerlach and drove clockwise around the Black Rock Desert playa surface. We went north on Soldier Meadows Road, then crossed to the east at the top end of the playa at Mud Meadows, and headed back south along Hardin City "Road". We spent the night at Hardin City. (Not much remains but some crumbling foundations.) See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 41.1162, -119.0019 

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Some amazing clouds...

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Heading back, we had to retrace our steps, because the playa surface is too muddy to cross in the winter.

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