Tule Springs Fossil Beds

Located just 20min from the Las Vegas Strip is Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. An open area consisting of over 22,000 acres. I went out today to have a look.

Tule Springs is a new National Monument and has no amenities. Parking is along the road and you have to find an entry point in the fencing. There’s also no designated trails, as of this writing, so explore at your own risk.

Bruce and I explored for about an hour, we found only fossilized mountain bike tracks. With more time and a trained eye I’m sure you could find some cool evidence of the prehistoric time. We enjoyed some time outdoors, blue skies, lizard chasing, and a flyby of three military helicopters.

The only sign indicating you are at the correct location
Picture of the fence along the roadside
Hidden entry point
View of the “parking lot”
Bruce standing on top
Where are the dino fossils?
View of the varying terrain
Layers of sediment
This rock looks like it’s peeling
Bruce found an arch
Old 4×4 tracks
Panoramic views!
Something caught my eye as we were walking along
The Midwest has crop circles, the Southwest has rock circles
Proof of aliens, and a rock circle
Crossroads
Fossil of Mtn Bike tracks

Which way to go?

 

From my house to the Furnace Creek campground there are two ways to go. I have traveled both. One of them, the highlighted one, has a very large grade to go up(8%-10%) and the other one is long and lonely.
Trip to Death Valley

In two weeks we will be headed out to Death Valley, in the Passat or my Mother’s Xterra with the travel trailer. I’m not sure I want to tow the trailer up that steep grade. Has anyone gone this way? Do you know how hard this is on the vehicle?

I don’t want to go the long way either. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

David

It all started with a dream

I was taking a nap one Saturday afternoon, dreaming of an epic adventure!

I was on a road trip. Going from National Park to National Park, on one continuous journey. Experiencing all that this beautiful land has to offer. When I woke up, I realized I was back on my couch, in the “real world”.

I knew then, I had to go about planning this trip. Before I forgot about it.