There aren’t a lot of formal hiking trails in the Lake Mead NRA, but opportunities abound everywhere for just taking off down a jeep road or walking along a wash. John and Susan had already done some hikes in the area, so we wanted to go somewhere new to them, and I found out about the Anniversary Narrows from Watson’s Wander blog. Unfortunately we just missed them, as they left Government Wash the day we arrived.
We love hiking in slot canyons, and although this one is short it didn’t disappoint. For a longer hike we opted to park off Northshore Road at milepost 16 and just walk along Callville Wash Road rather than drive and park closer to the narrows. The road washed out in 2011 but has been repaired for access to the active Anniversary Mine nearby, so could now be driven by any vehicle.
Sights along the way.
We only had to do a little bit of rock scrambling.
Susan and John enjoying their first hike in a slot canyon.
After exiting the slot we continued hiking down the wash, wanting to see what was around the next bend.
It was our last warm day and perfect for a hike. We ended up walking over eight miles, but with such great scenery and conversation it seemed much shorter. They tried to talk us into staying at Government Wash longer, but with the highs yesterday only in the 40s we opted to head to an RV park in Wikieup, AZ where we can run our electric heaters and stay warm. It was only 29 outside this morning but a comfortable 65 inside, after yesterday’s 49 degrees inside the rig when I got up. Sorry, we former Floridians just can’t take camping without hookups when it’s that cold and the daylight hours are so short.
We also met Brian and Leigh, of Aluminarium fame, who live and work from their Airstream. Sorry we bailed on happy hour yesterday! It was good talking to you both.
A couple more photos from Government Wash. Jim always lusts after these RVs. They were able to park where no one else dared to go.
And the place was crawling with coyotes roaming around in broad daylight.
Probably looking for Elvis, who stayed cleverly hidden.