En route to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Eastern Nevada and Utah – En route to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
California Trail Interpretive Center – Elko Nevada
After leaving Winnemucca we drove through the high desert of Nevada to Wendover on our way to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta . On the way, we stopped at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko Nevada – it’s well worth the stop and has easy bus and RV parking. The dogs enjoyed the break and there were some nice trails for them to stretch, sniff and wag.
Pictures of the California Trail Interpretive center (Hit the arrows to scroll):
It’s a typical Nevada border town with casinos galore! We stayed at the Wendover KOA behind a casino. We were very close to an airport and after getting approval to keep it low we took The Eyes of Lola – our DJI Mavic Drone – for a quick look-see. We could just make out the white of the Salt Flats in the distance.
At mile marker 10 just inside Utah on I-80 is the Salt Flats rest area. Again – The Eyes of Lola went up for some better views of the Bonneville Salt Flats – and a stretch before driving through central Utah. Check out the video at the bottom and the pictures below (Hit the arrow to scroll)!
Scofield State Park
September 30 – October 2
Our destination of 3 days – a stay at Scofield State Park. The fall colors were all around us and we enjoyed several drives in the area. Up at 7,656 feet elevation it got chilly at night and we even had snow on the last full day at the park!
During out stay we visited the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry where one of the largest finds of Allosaur bones are found with museums around the world getting skeletons from this quarry. Unfortunately it was closed the day we visited, but we hiked the area and spotted some cool rocks.
During out stay at Scofield state park we had time to expore the area. The Wasatch Mountains and Plateau is an active coal mining area, a perfect area for outdoor enthusiasts with roads and trails for ATVs all over. We spotted many fishermen on the lakes and streams. With roads at over 9,000 ft in elevation you get breathtaking views of the valleys below the Wasatch Mountain Range. A good driving guide is found on the Sanpete website that includes several loops that you can drive. One cool stop is to the Mammoth skeleton found near Huntington Dam.
In 1989 during the construction of a dam a Columbian Mammoth was found in the mud – one of the best preserved mammoth skeletons.
The site of the discovery is right off the road and there are some nice trails and fishing spots.