Thursday, March 28, 2013

Anniversary Narrows



 Joe and I enjoyed another day of hiking and 4 wheeling with Joan and Steve...this time to Anniversary Mine and Narrows. A gravel road leads to the old mines and the narrows. At the end of the road, it looks like it dead ends. This is where we parked.




 On the right bank, up a steep incline, you can walk to the old Anniversary Mine ( 1922-1928).  Today, the Anniversary Mines are located on 223 acres of privately owned land inside the Lake Mead NRA. Even though the land is privately owned, individuals are allowed to use it for hiking and other recreational activities at their own risk.


                                                                                                                     

Back in the day, these were tunnels for mining cars.






The picture below shows where the narrows begin. This land was laid down as sheets of mud in the bottom of some vast lake where ancient animals roamed.










The mud turned to stone, and earthquake activity jumbled the area and turned the lake bed on edge.

Visitors today see several mountain-sized ridges  of sandstone, limestone and mudstone of various colors.

 The ridges have been steeply tilted up...some nearly verticle.


 Water collected in small basins are called "tanks" . The picture above is an example of a tank.


Lovell Wash cut through the ridges, creating spectacular narrows that are about 500 yards long, hundreds of feet deep and only a few feet wide. In  many places you can touch the walls on both sides.

 













Steve led us up, down and all around to the top of a cliff overlooking Lovell Wash. There are wide spots here that can be used for parking.  What a magnificent view!

This is a view of the narrows.


OOPS!
...time for lunch...


... at Redstone Dune!
                            

Another great day...enjoying the natural beauty all around us AND the fellowship of great people too.
 
Thanks for stopping by...
 
 
Life is good!
 
 
Y'all come back!



4 comments:

  1. The formation of those rocks is so interesting, the coloring too. I would say Oops! I'm sure that was not a good day for whoever owned that car. Take care.

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  2. Great hikes you guys are doing? How are you enjoying the Jeep???

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  3. My kind of place! What very cool little slot type areas. It looked like some shelves in one of your pictures. You certainly found a terrific place to explore and give your Jeep some fun, too:)

    I love that one of the earlier pictures of the mine has the yellow wildflowers in the corner...so cute!

    A great day with great people, as you said! Life certainly is so good!

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