We pulled into the primitive camping area in White Tanks Regional Park, on Monday late afternoon. This is a new spot for us, and I am totally in love with it. White Tanks is on the far western slope of the Valley of the Sun. The primitive camping area is at the very west end, farther up the mountain than the rest of the park. There are trails galore right outside our door, we have a view down into the valley which is actually kinda cool at night, and it’s impossibly green here.
Tuesday morning the sun rose over the view of the valley.
We spent some time boondocking near Wickenburg 3 years ago, and really liked it. We haven’t really had a reason to come back this way, until now. We are doing an art show in town this weekend, in conjunction with their Gold Rush Days. There is a rodeo going on, and other horse enthusiast events as well. This is a big horse town anyway, lots of roping events are held here, and a ton of horse owners in the area. So naturally, we hope they like the horse art and that we have a very successful show.
In the mean time, we are enjoying the quite, and the beauty that is here. All the rain that fell in the desert in December and January has made this area green and lush. I know it’s hard to think of the desert that way, but it really is. It’s like someone planted a lawn in the whole desert here. There is grass and small plants growing all over. And the trees and cactus are pretty happy too.
The dogs like the fresh grass, honestly, you would think they were part horse.
My favorite part of staying here is the endless hiking available. There are washes, hillsides, trails, and dirt roads. We can just take off through the desert and wander for hours.
As you can imagine, the desert is full of textures. From rocks, to plants, and everything in between.
The other day we walked out of the RV and headed north. As I’ve said before, wandering in the desert is one of our favorite things, and you never know what you’ll find. We wandered farther north than we have before, so we came across some new areas. One cool thing about the desert, is the variety in terrain. We find flat ground, small washes, and big ravines. Walking along the bottom of a wash, is always a good way to find something interesting. Which is how we came across this bright yellow rock.
It was a thin layer on top of the rock that was lining the wash in this spot.