Mojave Snowbird Trip – Horse Tanks

The maps I’m looking at have a bridge marked up a canyon near where I have been the last two days, near the base of the canyon there is also a notation of some Horse Tanks. I though these would be man made tanks like those for cattle, but not at all! I drove right to the end of the little road I started on yesterday and discovered that there were two information signs about the canyon, truly in the middle of nowhere.

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Just a few yards down the path Biff found the first water.

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Naturally he had to take a dip.

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The water just trickles down over the rocks.

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The wildlife people have built some dams to increase the amount of water available, primarily for desert bighorn sheep. I didn’t see any large wildlife the entire time I was in the area.

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Some of the tanks were quite large, this one was at least 6 feet deep.

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Looking back down the canyon from above the first set of tanks.

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The canyon got narrower and a bit steeper, by now it was obvious I wasn’t in the right canyon for the bridge.

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In places it was almost tropical.

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At the top, looking over to the King Valley beyond the humps.

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Biff seemed bemused by the amount of water.

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This scene reminded of home in Wayne County with all the rocks laying about.

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There has obviously been a lot of rain recently, the desert is lush.