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|EAGLE VALLEY: SPRING MOUNTAIN RESERVOIR|
|Images: Eagle Valley|
Spring Mountain Reserve - About 3.5 hours out of Vegas.
This place is truly out in remote parts of the high desert plains of southern Nevada. Kit Carson and John C. Fremont rode into the valley, which was still under Mexican rule, during their survey of the Western United States in the mid-1840s. The land area was bought and sold to different individuals since then and we'll leave it at that.
Eagle Valley is teaming with wild life of all sorts. We've encountered, Tarantulas, Tarantula Hawks, Deer, Rattle Snakes, lizards and all sorts of flying things including eagles. One time I was stooping over to take a photo of a black Tarantula leisurely crossing the highway, suddenly this flying thing sounding a bit like a 747 came buzzing over my head. Of course I was very brave and never flinched. Other types of common wild life inhabit the park such rabbits, bobcats, squirrels, coyotes and lots of waterfowl.
Eagle Valley Camping
For us, we camp most of the time. Below, our good friend Tom Willis is setting up after a great ride into the area. Of course Tom is following the main rule, which of course is - "If you are not a native Nevadan, you must set up everyone else's tents and bedrolls before your own" - so, he's doing well, just look how happy he is. He thinks he's a professional hot dog cooker. There's lodging in the area.
What smells better than a fire pit filled with cedar wood?
Can you smell it? Fruit and potatoes wrapped in foil!
Maybe it's these you smell. Some good-ole sourdough biscuits cooked in a cast iron skillet.
In the morning, after a bit of coffee, it's time to pack & roll to our next destination.
Right at the campground entrance is the reservoir filled with crawfish and pan size trout.
Mormons settled this area in the mid 1800's. The meadow's of Eagle Valley (below) provide excellent grazing for black angus cows year round.
Ania stands on the edge of a nearby brook outside of the reservoir which btw is our favorite place to camp and free - If you're ok with snakes. This lower edge provides areas to camp and fish, outside of the campgrounds. We're usually so busy & tired on the rides there isn't much time for fishing but as you can see, the beauty is beyond compare.
Below is a former house (stone cabin), now a museum, built around the mid 1800's by Mormon settlers after they and other migrating immigrants over-run the native American Washoe people. The only thing that has been restored is the roof, which was timber. The masonry work was done in excellent fashion and is the original work. This is supposed to be a museum of some sort's but in all the years of coming up here have never seen it open and the gates are always locked. There's an old outhouse on the side still standing.
Pioche Nevada atop a silver mine.
Below Ania stands with one of the nastiest gewy eating cinnamon rolls - Sweeeet :)
Eagle Valley Video: Part 1
Eagle Valley Video: Part 2
Eagle Valley Camping Video: Part 3
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