Mojave Arch Hunting
Sometimes on road trips through the back country of the Mojave I’ll see arches off in the distance or high on rocky slopes but it’s far too hot to get out and go check them out. So I make a note of them and during the winter I keep them as an option for days when I don’t really have anything else to do. A couple of these arches are in the Beaver Dam Wash area to the west of the Beaver Dam Mountains. I decided to go check them out on two different winter days.
The first arch I had spied from the road on two different occasions. The first time I couldn’t quite tell if it was anything other than a large cavity in the mountain top. These cavities, or sucker holes are very common, but on another trip at a different time of day I saw a spot of light inside that cavity, which meant there must be at least a window to the sky up there. From the road though, that hole still wasn’t visible.
Kona thought this arch was really cool! There must have been some great smells in there for a dog. The ground was awkward but there was plenty of room to stand under the arch.
The trip to the arch that day didn’t take too long so on the way back I drove up a road I hadn’t been to called “Welcome Springs” road. It ended up being a really neat place so a few weeks later I returned with Maree and Kona to hike around what I found out later was the remains of an ancient two mile long land slide. You can see pictures from that trip HERE.