Black Rock Desert Wilderness

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Looking west across the northern end of the Black Rock Desert, Pinto Mountain the slightly darker shape on the left. All that flat, empty space is the Black Rock Desert Wilderness. I read that there’s a small, very occasional river down the middle of it that can be kayaked if you’re lucky enough to have water. You end up on the bare playa to the south and have to carry your boat out. I’m standing at the base of the Jackson Creek Mountains, also a designated wilderness area, which are much craggier and more impressive looking than anything you can see in this photo. We saw no one else in the couple of days we were here despite being camped right next to the (gravel) road. Maybe the cold wind kept people away.

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