La Quinta Inn & Suites Ely
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Visited Great Basin National Park. The park is located in far eastern Nevada about an hour drive from Ely and is very remote. Took a 90 min. tour through Lehman Cave and drove the Wheeler Peak (over 10,000 feet) scenic drive. After we returned to Ely we visited the old Nevada Hotel and Casino. This town will never be mistaked for Vegas. It is the real old west.
An unexpected good time was the visit to Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho. The falls are massive and in a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs. This is also the site of the famous Evil Knievel motorcycle jump over the Snake River. We left the falls and headed to Ely, Nevada, a five hour drive through some very remote land. I tried to find some …
... 8 billion acres of sage brush and open prairie. Big cattle country, and two Indian reservations. Reminds us of stretches of the Baja Penninsula highway, where there's no gas stations for hundreds of miles, literally. Anyway, really enjoying the easy drive on the back roads, with no traffic, straight as a Mormon missionary, fascinating humungous ranches in the foothills, mining roads up to seemingly nowhere, etc.
Tomorrow will be even more remote.
When I left the salt flats I took a detour into Nevada so I could visit the state's only Nat. Park, Great Basin. It's actually a series of basins separated by mountain ranges. Definitely a park with highs and lows. The low is Lehman Caves, a wonderful system. So far, second only to Carlsbad. It is a single limestone cavern, only about a quarter-mile long, but almost every inch is decorated with all the standard ...
... desert drive, but they actually have a fair amount of green grass, and trees here in this park!
Instead of making the rest of the trip in two short segments, we've decided to run for 5 hours or so tomorrow, straight into Pahrump.
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- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking