A previously published article about the Alamo Bolide Impact Site describes where to find Alamo Road, which is a lengthy dirt road that goes to several interesting BLM destinations in southern Nevada. Just a short distance south of the town of Alamo is where this dirt road can be found, but the road is not always marked. The road sign is usually full of bullet holes and the sign has been missing altogether during the recent past, so a GPS or a good map will be needed to ensure that the starting point will be found.
The scenery along the first leg of the journey to Delamar Dry Lake certainly is interesting, because the shattered landscape is a result of a tremendous bolide impact that occurred eons ago, way back when this region was an ocean with vast corral reefs. Up and over the hills this road goes and the trail flattens out in on a high plateau that features a picturesque Joshua Tree forest landscape that extends as far as the eyes can see. Landscape artists will gain plenty of inspiration along the trail to Delamar Dry Lake, so be sure to pack a camera for the ride. Packing extra water, food and topping off the tank will be necessary too, because it may be a long wait for a rescue in this desolate area. A high ground clearance 4x4 is recommended for this journey, especially if continuing onward from the dry lake to Delamar Ghost Town is in the plans.
There is something magical about desert dry lakes and Delamar certainly is no exception. The first glance will definitely result in a wow effect as the jaw drops in awe, because Delamar Dry Lake covers such a vast amount of ground. This dry lake borders upon distant mountains that rise high above the flat mud cracked plain and the experience is so far removed from normal that a visitor may as well be on another planet somewhere in deep space. In fact, the space age is what makes Delamar Dry Lake so famous, because this gigantic dry mud puddle actually used to be an emergency landing strip for the X-15 spy plane project, which was centered in Area 51 just an hour's drive away. In modern times, private aircraft still use this natural runway and all sorts of vehicles are tested in this unique place. BLM primitive camping is allowed and when the winds kick up there are few places better for land sailing. This is all the inspiration needed to make a Delamar Dry Lake venture happen, so be sure to check out this lesser known destination!
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