The 4th Lake Mead National Recreation Area video features a popular marina, wild horses, a scenic drive, waterside camping and a lengthy 4x4 trail. For quick reference, the video time marks include:
Northshore Road 0:14
West End Wash North 5:33
Wild Horses 15:49
Echo Bay 17:58
Stewarts Point 22:35
A tour of Northshore Road certainly is an eye catching scenic drive and there are many recreational opportunities to be found along the way. Doing the drive during inclement weather will enhance the sun bleached desert imagery and there will be much less glare from the blinding sunshine. As can be seen in the video, when the weather conditions are wet, the colors of the desert terrain are much more vivid and contrasty. Wet weather also creates a fantastic opportunity for capturing dramatic views of the neighboring Valley Of Fire State Park.
All of the points of interest mentioned in this video can be accessed via Longshore Road. There are several interesting hiking trails along the way, so be sure to pack plenty of water. Northshore Road is the scenic byway option going north from Las Vegas to the Valley Of Fire, Overton, Moapa, Riverside and Mesquite. Riverside is the gateway to Gold Butte National Monument and the eastern shores of Lake Mead. The Gold Butte tour requires a high ground clearance vehicle and this side of Lake Mead will be featured in an upcoming video series.
The West End Wash Road is located near Callville Bay. This rough dirt road heads east to a remote spot on the shoreline and it also goes north through the rough back country all the way to the distant Valley Of Fire. A reliable high ground clearance 4x4 is recommended for this back country tour. The West End Wash North Road was only photographed to the western recreation area boundary, so the entire trail is not pictured in this video and there is a lot more waiting to be discovered!
The Redstone Picnic Area definitely is a lovely spot for a day trip. Modern facilities, chargrills and canopy covered picnic tables are located onsite. The picturesque red sandstone outcrops have a way of fascinating visitors of all ages, because many of the formations have an animated appearance. Wild horses are often seen in the Redstone area, which adds to the appeal. Desert wild horses do present good photo opportunities, so be sure to pack a telephoto lens to shorten the viewing distance. Harmless coyotes hang around too and they only seek to steal food, so keep the picnic basket sealed up tight while out to play.
Echo Bay has been subject to water depletion in recent years, but it is still a popular destination thanks to the developed campground and day use facilities. The Lake Mead shoreline is composed of vertical mountain peaks in this sector and yes, there are places where the namesake acoustic anomalies can be experienced. Echo Bay has a boat launch ramp and this cove is one of the most picturesque in the park. This area is also a good place to spot desert bighorn sheep early in the day.
Stewarts Point is a lakeside primitive free camping area that offers majestic views of both the Virgin River basin shallows and the mountainous section of Lake Mead looking south. The Gold Butte landscape can be clearly seen across the lake, so one might say that this boondocking area is a landscape artist's dream come true. Wild burros almost always hang around Stewarts Point, which is yet another reason to keep a camera handy! Night landscape photographers will be happy to know that there is much less jet traffic and the big city light pollution is dimmer in this end of the park.
The upcoming final video in the Lake Mead Rec Area series will be devoted to St Thomas Ghost Town, which was submerged way back when Boulder Dam was completed. This forgotten remnant of the past has reemerged in modern times due to water depletion. This attraction is like no other ghost town in the entire west, so be sure to stay tuned!
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