There are three Nevada State Parks east of Pioche and Caliente that are well worth checking out during the cool weather seasons and because of the lengthy distances, there will be plenty of overland dirt road travel time involved. The long dirt roads through the rolling sagebrush hills and forested mountains in this region present good wildlife spotting opportunities, so it pays to keep a powerful lens handy. This is especially true early or late in the day and the many mountain spring water resources are prime attractants too. Beaver Dam State Park is literally located next to the Utah Border where the mountains are covered with thick juniper and piñon forests, so everything from deer and elk to bighorn and mountain lions can be seen in these parts. There are also grassy mountain meadows and land cleared for seasonal cattle grazing, which is where wild horses are commonly spotted. Cruising slow and quiet along the mountain dirt roads in this part of eastern Nevada is the best way to sneak up on grazing wild horses in this dramatic landscape, so be sure to give it a try when camping in the nearby state parks!
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