Alvord Desert, OR
This may be my favorite place in the United States. Its one of, if not, the only wild place left thats easy to get to and isnt crowded with millions of people. Camping on the playa is mandatory if you come here. Youll be missing out if you dont. The stars are incredible at night, and the views are stark and life changing. You can drive your car right out onto the desert floor! To add to the amazing, the entire area is chalk full of natural hot springs that are also equally desolate.
The drive out is awesome. The mountains are tall and usually covered in snow.
We chose to enter the desert from the Alvord Desert Hot Springs, which cost us $20. It includes the use of a clean bathroom and their awesome hot springs.
Once on the desert, you can go anywhere. Just dont drive too close to the water as youll quickly get stuck
Camp setup for the night
The desert floor at night! The silica content made the moonlight reflect almost like a solar panel. Fascinating!
Next morning, warming up in the hot springs
After the hotsprings we went for a drive in search for more. It took us across the border into Nevada where we found these even more remote springs. The water was practically boiling at the source, but farther down it was actually quite nice.
An aerial perspective of the remote Nevada springs
Later we walked around a lake apparently toxic with arsenic. Sulphur was literally everwhere and you kind of got the feeling that everything you were walking on and around was not good for you
Storms rolling in.
Camping for one more night!
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