Desert Photography Exploration

Mt. Lewis

Dark sky's. Remote old homesteads. Vast desert.

The central area of Nevada is a desolate area great for night Milky Way photography and exploring old homesteads. Armed with good GPS maps and tires you can explore the low lands and the mountain tops approaching 10K in elevation.

From Battle Mountain, drive south on Hwy 305 and take your pick of the countless dirt roads to explore. If you have a 4WD vehicle with decent clearance and good tires, you can drive off road to find some serious solitude.

If you need a suggestion to get going, drive up Mt. Lewis, the highest peak in the Shoshone Range. Use this chance to get a sense for your surroundings from 9,678 ft. The road is well made and most vehicles can make it up no problem, but be sure your tires and breaks are in good shape as it is a 4,000 ft climb. The surrounding area is all BLM land so primitive camping is allowed virtually anywhere - just be sure to follow the "Leave No Trace" land use ethics.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Good tires
  • Water
  • Food
  • Camera
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Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Glorious Sunsets!!

This area of Nevada is unexpectedly, hauntingly beautiful, nearby there are canyons with pine trees, and the area has the most spectacular sunsets I have seen anywhere so far and many people from different areas of the country agree!!


Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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