Only In Nevada…

Great Basin Relic… what’s that behind the wheel?

Nobody ever thinks of Nevada. Even if you do, you probably just think of Las Vegas, which is as far – both geographically and aesthetically – from the rest of this wide open state as it’s possible to get.

Nevada is dominated by basin and range topography: big open basins alternating with high mountain ranges,  all marching north to south across the state. The drive from east to west on Highway 50 – nicknamed the Loneliest Highway in America – takes you up and over 7,000-foot mountain passes and then down onto wide open basins, over and over, all day long. It’s paradise on wheels.

Good god! This was so gross – there’s still hair on those hooves! – and yet so awesome.

Yesterday I stopped at Great Basin National Park – one of the last major parks in the West that I hadn’t yet hit – and found this treasure just north of the tiny town of Baker. At first I thought it was just a cool old car junked out in the sage, but as I walked closer, I saw something behind the wheel… These might be some of my new favorite photos, ever!

Old Car, Older Horse!

Where to?

Nice to see you again, Nevada!

For more on road tripping across Nevada, check out my previous post the Extraterrestrial Highway!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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15 Responses to Only In Nevada…

  1. evea192 says:

    Hi there. Just like to ask u something?

  2. Did you get to see the fireflies? They are found in the wetland meadow near the lower campground…one of just a few places in the west where fireflies live.

    ps. The cave is pretty cool too.

    • Nope, I didn’t camp there. If I had known about the fireflies I might have though! I grew up in Pennsylvania, firefly heaven, and I miss seeing them in the summer!

  3. Hi! I am from Europe, so my association with Nevada is not Las Vegas, but “desert”. Cool pictures!

    • Haha well as you can see, you’re not far off! Having come from New Mexico, this place looks downright verdant to me, but it does receive only a few inches of rain and snow a year. 🙂

  4. coyotejoe says:

    Nevada is actually one of my favorite places is the states… I have had many a meal next to the ghost rider, and have seen him in many a bony manifestation (he had a spine once, and has new hoofs these days). The Basin and Range induces the most welcomed meditative driving. We were ships in the night by a few days.

    • Thanks Coyote Joe! Ghost Rider, eh? I love it! Nevada is fast becoming my all time favorite driving state. Crossing those basins is a voyage! And they just keep coming…

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  6. Did you check out the caves, Lehman really is a wonderful place to visit. You can see some of the pics I took there last year. Oh and this same car 🙂

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