The north end of Christmas Tree Pass, shown above, is just off of Hwy 95. At this entrance, there is signage for the Piute/Eldorado Desert Management Area that includes a small raised platform and a roof for some sun shade. You know you are in the right place when you see this.
I did not have time this trip to hike the Canyon. I did see the start of the trail last spring, but as luck would have it there was a rain shower moving in that day and the hike to the petroglyphs follows a wash. I have a healthy respect for desert washes. A wash can be dry one minute and then full of rushing water. My father told me that it can sound like a train barrelling across the landscape when there is a rain shower in the mountains and the runoff careens downhill through the desert landscape along pre-existing runoff routes (washes). He has seen RVs and motorhomes stuck on islands for days, because they drove across a wash to a plateau of land to setup camp and then it rained. I turned tail that day when rain threatened over Grapevine Canyon and drove back to Laughlin. Maybe I will have better luck next time.
by Ursula Toelke
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About the author:
Ursula Toelke is a back-country landscape painter who lives in Huntsville, Ontario. She is frequently traveling and is known for finding those little out-of-the-way places that really make a trip memorable. We anticipate more articles from her as she builds her own custom rig in the coming years.