2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Delta, UT - Antelope Valley RV Park - site 35

Delta, UT - Antelope Valley RV Park - site 35, another view

Delta, UT - Antelope Valley RV Park - site 35, and another

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 0 - our route - 158 miles

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 1 - time to cross another mountain...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 2 - you can see the roads...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 3 - a windfarm with nary a...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 4 - looks like we head right...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 5 - a little closer to the...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 6 - down the valley we go

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 7 - now that's more than a...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 8 - up and over another pass

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 9-back on the way to Delta now-this...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 10 - the road was immediately rougher...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 11 - nothing but desert and mountians...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 12 - up another rmountain

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 13 - into another valley

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 14

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 15

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 16

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 17

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 18 - another large salt flat

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 19 - the only bicyclist we saw...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 20 - a tree full of shoes...

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 21 - coming into Delta, finally

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 22 - another mural

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 23 - downtown Delta

Ely, NV to Delta, UT 24

Great Basin NP 1 - we see Wheeler Peak as we near...

Great Basin NP 2 - Wheeler Peak from another angle

Great Basin NP 3 - some turkeys as we start into the...

Great Basin NP 4

Great Basin NP 5 - don't they know it's getting close to...

Great Basin NP 6 - heading up the mountains

Great Basin NP 7 - a smattering of Aspens on the mountainside...

Great Basin NP 8 - we are getting closer to the top

Great Basin NP 9 - the top of Wheeler Peak at 13,000...

Great Basin NP 10 - more and more color the higher we...

Great Basin NP 11 - we are about as high as this...

Great Basin NP 12 - and a look into the top of...

Great Basin NP 13 - a small brook as we start our...

Great Basin NP 14 - luckily we managed to go down the...

Great Basin NP 15

Great Basin NP 16 - a stand of Quaking Aspen along the...

Great Basin NP 17 - Libby awaits as we return

Great Basin NP 18 - a look at the surrounding countryside from...

Great Basin NP 19

Great Basin NP 20 - coming down, we were able to see...

Great Basin NP 21

Great Basin NP 22

Great Basin NP 23

Great Basin NP 24

Great Basin NP 25 - now that's a right nice grade!

Great Stone Face 1 - once we turned off the highway, it...

Great Stone Face 2 - the lava outcropping that contains the Great...

Great Stone Face 3 - as we get a little closer

Great Stone Face 4 - as we approach the Great Stone Face

Great Stone Face 5 - can you see the face that supposedly...

Great Stone Face 6 - how about now

Great Stone Face 7 - compared to this

Great Stone Face 8 - actually I found this five-minute collection of...

Great Stone Face 9 - some of the Great Stone Face Petroglyphs

Great Stone Face 10

Great Stone Face 11

Great Stone Face 12

Great Stone Face 13 - Libby is waiting for the trip back

Great Stone Face 14 - a field of alfalfa cut and almost...

Fort Deseret 1 - the stone sign at the fort

Fort Deseret 2

Fort Deseret 3

Fort Deseret 4 - one of the corner bastions

Fort Deseret 5 - some of the walls are coming down

Fort Deseret 6 - but some are in good shape

Fort Deseret 7 - some of the back wall seems to be...

Fort Deseret 8 - one of the peep holes


It was 158 miles from Ely, NV to Delta, UT including a detour to Great Basin National Park. The drive was very similar to our previous trip, going up and down the mountains and through the valleys of high desert. US 50 through Nevada is some of the best road we have traveled this summer. It's only two-lane most of the time but is very wide with plenty of shoulder and very, very smooth pavement, which the Mothership appreciates very much! The second we passed into Utah, the road became substantially narrower and rougher - the good times were over.

We are staying at the Antelope Valley RV Park which is very nice, that's good, especially since it's the only game in town! We have a 50 amp, full hookup, back-in with good Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. Our MiFi slows to almost a stop in the afternoons but is OK during the morning and late evening. The campground WiFi has the same problem so it must be a bandwidth issue with the local provider??

Our side trip to Great Basin National Park took us about three hours. We first stopped at the visitor center to get some handouts and see the park movie which was very good. We then unhooked Libby and headed up the mountain. This gives you great views of the surrounding area though the hazy skies made it not as good as it could be. When we got to the top we had good views inside Wheeler Peak and also took a short nature hike where we were lucky to see one of the local deer which was very large. He was a little skittish so we kept our distance but the new camera still allowed me to get a couple of good shots. The highlight of the trip was the changing of color of the Aspens on the mountainside at higher elevations - not quite as pretty as the Maples in New England, but very nice still.

We stayed in over the week-end and watched football again and then on Monday made a short trip to a couple of the sights near Delta. First, we went about 15 miles SW of our campground to see the Great Stone Face. It is located out in the desert on a lava outcropping near some old petroglyphs so we got to see two things for the price of one! We actually got to see three as Fort Deseret, an old mud fort that is still is partially standing was on our way home.

Tomorrow, we head for Moab for a two-night stay on the way to Aztec, NM.

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