While visiting Lake Meade we stopped for a soak in at a natural spring. Several particular areas within the NRA host a number of springs. One such area is found along the west side of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead, just west of Northshore Road. This area is home to Rogers Spring which produces water at a fairly constant 720 gallons per minute – the greatest flow of any spring within the park. The relatively constant year-round flow and the warm temperature (86 degrees Fahrenheit) are both indications of a regional source for this water.
The Hoover Dam is worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours walking over and around this man made structure. Check some interesting facts about the dam. This is where Nevada meets AZ.
Physically, Hoover Dam is a massive, concrete arch-gravity dam, 660 feet thick at its base and wide enough at its crest that traffic on old U.S. 93 coursed right over its top. Some 726 feet in the canyon below, or the equivalent of a 60-story building, the Colorado River lies tamed behind this great concrete wedge, its base as wide as two football fields are long.
On December 21, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge signed an act authorizing the Boulder Canyon Project, so named because a study originally had recommended the Boulder Canyon of the Colorado, not the nearby Black Canyon, as the site of the dam. On July 3, 1930, then-President Herbert Hoover signed the first appropriation bill. It was during dedication ceremonies on September 17, 1930, that Secretary of the Interior Ray L. Wilbur, while driving a silver spike for the railroad spur that would run to the construction site, announced that the name of the colossal structure was to be Hoover Dam. However, the soon-to-be-elected Democratic administration of Franklin Roosevelt continued to use the name Boulder Dam. It wasn’t until April 30, 1947, that a resolution of Congress made Hoover Dam the official name.
When driving in Northern AZ in the middle of nowhere is a funny stop to stretch your legs. On a road trip with my favorite sidekick Jojo we stumbled upon Nothing. Wikki offers an answer for this oddity in the middle of nowhere. Nothing AZ settlement was established in 1977, located 100 miles northwest of Phoenix Arizona, and roughly 20 miles south of Wikieup, the “rattlesnake capital of Arizona.” It is west of Bagdad at milepost 148½ on U.S. Route 93 (the Joshua Forest Scenic Parkway) between Wickenburg and Kingman, on the route from Las Vegas to Phoenix.
The town sign read:Town of Nothing Arizona. Founded 1977. Elevation 3269ft.The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.
According to ZA Highways when Mormon settlers first saw the plant they dubbed the “Joshua tree,” it reminded them of the bushy-bearded biblical leader. When Territorial Governor John C. Frémont caught sight of it during an 1844 trek through the Mohave Desert, he called it “the most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom.”
Page would be the perfect 3 or 4 day weekend. Take advantage of the history, trails and water sports. We only had 2 days so I plan on making another roadtrip soon.
The Horseshoe Bend is a 10 minute drive from Page. There is a 10-15 minute walk uphill in the sand to get to the viewpoint. I would suggest water and tennis shoes as the path is steep.
Drive into town to get tickets to Antelope Canyons. There are several guides and pricing varies based on upper, lower and time. We unfortunately got rained out so that will be on my bucket list next time. If you want to book a tour we went through.
One of the many valuable pieces of information we learned along the way is that in order to go to The Wave you must win the lottery. Yes there is a lottery which has 2 ways to win: either show up the day before at the BLM building or submit a request online. The link listed will give you a specific details.