New York Mountains, Mojave, Mojave Desert, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Trees, Mountains, California, Nevada
New York Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve

Welcome to my site, Tales from the Desert.  Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to be able to explore all over the southwest, spending most of my time in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin.  I’ve grown to love this area…the desert can be awe-inspiring, desolate, rough and beautiful all at the same time.  The differences in terrain, colors, plant and animal life is amazing…no two areas are alike.

While exploring, I’ve become fascinated with the amount of rock art and traces of our prehistoric past throughout the desert.  Petroglyphs (etchings in rock), pictogrpahs (drawings on rock using plant-based dyes), cupules, grinding slicks, lithic scatter, arrowheads, shelters, agave roasting pits, etc. are located everywhere.  Once you learn what signs to look for, you can come across these historic relics just about anywhere.  The age of these sites cover a few hundred years-old, to over 10,000 years-old.  In fact, the oldest known rock art in North America is located in the Great Basin desert in Nevada, dated to 14,000 years-old.  These rock art sites are a national treasure, so please if you come across them, do not climb or touch them.  As the saying goes…”take only pictures, leave only footprints.”

To see picture galleries of these locations, please click on the Galleries link in the main menu at the top of this page.  And, check back often, as I’ll continue to update my portfolio with new galleries of different locations.


*  Aiken Lava Tube
Aiken’s Arch
Aiken’s Cinder Mine
Arch Rock – ** NEW (Feb ’18) **
Arrow Canyon
Ash Springs
*  Atlatl Rock & Surrounding Areas
Badwater Basin
*  Barker Ranch
*  Black Tank Wash
Brownstone Canyon
Buffington Pockets & Petroglyphs
Cabins – ** NEW (Feb ’18) **
*  Calico Basin
Calico I & II
*  Cathedral Gorge
*  Colorock
Cottonwood Pass – Lombard Trail
*  Cottonwood Valley
*  Counsel Rocks
*  Cow Cove
*  Crystal Wash
Dawn Mine
*  Death Valley – Random
*  Delamar Dry Lake
Delamar Ghost Town “The Widow Maker”
Devil’s Throat
*  Dixie National Forest
*  El Dorado Canyon & Techatticup Mine
*  Etna Cave
*  Falling Man
Fire Wave – ** NEW (Feb ’18) **
Fort Piute
Gold Butte Townsite
*  Goler Wash & Coyote Rd
*  Grand Canyon Toroweap
Grapevine Canyon
*  Hidden Valley
Indian Wells Petroglyphs (aka Lanfair Buttes)
Irwin Ranch & Van Slyke House
Ivanpah Ghost Town
*  Jean Dry Lake and Seven Magic Mountains
*  Kelso Dunes
Keyhole Canyon
Lake Mead – Catclaw Wash area
*  Lake Mead NRA – ** NEW (Jan ’18) **
Logandale – ** NEW (Feb ’18) **
Lone Rock – ** NEW (Feb ’18) **
*  Lotus Keystone Mine
Mary’s Cave
*  Mesquite Flat Basin
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
*  Misc. / Random
Mojave National Preserve
*  Mosaic Canyon
*  Mountain Springs
*  Mouse’s Tank
*  Mt. Irish
*  Mt. Irish – Echo Rock
*  Nampaweap
Ninety Nine Mine
*  Pahranagat Valley – Misc
*  Parashant National Monument – Whitmore Canyon
Pine Creek Canyon & Fern Canyon
*  Prospect Trail
Racetrack & Grandstand
*  Rainbow Wells
*  Red Cliffs
Redstone – ** NEW (Jan ’18) **
*  Rings Trail & Banshee Canyon
Seventeen Mile Petroglyphs
*  Shaman Hill
*  Shaman Knob
*  Shooting Gallery
Sloan Canyon
*  Spirit Mountains
*  Spring Valley
*  Surprise Canyon
*  Teakettle Junction
*  Tikaboo Peak
*  Ubehebe Crater
Valley of Fire – ** NEW (Feb ’18) **
War Shield Canyon
Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area
White River Narrows – Amphitheater
*  White River Narrows – Ash Hill
*  White River Narrows – Cane Site A
*  White River Narrows – Martian Home
*  White River Narrows – Calendar Fence
Whitney Pocket
Woods Wash
*  Zabriskie Point