Delamar

Exploring Nevada - Delamar Dry Lake

I’m starting to take a deeper exploration into the state of Nevada, and for my first stop I visited the Delamar Dry Lake.

Brewing Storm Over Delamar, Nevada

The Delamar Dry Lake is just a couple of hours north of Las Vegas. Like a lot of the land in Nevada, it is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. It’s a secluded location, but it’s not really that difficult to get to. After passing the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge--another interesting location I’ll be visiting soon--I made a right turn off of Route 93 onto Alamo Canyon Road. From there on it was a dirt road all the way to the dry lake. The road was one of the best dirt roads I’ve been on, though. Although surrounded by rocky terrain with boulders and large outcroppings, the road itself was not very rocky. Aside from a few washboard sections, it was very smooth for the entire drive.

Once I turned onto Alamo Canyon Road, I encountered no more people. There were some cattle grazing as well as some deer, rabbits, and birds, but I saw no other signs of life (besides the plants, of course). I wound my way through the rocky terrain and passed by a couple additional dirt roads going in other directions. I wondered where those went--perhaps additional opportunities for exploration in the future.

I continued on my way until I reached Poleline Road, which is aptly named for the set of power lines that run along the road. Here are a couple photographs of the lines.

Electrical lines along Poleline Road, Nevada

Poleline Road from Delamar Dry Lake, Nevada

After arriving at the dry lake, I parked underneath the power lines. When I opened the car door, I could hear a crackling Hertz buzz coming from the power lines. The only other sound came from the wind, which blew strongly across the flat lake bed the entire time I was there.

As the cattle grazed nearby, I walked onto the lake bed. Several cars had driven out there. I could see the tracks. It’s a shame that people can’t show more respect and refrain from driving on the surface and marring it that way. I walked about 300 yards into the lake bed and found a nice section where I had a view of the mountains and the sunset. The surface of the lake bed is very shiny. It almost looks like it’s still wet in places, but it’s not. Here’s a photograph I made to capture the shininess of the surface.

The shiny surface of Delamar Dry Lake, Nevada

I settled in for a while, trying to stay warm in the strong wind. As I left for the evening, it was almost dark, but the cattle were still out grazing. Some of them were very close to the road, and I had to watch out for them. I paused next to one of the cattle, and we looked at each other for a minute. As I slowly pulled away, it resumed its grazing with indifference.

The Delamar Dry Lake is a neat place, and I plan to return for some additional photography there later this year. For now, it was the first stop on my deeper exploration of the state of Nevada.

Delamar After Sunset, Nevada