Driving along CR-34 last spring, on my way to and from Fly Ranch Geyser, I snapped a few landscape photos of the Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. While not passable at the time, I wold certainly like to return and explore the area further.
The area is very remote: No Services, No Water, You Will Be On Your On.
Soaked with water from an abnormally wet Spring, these now dry lake beds and the shorelines were home to ancient people and animals that date back some 12,000 years ago.
Several Places in the canyon, I saw steam billowing up from natural hot springs.
I had to take the shot from a quarter-mile out…
The Fly Ranch Geyser sits on private property located 20 miles (32km) North of Gerlach, Nevada on the right-hand side of SR 34.
The Geyser, man-made by chance, along with natural forces when in 1964 while exploritory drilling for geothermal energy. It was found that the water coming from the spring was a constant 200 degrees Fahrenheit, or 93 Celsius. Water boils at 212 F. so a little shy of being useful for geothermal energy production. The well was either not capped at all, or not capped very well.
As a result, the constant pressure of the hot spring has been spraying mineralized water five feet or more into the air since 1964, depositing several inches per year.
Once owned by the Fly Ranch, the property has now changed owners. It’s new owners are the Burning Man Organization
I used a 250mm zoom lens, plus the camera’s digital zoom to bring the subject to me.