Road trips from Southern California: Nevada
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( Ken Lund )
Black Rock Desert
Distance: 695 miles one-way
This Nevada desert's picturesque mountains and sparkling geysers are well-known backgrounds for the annual radical arts Burning Man festival.
Fly Geyser (pictured), which is on a private ranch, is one of the strangest and most beautiful parts of the desert, spouting groundwater from a vivid orange and green calcium carbonate deposit base. The "geyser" is actually a man-made accident that began when a geothermal power company drilled a test well and improperly plugged the hole.
Despite its alluring mystic appeal, the desert is still unforgiving. Visitors are advised to stay away from geysers (which can reach deathly hot temperatures) and to carry enough supplies to ensure survival if they get lost.
-- Kelsey Ramos