Part of being an adventurer means finding and seeing things that are known to a privileged few. Just like this unique arch, that lies in the secluded desert mountains of Southeast Nevada.
Following long, old, dirt roads is a thrilling experience, and the mystery surrounding them is intriguing. Being unmarked and unlabeled, and stretching beyond the terrain in view, one can only wonder who created it, why it was made, and where it may lead. Many old roads are rocky and washed out from rain, so traveling on many of them requires a vehicle with off-road capabilities. On one occasion, I followed a road leading up a mountain. The road became steep and rocky to the point where even the ATV had trouble climbing it. Upon arriving near the summit, the trail simply ended in a flat area overlooking the entire valley.
Beautiful sandstone of various shapes and colors lined the slope leading down to the rocky valley below. It was an impressive view, but the most surprising was what sat overhead, overlooking the majesty that rested before it. An arch, of seemingly atypical formation, sat silently on its sandstone throne, atop this looming mountain. It wasn’t your average Arches-National-Park type arch, with red sandstone and smoothed edges. Rather, the stone of the arch was made from a granite that littered the top of this mountain, with sandstone lying beneath it. The arch, as seen in the picture below, was jagged and split as a result. Truly something unique.
No signs had lead there; no map, no anything. It was an anonymous gem of the desert.