Desert Secrets

If you have read even one of my blogs, you know that I am deeply obsessed with/enamored of the desert. The immense blue skies and miles and miles of desolation are fabulous enough by themselves…but it’s the kooky inhabitants and weird hidden outposts in this vast wonderland that really enchant me.

Fortunately, I live right in the middle of the action. Just a 30-minute drive from Vegas, and I’m in the middle of nowhere — just the kind of splendid isolation I love. As an art nude model, I’m always dragging some bewitched East-Coast photographer out into the boonies…so I know the area better than most Las Vegans, who rarely bother to venture outside the air-conditioned confines of their suburban lard-assery. My love for the desert is such that I almost named myself Mojave Dessert instead of Wonderhussy…but I figured in this age of miserable spellers, no one would get it.

Anyhoo, below please find a handy map of my immediate stomping grounds. Many of the adventures detailed in my blog have been marked for your convenience….so if you ever want to check any of this shit out, you’ll have a handy guide. Links to blog entries relating to each location are provided below the map. ENJOY!

 

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  1. Abandoned Brothel — right on the side of the highway, and as of 2015 in fairly good shape!
  2. Abandoned Hot Spring Resort in the Middle Of Nowhere!
  3. Abandoned Waterpark in the Middle of the Desert
  4. Alkali Hot Spring — charming mini-soak with free camping near U.S.95
  5. Area 51 — secret government base!
  6. Arizona (White Rock/ Ringbolt) Hot Springs — possibly my favorite hot springs ever, in a slot canyon off the Colorado River
  7. Bagdad Cafe — greasy spoon off I-40; the Germans made a movie about it
  8. Big Dune — vast dunefield north of Vegas
  9. Cathedral Canyon — weird, crumbling religious shrine/monument
  10. Clown Motel — creepiest motel EVER
  11. Deep Creek Hot Springs — my #1 favorite hot springs of all time, tied with Saline Valley
  12. Delamar Ghost Town — fantastic stone ruins of a mining town
  13. Dumont Dunes — vast dunefield full of rednecks
  14. Five Palms Warm Well Oasis — crazy little oasis in the desert neat the Mexican border
  15. Goddess Sekhmet Temple — fertility temple just north of Vegas
  16. Gold Point Ghost Town — best ghost town EVER
  17. Goldstrike Hot Springs — another amazing hot springs hike near Vegas
  18. Kelso Dunes — my personal favorite sand dune field 
  19. Nelson/Techatticup Fake Ghost Town — poseur-ass fake ghost town outside Vegas
  20. Quartzsite, AZ — AMAZING little desert burg that hosts ginormous swap meet every January/February
  21. Roy’s Cafe — extremely Instragram-friendly old motel on Route 66
  22. Saline Valley Hot Springs — SUPER remote, amazing hot springs tied with Deep Creek for my #1 favorite
  23. The Salton Sea/ Salvation Mountain/ Slab City/ East Jesus — MOST AMAZING AREA E V E R
  24. Sunrise Rock/Mojave Memorial Cross — weird shrine outside Vegas in the desert
  25. Tecopa Hot Springs — really cool, funky little desert town
  26. The International Car Forest of the Last Church — bunch of cars planted nose-first in the desert, and painted all funky
  27. Valley of Fire — gorgeous geology, very hostile to nude models
  28. Wheel of Misfortune — astonishing graffiti installation just outside Henderson
  29. Wonder Valley — SUPER-KOOKY corner of the desert
  30. Zzyzyx Road — old abandoned health spa turned California State University Desert Studies Center
  31. Ginormous Abandoned Cement Plant Outside Vegas — very Mad Max-esque industrial wreckage; amazing photoshoot location!
  32. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum — super funky collection of large-scale junk art
  33. Janie’s Ranch Abandoned Brothel — sprawling old brothel in the middle of NOWHERE, near many other abandoned ruins of fairly recent vintage
  34. Montgomery Pass Abandoned Casino Town — fabulous ruins of an entire casino town near Janie’s Ranch

 

20 Responses to Desert Secrets

  1. Mark says:

    Nice list! The hot springs outside of Beatty are an absolute treat. I was in Vegas last December doing a internet radio show. Due to icy road conditions on 95, decided to stay in Beatty and visit the hot springs. Great gravel bottom pools. Loved it. Glad I stopped for the night!

  2. wonderhussy says:

    OMG I’ve been meaning to check that place out!!!

  3. Rachel says:

    Ohhh, this list is amaaazing! Thank you for compiling this. I found you on youtube while searching for Travertine hot springs, and days later I’m still glued to your blog like a book I can’t put down. What a talented woman you are, and fucking hilarious to boot. Your Burning Man posts are the most entertaining writings I’ve read in a while (and that liquid psilocybin is GREAT, right?! I’m pretty positive the guy who makes them isn’t too far from you, actually. I love those things, haha).

    Anyway, just needed to briefly profess my adoration for you and all your awesomeness. You are inspiring to me, so thank you 🙂

    • wonderhussy says:

      Thank you!! I got the liquid stuff from a guy who got it in the north Bay Area….I have never heard of or seen it before or since! But I sure would like more………

  4. Richard says:

    Really enjoy your videos, I love adventures. Thank you.

  5. Richard says:

    Really enjoy your videos; have been to Vegas many times, I love the landscape, and, I love adventures. Thank you.

  6. Tim says:

    Love what you do, think your AWSOME ;0) Like your hat too!!

  7. Christopher weber says:

    O.k. so i stumbled upon you’re youtube Channel and watched the d -valley episode and watched your other AZ. Adventures and like that you stray away from the beaten path/ trail and present the desert in a back alley kind of way that us creatures know. You kick-Ass!

  8. Verne Lomax says:

    Janies,Yes I remember after reading post twice. My in laws had a miners cabin in Keeler.I helped them to renovate this place. You be on the commode look to your right and see high sierra mountain range thru large gap in wall, right up your alley lol.They went on adventures from there always by Janies. On the way back my m-law said they stopped at janies at it was here turn to drive,so she took a nap and f-in law had shots and brew and she drove back to Keeler. HA,thanks to you I know what the old bastard was up to.I bet the old lady knew and a nap was better than boning the old bastard.

  9. Verne Lomax says:

    Hey Wonder Hussy, Ileft out that love your site and what you do! You are my oldest daughters image. Her and b-f just got back from Costa rica .They go for cheap and have many roads they will remember.Deep Creek, used to go 1968 till71?. Thats anonther story when I havent bonged myself senless.Love your work and be carefull out there. I hate typing and have a hard time trying to say want I mean. Idrive truck for a living 40 plus years and Iam basicly a dumb shit ,Ha Cool

  10. Wonderhussy says:

    Hahaha! LOL, thanks….. And love to your daughter!

  11. Verne Lomax says:

    Hi drinklng a chelada and the medical thinking of you! Planning a trip, first Jannies back to the pass. Then back to Owens valley to fish and relax. Damn that rymes. You should get a bounty hunter detector cheap and works great.I have the prospecter, my kids birthday gift. Big 5 like 100 bucks.Many spots to explore in Owens valley. Reward mine you drive in large tunnel about a 1/4 mile and it has 7 levels of ladders and and chutes. No flip flops here! Keeler got to see that. Anyway, going to el pollo loco,Later

  12. wonderhussy says:

    I do need to get a metal detector…that would be fun! Thanks!

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