#mypubliclandsroadtrip WEEK 12: Something Different

Explore Your Lands

The Bureau of Land Management's #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 explores the diverse landscapes and resources on your public lands, from great camping sites to cool rock formations to ghost towns. Roadtrip Week 12, Now for Something Different: #mypubliclandsroadtrip features some of the most unique locations managed by the BLM.

Ironwood Forest National Monument

The Ironwood Forest National Monument takes its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert.

The monument includes rugged mountains, desert valleys and golden sunsets.

Zane Grey Cabin on the Rogue River

Western novels; remote Oregon wilderness; and the epic Rogue River -- all of this and more is available at the Zane Grey cabin.

It was this spot, along with other portions of the Rogue River, that inspired Grey to write such books as “Rogue River Feud" and “Shooting the Rogue."

Visitors to the cabin can see the remains of a well-weathered wooden boat, thought to be one of the original vessels from Grey's first journey.

Mecca Hills Wilderness

The dramatic and colorful Mecca Hills were formed by the convergence of the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate along the San Andreas Fault. The uplifted lake bottom provides a walkway through slot canyons from 5 million year old deposits in hues of rose, pink, red, gold, purple and green.

Black Rock Desert

The Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails Act established a national conservation area and wilderness within the NCA.

Also within the area, the Black Rock Desert Playa covers the large dry lakebed of ancient Lake Lahontan. The playa has grown in popularity for large events.

Like the annual Burning Man festival.

O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden

BLM manages the Spruce Reach Island, a 67-acre site situated across from the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area in Oregon.

The previous landowner, O.H. Hinsdale, planted hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas in an amazing English woodland garden style.

Imperial Sand Dunes

The Imperial Sand Dunes in California, formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, extend for more than 40 miles.

And it includes popular OHV areas as well as remote wilderness.

Read more about "Something Different" and other roadtrip stops: mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtrip2016. #yourlands #roadtrip #stellersummer #travel #explore #stellerexplore Photos courtesy of BLM and Bob Wick unless noted otherwise.

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