I drove east today as the clouds looked like they might be interesting for landscape photos. East is highway 50, known as the loneliest road in America. It is remote and lightly traveled but it is always my route of choice if I am driving east. I have actually never crossed Nevada on I-80. I try to avoid the interstates if I can and travel on back roads. As I am usually on my way somewhere when driving this road and have never stopped to take photos. On my way back from Moab this fall I looked at the scenery with fresh eyes and saw a lot to like.
The light was tricky this afternoon but I took a few images I can share. Sand Mountain is the giant sand dune in one of the photos. It is a singing sand dune two miles long and six hundred feet high. From my vantage point I could see some ATV riders that looked like very small insects speeding up and down the dune. I was standing next to the ruins of one of the old Pony Express stations to take photos of the dunes. It was aptly named Sand Pass station and all that is left are these tumbled down rock walls.
Next on my list was to try to get some photos of Chalk Mountain. It is an interesting stark white peak sitting by itself just west of the Clan Alpine range. I finished up at sunset taking some photos of Fairview peak.
All of these sites are just a few miles from one another just off 50. I saw many more places I would like to photograph. I will be busy out there the next few months.
37 thoughts on “Highway 50, America’s Loneliest Road”
Beautiful mountains. It does appear lonely and devoid of life. Hope you are alone in this lonely wilderness. Merry Christmas.
Thanks seeker. Very much alone. The silence is healing. 🙂
Simply sublime! Bravo~
Thanks Cindy. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
The Highway 50 corridor looks like a fascinating place, definitely a route I would choose too. Beautiful captures. Love the lighted subjects with a backdrop of dark skies; stunning. Anxious to see what you discover on future trips…..Must enjoy these distant views and solitude vicariously!
I love all of Nevada’s empty places but highway 50 is very special. There is so much to photography it will be a daunting but enjoyable task. Thanks as always for stopping in and saying such nice things. Hope your Holidays are wonderful and filled with nature. 🙂
My favorite road, as you probably know. I enjoy the vast views and the sound of the wind. Ah solitude.
Yes, you nailed it. My sentiments exactly. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in.
It is perhaps the best place in the world to get in contact with the wide-open expanse of the high desert. I love to stop along 50 and simply hike a couple hundred yards from the truck, jus’ to see what I might come across. Sometimes its and object, sometimes is a story, other times it is jus’ yourself. Wonderful pics!
Thanks Tom. I couldn’t agree more. It is a place to treasure and enjoy the solitude, silence and sweeping views. Thanks for the comment and kind words. 🙂
Hwy 50 is an experience that always satisfies me as an artist and a human being. I enjoy your photography each time you post. Grover sierratraveler.com
Brilliant pictures, what a landscape! Thanks for sharing them, have a great Christmas. Best wishes!
Thanks Antony. I am so happy you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping in. Merry Christmas to you. 🙂
The sand dune is spectacular! Looking forward to more of your work in the new year. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂
Thanks! Merry Christmas to you as well. 🙂
The light might have been tricky, but it looks like you got there at just the right time to take advantage of its dramatic qualities. Lovely photos!
Thank you so much Alli! 🙂
Spectacular images- so out of this world! A landscape that I have never viewed before. How fortunate you are to be able to drink it in 🙂
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year!
Thanks so much for your kindness Caroline. I love the high desert but not everyone appreciates it’s stark, unique beauty. I am trying to change that one photo at a time. Thanks for the holiday wishes. 🙂
The photos are amazing. Made me want to go visit.
Thank you John. You should visit and write some of your beautiful poetry about it. 🙂
I like the old highways. They have their own personalities. Next year. I’m do for a road trip.
Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂
I look forward to following your posts in the new year!
Wow, I’ve never seen this part of the country, absolutely beautiful.
Thank you so much. It is an area not seen by many and appreciated by fewer still. Happy you see the beauty. 🙂
Thank you for following and opening the door to your wonderful world. Eddie
Thank you Eddie. I hope you continue to visit and enjoy.
Beautiful colours, forms and compositions!!!
Thank you Pierre. I got really lucky with the light that day.
An amazing landscape, love the colours. And the light makes the pictures interesting!
Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂
Love 3/5 and 4/5 especially.
Thank you Candia. I like those too. Glad you stopped in! 🙂