Tucked away in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lies a trail that will spark interest in even the most skeptical of puppers. The Grimes Point Archeological Trail near Fallon, Nevada has everything a doggy could ask for: intriguing terrain, interesting wildlife, and an archeological treasure that will perplex the smartest of pooches.
This trail is home to the Grimes Point Petroglyphs, more than 20 basalt boulders with ancient inscriptions thought to be over 7,000 years old. The mystery intensifies as you enter the hidden cave which is believed to be a place used for storage and burial by the ancient people. If you take the long way to view the cavern, your walk will be closer to 3 miles, but we highly suggest checking it out! The main trail is roughly a mile long and loops back to the trailhead/parking area.
The area is especially beautiful in the spring when the wildflowers come into bloom, transforming the normally rocky, gray terrain into a vibrant desert meadow. The rocky surface can be a bit of an obstacle for the bipeds, so wear appropriate footwear and watch your step along the way.
There isn't much shade to be found here, so consider wearing a hat and sunscreen for this adventure! Be sure to bring a collapsible bowl and some water to cool off Fido as well. If you need to sit down for a bit, there are picnic tables and restrooms at the trailhead.
This place holds enormous anthropological significance, so make sure you bring waste bags to clean up any "artifacts" your pooch may leave behind. Majestic desert plains stretch as far as the eye can see -- equal parts beautiful and unforgiving. Keep Fido leashed; you don't want him running off into the wild blue yonder! This trail may be short, but it will have a lasting impact on you and your pup!