Treasures of the Virgin Valley Caldera, Oregon-Nevada Border, June 10-12, 2022
Join Alison on a weekend exploration of the Virgin Valley Caldera within the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon/Nevada border. The Virgin Valley is the remnant of a massive volcanic caldera in which petrified wood, opal, obsidian and other fabulous rocks and minerals can be found. Come learn about hot spot volcanism, the formation of volcanic glasses and the fossilization of wood as we hike around the cliffs and badlands of this long-ago disaster. We'll camp at the Virgin Valley Warm Spring each night with delicious camp dinners served both nights.
We'll meet in Adel, Oregon before lunchtime on June 10th, 2022, and caravan to the Virgin Valley.
Notes: Alison is a licensed and bonded outfitter guide. This trip will be permitted by USFWS and all local mining claims have been checked with the BLM. Rock collection limits set by each agency and federal laws regarding artifacts are strictly adhered to. This trip takes place on the ancestral lands of the Northern Paiute peoples.
Trip participants should be adults who enjoy dirt road driving, spending a day on their feet out in the elements and are down to camp in dry desert places. All genders and vehicle types welcome. Trip runs rain or shine!
Virgin Valley weather: Average June high 75°F and a low of 54°F. The chance that it could rain on this trip is 25%.
Cancellation policy: A full refund will be given if a participant cancels 3 weeks or more before the start date of the trip. Cancellation made within the 3 week window closer to the trip will be given full credit towards a future trip, but no refunds will be made. Please consider this before signing up.
Alison reserves the right to postpone and cancel trips if natural disasters such as wildfires, wildfire smoke, earthquakes or floods jeopardize group safety. In this scenario, all trip members will be given full credit towards a future trip. Alison does her best to schedule trips outside of wildfire season.