We visited our last true earthwork today - Michael Heizer’s Double Negative. It was definitely an adventure on top of the mesa. These are the driving directions we followed and a photo of those from google maps.
“Some walking in rocky, sandy terrain is required, so you should be prepared for exposure to desert temperatures, which can run up to 120 degrees in the summer.BRING EXTRA WATER AND WEAR GOOD WALKING SHOES.
The mostly unpaved road to Double Negative is most easily traveled from Overton. Overton can be reached via I-15 Exit 93 - NV Hwy 169 - towards Logandale/Overton. Overton is approximately 65 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is approximately 11 miles south-east of I-15 on NV Hwy 169.
NV Hwy 169 is known as Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton. At the intersection of NV Hwy 169 and Cooper Street, turn north onto Cooper Street. If you are coming from I-15, this is a turn to the left.
Follow Cooper Street up the hill until you hit the Overton Airport (marked on the map above). At the airport, turn right onto Mormon Mesa Road.
Continue on Mormon Mesa Road towards the large mesa ahead of you. This is theMormon Mesa, or Virgin River Mesa. The road is only partially paved; most of the rest of the way it is graded gravel. Follow Mormon Mesa Road to the top of the mesa.
As you come to the top of the mesa (marked “Mesa Edge” on the map), you will pass a cattle guard. Continue east across the mesa for 2.7 miles. Do NOT leave the mesa. If you are descending down the east edge of the Mesa, you have gone too far.
Just before you come across a second cattle guard (marked “Cattle Guard” on the map) at the east edge of the mesa, there will be a less-traveled road that extends along the rim of the mesa. Turn left onto this rim road and follow it north 1.3 miles.
After 1.3 miles on the rim road, park your vehicle. Walk east towards the rim of the mesa until you find the earthwork. You should be within 50 yards of the earthwork.
Part of the beauty of earthworks lies in their natural surroundings. Please do not disturb the desert ecosystem found around Double Negative. The surrounding area is public land belonging to the Bureau of Reclamation or the Bureau of Land Management. Collecting or distrubing plants, fossils, or artifacts on this land is prohibited.”
We had another really long day starting at 5am. Sun Tunnels were wonderful. We were all surprised at how much we connected with the space and the work.
We were also surprised by about a thousand sheep on the gravel road leading to the work. We stopped and let them pass for about 30 minutes before finding a gap and continuing down the road. We joked about seeing them on the way back and this is what we saw….
We promise to do proper updates on Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels as soon as we have the time to properly do so! Until then…shhheeeeeeeeeep.