Just minutes down Clover Canyon, to the northwest of town, is Barnes Canyon. The area has a unique landscape dominated by muted green pinion-juniper forests covering jagged limestone slopes. The TeePee Rocks, white-colored, tent-like formations, are the signature features of the canyon, striking a sharp contrast against the almost-daily, bluebird skies. The current offering of trails takes you around, through and under these geologic features, showcasing the strange beauty that Barnes has to offer. With more singletrack in the works, there is no doubt mountain bikers will have plenty more to discover in the coming years.
Caliente is a simple town - it has everything you need and nothing you don’t. There are a few hotels, a couple of restaurants serving hearty food, and a grocery store that will cover the spectrum of low budget to high maintenance food and supplies. If self-contained is your style, the surrounding BLM lands can offer you both solitude and quick access to recreation.
So what do you think? Summer is still a few months off. There is still time for one more spring road trip - don’t forget to make a stop in Caliente, Nevada.