Fish Slough Road

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Fish Slough Road takes you on a trip through the ages. Volcanic rock lines the road to the south as you go through the Volcanic Tablelands BLM Park. The rock rises from the Earth in long, flat table-like formations called mesas.

In the middle and northern part of the trail, the arid terrain of the Owens Valley gives way to spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and The White Mountains to the east.

The road itself is in good condition. It’s a graded dirt road with a couple of sandy spots, but nothing any high-clearance 2WD vehicle can’t handle. Unless there is a bad storm, the road can get washed away and very sandy, so check conditions before going.

Around the halfway mark are the Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs, a short walk from the road. This historic landmark of rock art is believed to date back at least 3500 years. They were created by ancestors of the Paiute-Shoshone peoples. The Red Canyon petroglyphs are also on this trail, which requires a short hike.

Chidago Flats and Casa Diablo trails meet up with Fish Slough and are just as incredible and worth the drive, especially driving through the slot canyon in Chidago Flats.