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Ranger Ric

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Last time I walked the artesian road from the well back to the springs, I was dropped of by Dottie, I found my head below grade in some parts of the road.  My head at the time stands over six feet above the ground. The ruts were so deep that one would of have to had a lift on your frame of your vehicle off the ground  by three feet or so.  This would of been a good reason to not drive this road anymore.  Plus during any wet season, it would of been very muddy.

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Now that you mention it, River Rat, I also remember a time when there was a BLM ranger trailer at the artisian well.  I thought the closure of the old lakebed road took place in the early 80s because I stopped using it back in those days and began using the Bat Road.  
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I believe that road (the section connecting the artesian well to the Bat Road) was closed by the NPS.  I was on it in BLM days, remember we were scraping the axles of the jeep on the center because the ruts were so deep.  Lots of fine dust, that got in everything, never went on it again.  I have been to the artesian well from the Saline Valley RD (the main road) since, out and back.  Remember a burro bog, lots of mud and burro exhaust.  Believe the BLM had a ranger trailer there? 

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I used to occasionally get water at the artesian well.  I imagine it is what the poster is referring to.  Long ago a primitive road to the hot springs left Saline Valley Road just beyond the north end of the lake and headed directly for the hot springs, passing through the dried mud in the margins of the old lake.  The artesian well was a left hand turn a mile or so beyond that junction. Twin ruts entered into an area of trees, somewhat taller than the mesquite that abound in that area.  The trees are possibly cottonwoods, and they mark the end of the tire ruts and offer a nice shady place to hang out on hot days.  Close to the trees there is a marshy-looking area with a foot path leading to a pipe with fresh water flowing out.  I haven't been by in years but the water was sweet and we used it when we ran low on fresh water.  The old road to the hot springs eventually eroded well-below the surface of the dried lakebed, making it hard to see.  It was also so badly rutted that my car was scraping the road surface with the wheels deep in the ruts.  Sometime in the early '80's the road was permanently closed beyond the turnoff to the artesian well and the Bat Rock Road came into use.  The old primitive road from the lake is still there, but not used.  It meets the Bat Rock Road close to the Mesquite dunes, where the metal pipe with hanging bat symbols is located today.  I would not attempt to use the old road to get to the artesian well directly from the hot springs and I cannot vouch for the purity of the water.  Go around the dunes and head towards the lake if you want to check it out.  It is a nice little spot.
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Look on Google Earth and navigate to 36 deg. 41 min. 47.21 sec. North, and 117 deg. 49 min. 48.47 West.  That is the location of the concrete pool you're looking for.  The water comes from a spring in Hunter Canyon and is piped down into the tank.  It's good fresh water and there's plenty of it.  I would suggest filtering it if you're going to drink very much of it though.

Last time I went to the Artesian Well, the burros had reduced it to a muddy damp area covered in burro shit.
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Yep. I was looking for some water that I didn't have to filter and I have used that well before with no problem. Went up the road and had a little trouble finding the well. I found the steel casing. It looked like the PVC riser pipe had been removed. There was standing water around the well but no flow from the casing. The reference to the well had also been removed from the sign post that says "end of the road at 1.1 mile"
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Ranger Ric

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Hi Mitch, If you checked on the artesian well in the trees this pass december, I haven't been there for at least a couple of years.  Although, I had to check twice to find the well last time b/c it was well hidden. No pool or puddling around source. I think we are talking about the same well.  Although, there is a water source at the very old concrete square  pond.  There was a picture of this very recently on this site.  Plus most of the canyons probably has enough water to pump.
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Obviously meant Saline Valley Road. Stoopid spell czecher.
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Seattle Mitch

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Hey Ric,

Are you talking about that well that used to be marked "artesian well" on the sign that leads from Celine Valley Road? If so on my most recent trip to Saline (during December) I noticed that the sign has been removed and the well was no longer flowing.

If you're actually thinking about a different well, pardon my interruption.

-Mitch.

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Ranger Ric

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Look for the big trees just north of Salt Lake.  Take the old closed diagonal road to the springs & you will run right into the trees.
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Hello all;

I've heard rumors of some sort of (drinkable) well water or spring source near Salt Lake. Does anyone have any information they'd be willing to share regarding this? Even if I have to filter it, that's fine. I'm just looking for some kind of reliable source in that area. I'll be riding a bicycle through there and would like to find a source I can use to make the distance.  Thanks in advance!

Kristen
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