Exploration of St.Thomas ghost town

Hey guys, just want to let you know we are going to Overton, NV to check out this ghost town! Will be an exciting exploration and I will have photos and video footage of this once thriving town! So please tell people about this site as we go to great places! Stay posted on my Facebook channel for new posts!We will let you know when this exploration will happen ok! I am also hoping to see Las Vegas this Christmas!!!

Happy holidays!

Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

The Petroglyphs of Honey Bee Canyon Park

Entrance into this fascinating park full of ancient Hohokam petroglyphs!

First I want you to know the difference between a pictograph and a petroglyphs! A petroglyphs is scratching or chipping into rocks. Pictographs are actual paintings using color dyes the Hohokam Indians made! (Read my article on Hohokam, the best irrigation farmers)

When I found out that I could have easy access to some petroglyphs, and walk our dog, I was ecstatic!!! Oro Valley is not to far from where I live. I am gonna give you some history on Oro Valley first.Oro valley means Valley of gold in Spanish and has been inhabited by different native tribes. The First people who lived in the Honeybee were the Hohokam Indians,. Archaeologists state they lived in the area from 450-1250. It has about 19 large mounds surrounding a plaza, a ball court and an wall. There are as many as up to 800 domestic houses present at the site!

Petroglyphs in the honey bee park in Oro Valley.
There are lots of trails you can walk on, if you want to see these amazing pectroglyphs, go north on the honey bee trail.
You can’t get lost with signs!

Address is 13880 Rancho Vistoso

To get to the canyon , go to the end of concrete walkway, about a 2 mile roundtrip on flat ground and go through the short tunnel. To see the petroglyphs go right at the end of the walkway, a one mile hike and you will see the petroglyphs on the rocks.

As always use common sense when exploring, always tell someone where your going, bring a friend or dog, lots of water, flashlight etc! Happy trails and stay safe!

Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it and share to your friends about this site! Happy exploring!

Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

Hohokam, the greatest irrigation farmers of the Desert! – Desertexplorations.com

Hohokam, the greatest irrigation farmers of the Desert! – Desertexplorations.com
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Off-roading the East 96 Ranch Trail in Florence, Az!

Off-roading the East 96 Ranch Trail in Florence, Az!

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Off-roading the East 96 Ranch Trail in Florence, Az!

I read the reviews about this off-roading experience and decided we gotta try this road out! We went west on U.S. route 79 , also known as Pinal pioneer parkway towards Florence, Az, go up and take a right onto East 96 Ranch Rd. And you will see a lot of Cholla, Saguaro, Creosote bushes along this well maintained dirt rd.

If you watched my video, you will see we pulled over on the right to go explore the old adobe house. Yes, I took a ton of pictures of this abandoned ranch! First, is the adobe homestead.

Right back side of the house
Under this dirt hill is a bunker and or storage room
Pretty dark inside
Underground bunker or storage room

I think this adobe house must have been beautiful way back, looks like it was built in the 1930-1940 era. Fascinating, in my opinion.

Ok, so across the road on the left, you will find another house that’s falling apart, here’s the photos

This was once a barn, now its dissipating into mother earths natural elements.

Wow, what a fun off roading experience


This is a great place to explore, unfortunately I can’t find out who owned this ranch, but I am sure it was a great ranch at one time!

After exploring this abandoned ranch, we decided to keep driving up North on this road

If your looking to go hiking, here ya go! The Arizona trail is out here!
I was so curious where this road went, and then finally I saw something familiar! The Hayden smelters are way off in the background!
What????!!!! Is this Dudleyville coming up!!!
Trees align along the San Pedro River, gorgeous!
Fall colors are stunning in the sunlight! What a fun experience this was! So, if you want to try it, and enjoy the Arizona desert fully , do this road!

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Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth!

St.Thomas ghost town in Nevada

A dramatic height of water of 60 ft came toppling over this ghost town out in the middle of the desert in the 1930’s. The town of St.Thomas is now exposed to the harsh desert heat and its buildings are now visible. Quite fascinating! It was once a Mormon settlement back in 1865.Once a place for people to stop between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. If you go to Lake Mead, you may see the remnants of this ghost town !

Go look at the northern part of the park, Overton Arm which goes into Lake Mead, so if your going to Lake Mead, the water is very low right now, you should check it out.

It’s probably real muddy, so be very careful out there!
What a great exploration this will be!!!

At the peak of this town their was up to 500 peaople. The settlers loved the soil for farming. The last resident who eventually left by boat was Hugh Lord in 1938 when the water hit and rose up his door. Can’t imagine the anguish the people of this town went through watching the buildings and houses going under water, sad😢😩😭😭 I want you to see some of the old photos of this town!

This was the Gentry hotel building
The Gentry schoolhouse
Some residents of St.Thomas
The general store
Owners of the house return to see what’s left
People in boats came back to salvage what they could

I would also like to add before the settlers came here, the ancient Pueblo’s s lived here. So, there may also be ancient remnants left from them as well!

This would definately be on my list to explore for sure! I hope you enjoyed this article and happy holidays, please share and subscribe for more great places to explore!


Vanessa Rossi-Sondgeroth

New 16 oz Cinnamon & Vanilla scented soy Rossi candle now up for purchase!

You can also buy the fall coasters to go with it!
I put mini pine cone in it, you can take it out before lighting it, this is just adding some beauty .
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