Photo Tours may be scheduled June first to late October
depending on weather
and other factors.
In most cases, a picnic lunch and beverages will be provided. Please let us know of any special dietary needs. Vegan, Veg, or Omnivore?
Arla M. Ruggles
HC 33 Box 33670
Cherry Creek -
Ely, NV 89301



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Welcome to The Big Empty!

Visitors to this area may be surprised by the abundance of wildlife - and water - to be found in hidden canyons and remote valleys, far from the main highways. Viewing opportunities vary depending on the season, prevailing weather, and even the time of day, but Nevada's back country offers photo opportunities not found anywhere else in the US.

Over the years,it has been my profound pleasure to introduce guests from all over the world to the hidden wonders that rural Nevada holds.





More than half of all free-roaming horses remaining in the wild, live in Nevada. Central eastern Nevada contains the largest designated herd areas in the World.
If prevailing trends continue, these wild ones may disappear from the natural landscape within a decade.
Wild horse advocates will find a valuable resource in my knowledge of the area, and local herds.
Rove along with me into the high desert, as we follow some of the last truly wild horses in WILD HORSE COUNTRY.



The first settlers arrived in this area during the late 1860's. Many of the original settlements were abandoned, leaving only log and stone remains.

Urban exploration more your gig?
Hold onto your hardhat!

Rove with me in search of


What to expect:

Even in the warmest summer months, it can get cold in the higher elevations. Nevada weather can change quickly, so it is just good sense to prepare for as many contingencies as possible.


What to bring: 

A hat, sturdy hiking boots (even if you don't plan on hiking); a warm jacket, extra socks, and gloves. Extra drinking water and a few energy bars are always a good idea.

Need we mention? Please wear long pants and appropriate footwear. Stickers and sharp things are inevitable, and snakes a possibility.

In summer, apply sunblock as you see fit, and consider carrying mosquito repellant.