Deep in the Nevada wilderness, reached by the rugged Golden Butte Road, lies a breathtaking area that few people know about. These places have many names such as Little Finland, Devil’s Fire, Elf’s Playground and many more. Wind and water have carved their sculptures here for millions of years, transforming the sandstone rock into fantastic figures that are unlikely to be found anywhere else.
Like a bizarre mirage, fiery sandstone fins and mythical creatures emerge from the desert floor. If you turn on your imagination, you can see here the faces of people and wild animals formed by sandstone. All this adds to the mystique and makes these places an excellent platform for photographs. Some of the sculptures even have their own names, such as Ancient Elephant, Little Dinosaur or Big Nose.
This region was called little Finland because these places partly resemble the mountain landscapes of this northern country. Most of these figures were formed millions of years ago, but the process is still ongoing, and perhaps, after several millennia, many new sculptures will be added here, which will be admired by our distant descendants.
Little Finland is located about 50 kilometers south of Mesquite. Unfortunately, or fortunately, it is very difficult to reach these places. You will need an all-wheel drive vehicle with high cross-country ability, capable of overcoming very difficult off-road conditions. There are no gas stations, eateries and even road signs here. Perhaps this allowed the sculptures to be preserved intact.
These places are not listed as tourist attractions, local authorities forbid many tourists from coming here due to the extreme fragility of the rock formations, which can be easily destroyed by negligence.
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