We only spent two nights near the ghost town at Harshaw, because of all the mine related traffic on the road past the camping areas.
This Conservation Area is a huge ranching area administered by BLM, containing the historic Empire Ranch. The original buildings have been maintained and restored, and are open to the public. Quite a few western movies were filmed at the ranch, including stars such as John Wayne, who stayed here while filming.
Most of the ranch area is open to dispersed camping, with the usual 14 day limit, and cattle still roam the range much as they have for well over a hundred years. Except now, they all have ear tags.
We came across a number of these strange contraptions, scattered across the grazing area, and after consulting with others, including some ranch hands who were servicing them we found out what they are for! They are filled with a molasses-like liquid, combined with nutrients and supplements for the cattle. On each corner is a large wheel, that the cattle lick to get at the stuff below!
And finally, the small holder to attach the airtag
to her collar, along with her tags, and two bells ... A bit more of a reasonable size package.
For some reason, I haven't seen a single lizard, till now. Not sure if it is too cold for them, or if we've just been camping in the wrong locations? This little guy I spotted laying upside down in a depression in the sand of the wash-showing his pale underside. I assumed it was dead, but when I flipped it over with a stick, it was very much alive, though it did not run away. Perhaps just getting thawed out from a long, cold sleep!