This 1500 acre open area consists mainly of desert sand washes with small trees and shrubs and some short rocky climbs offering scenic views of the valley and river.

Camping is not permitted, but there are countless motels, RV and camping resorts along the access road both to the north and south, as well as to the east on the opposite bank of the river. The staging area has parking, vault toilets, loading ramps and a kiosk with a basic trail map. Area is open year-round, and closes daily at dusk.