One cannot also see, if not actually go into, the derelict old buildings that I think were left over from the borax company-town days, when this place housed workers for the company.
This is a fascinating place to visit, an unexpected spot of culture and artistic enthusiasm in the middle of the desert. In 1967, one woman took over what was at the time an abandoned old hotel, workers' complex and theatre built by the local borax company in the 1920s, and began operating the hotel, turning the theatre into her personal opera house. She did performances until the beginning of 2012 and painted the inside with murals.
I am guessing that in 1967 when Martha Beckett first had an opera house and hotel built in Death Valley Junction there was more here. Today Death Valley Junction is little more than a ghost town; but the bright white-washed buildings of the Amargosa Hotel and Opera House are still here shining birght in the fierce desert sun. The buildings look out of place. If you are traveling on this side of death Valley National Park, stop for a unique expereince. There are still shows going on here, and the hotel still has rooms for rent.
608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley Junction, California, 92328, United States
Good for: Solo