Arriving at Death Valley by "Emigrant pass" was certainly more impressive for the first immigrants that arrived there. Now, an excellent paved road offers a comfortable access and though the mountains... more
So much is on the east, north and south sides of DV. What about the westside? Well there are canyons and ghost towns there as well. Happy Canyon is near the ghost town of Ballarat. Maybe a 3 mile hike... more
It appears the valley is still rich with borates minerals, which in turn the boron comes from. Borates are minerals containing boron, fifth element on Periodic Table, trace amounts exist in rock,... more
For years did a guy live and work all by himself in the heart of the desert, looking for gold. He made about 175.000 dollars..during his whole life. Not very impressive perhaps, but the mines are... more
Part of Death Valley National Park, Panamint Valley lies west of Death Valley and features a perfectly straight road down one side of the mountains for about 6 miles, across the dunes of the valley... more
This building is the oldest in Death Valley. Originally it was an office, a bunk house and the ore-checking station for the Borax miners.
It has been moved from Twenty Mule Team Canyon to Furnace... more
Teakettle Junction (elevation 4,150 feet). The sign marking the junction is decorated with several old teakettles, cups, an electrical outlet and coffee pots. An iced tea sure would have hit the spot... more
Perhaps one of the coolest sights in the park, but it is not easy to find! First, you have to watch for a turnoff just west of Panamint. There's no sign, just a road that wraps around the mountain.... more
Wildrose Canyon is located off Hwy 178 just past Stovepipe Wells. It is a beautiful drive along a winding and narriow road through the canyon which leads to Mahogany Flat, the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns... more
If you drive all the way to the western side of the park, past Panamint Springs, you can climb to a mountainside turnout and see a small monument and walk to this overlook. In all honesty, it's not so... more
Eurika valley is lower in elevation than Immigrant Pass and thus some vegetation comes back. That cannot bare the name of meadow, there are scattered bushes which apparently are enough for cows to... more
Mesquite Junction is higher in elevation, the soil is less salty and plants succeed in growing, though the environment remains very hostile and few are the species that can handle it ! They are called... more
The name isn't exactly inspiring, but if you do only one hike while in Death Valley, make it this one. The views are unbelievable. The golden slanting rock walls intersperced with various shades of... more
Death Valley has a lot of superlatives associated with it: Hottest; driest; lowest. It is the hottest place in North America because of its low elevation and the surrounding mountains recirculate the... more
Here you can see what the Salt Pinnacles at Badwater look like. They are formed when salt in solution rises from the water table. On reaching the surface, the water evaporates and the salt, which is... more
The kilns were designed by Swiss engineers and constructed by Chinese laborers. It was closed after only 3 years of production. Due to their brief life and remote location, these kilns may be the... more
Death Valley has a lot of superlatives associated with it: Hottest; driest; lowest. It is the hottest place in North America because of its low elevation and the surrounding mountains recirculate the...
Death Valley is the largest National Park of mainland USA. It has stunning landscapes such as Zabriski point, shown here. The name of Death Valley might have been coined for better marketing by tour...
Death Valley is known for being one of the hottest and driest regions in North America. It receives about 2" of rain annually. It is also a land of contrasts and extremes. It not only has the hottest...