I had a few odds and ends from our recent trip to Death Valley NP that I thought I would share. I hope you enjoy the pictures and notes from each:
Ashford Mill was our first stop in Death Valley NP. It was notable for that reason. We were really excited to get out of the car.
We had an interesting encounter with a strangely friendly coyote on Hwy 178 in the southern portion of the park. We stopped so we wouldn’t hit it, and it then tried to follow us down the road. We joked that it was either Wile E. Coyote dazed from one of his crashes or more likely folks had been feeding him and he was now mostly tame.
Badwater Basin is a real highlight of Death Valley NP. It is amazing how far out the salt flat extends. The juxtaposition between the valley floor and the snowcapped Telescope Peak is breathtaking.
The Devils Golf Course is an odd feature very near Badwater Basin. The sign says these features were formed by wind and rain. They are surprisingly high, maybe 12-18 inches off of the ground.
Close up picture of the salt crystals at The Devils Golf Course.
This panoramic picture from Dante’s View doesn’t do the actual view justice. Get up here at sunrise or sunset for amazing views.
The Ubehebe Crater area is a must see at Death Valley. This series of volcanic craters dating back about 2000 years is a fun place to hike. You can easily access each of the craters in this area by a series of trails. I think this crater pictured is of Little Ubehebe Crater. The largest crater (Ubehebe) is 1/2 a mile across and 500 feet deep.
The long road leaving away from Stovepipe Wells heading west.
If you enjoyed this, please take a look at several of our “Sunday Hikes” features from our time in Death Valley NP. Thank you! rk