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
near Dragoon Arizona
Pictures like the one above make me think of some of the classic cartoons of my youth and the beautiful backdrops of the American West used by the cartoonists drawing my Saturday morning entertainment. I thought it would be interesting to try and identify the exact inspiration for some of my cartoon favorites.
Yogi Bear – Yellowstone National Park. That is obviously way too easy to identify. Jellystone = Yellowstone NP. Not to mention, what a great place to have a picnic.
Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner – Monument Valley. That beautiful background scenery must be Monument Valley in southern Utah. Interesting side note, Monument Valley is not part of the National Park system. It is actually a Navajo Tribal Park.
Speedy Gonzalez – Saguaro National Park. Every time you see Speedy you see those Saguaro cactus in the background. The Saguaro only grows from Tucson up to the Phoenix area.
Saguaro Cactus in Saguaro National Park
Scooby Doo, Where are You – California. The original hipster detectives must be from California. That whole first season in 1968-1969 was set in California including notable episodes like the Miner 49er, Foulplay in Funland, and the one with the ghost of Captain Cutler in that glowing deep sea dive suit.
Quick Draw McGraw – Southwest Texas. Probably near some abandoned ghost town between Big Bend and Guadalupe National Parks.
Honorable Mention: Bugs Bunny – Albuquerque NM. How can you forget Bugs making that wrong turn in Albuquerque.
Honorable Mention #2: Not a cartoon, but who hasn’t ridden Thunder Mountain at Disneyland or Disneyworld and not seen the resemblance to Bryce Canyon in Utah?
Honorable Mention #3: Not a cartoon of my youth, but the Disney made Cars movie with Lightning McQueen is set on old Hwy 66 somewhere in Arizona. Have you seen Cars Land at California Adventure? Wow!