Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

In 2009, we visited what was to become one of our top five favorite parks. We lived in Southern California from 1985-89 when we were stationed at El Toro but never went to DVNP. I know we visited a couple of other parks then, but did not as much as we could have. Money was a lot tighter back in the 80s/90s for the Fullerton’s. I’d have to say that I did love the Diego Wild Animal Park in 1988.

Zabriskie Point is quite

Here is an article from Death Valley written by McKenna Mobley with the Travel Lemming.

Grapevine Mountains was published by National Geographic in 2016
Grapevine Mountains was a shot I took a few years ago. It was published by National Graphic in 2016. 🙂 Love NatGeo!
Storm approaching Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes on Easter Sunday
This photo was used by the Dept of Interior to refute a Yahoo article about DVNP being one of the 5 worst national parks. How cool was that?!
Dante’s View is a wonderful place to catch your breath and relax in the evening.
Eureka Dunes in 2015
Artist Drive
is a another great place to stop. Doesn’t it look like a multi scoop sundae? I’ll have mint chocolate, please.
This is the best place to cool your feet in Death Valley’s heat!
Indian paintbrush, a perennial herb that grows in rocky desert areas from 2-7000 ft. Indians may have used these for ornamentation, making soap and may have eaten the seeds.
Steve on a wall in Titus Canyon 2009 or 11.
Titus Canyon is a one-way drive. This shot was taken in March of 2013 and was a photo-packed visit to the valley. We returned and I drove though it alone in our Ford F150. I am not sure the road is open. from this site: Titus Canyon has it all—rugged mountains, colorful rock formations, a ghost town, petroglyphs, wildlife, rare plants and spectacular canyon narrows as a grand finale! Visitors to Titus Canyon often include a stop at Rhyolite ghost town before starting the one-way drive. Don’t expect solitude on this trip. Titus Canyon is the most popular back-country road in Death Valley National Park.

  • Vehicle needed: Two-wheel-drive, high-clearance recommended; four-wheel-drive may be needed after adverse weather conditions. Two-way section from west OK for two-wheel-drive, standard clearance vehicles.
  • Distance: 27 miles; last 3 miles on west end are two-way
  • Time needed: 2 to 3 hours
  • Start: Nevada Highway 374 (Daylight Pass Road), 2 miles east of park boundary Road
  • Conditions: One-way road from east; this dirt road is rough, steep and narrow; often closed due to snow, mud, or wash outs; two-way section from west is graded dirt road.
  • Warnings: Infrequently patrolled, summer travel not advised. Canyon prone to flash flooding, avoid entering when rain threatens. Ask at ranger stations for current road and weather conditions.

Titanothere Canyon
From Highway 374 the one-way road heads west across the Amargosa Valley and climbs into the Grapevine Mountains. At White Pass it enters upper Titanothere Canyon. Colorful rock deposits along this section contain fossil beds 30-35 million years old. The fossil skull of a huge, rhino-like titanothere was found here in 1933.
Titanothere Canyon Hike: Those wanting to explore the remote lower reaches of Titanothere Canyon may park where the road crosses the second fork of the drainage. Lostman Spring is a good goal about 4.5 miles down-canyon.

Red Pass (5250’elev.)
The highest point on the road is this divide between Titanothere and Titus Canyons. Stop to enjoy the grand view in both directions.
Thimble Peak Hike: This 6381′ peak is the most prominent in the southern end of the Grapevine Mountains. Although not visible from Red Pass, it provides the easiest access. From the left bank of the road-cut, make your way south along rounded ridges. Thimble Peak soon comes into view across a saddle. Climb the north face to the summit.

The ghost town of Leadfield “boomed” for less than a year in 1926-27 because the lead deposits bottomed out quickly. All that is left today are a few shacks and a number of mines. Many of the mines are open, but enter at your own risk. Loose rocks, rotten timbers, unexpected vertical shafts, and animals seeking shelter are potential hazards.

Pretty Primrose along the road
Notch-Leaf Phaecelia
White Pass
Sliding stop at The Racetrack
At the Ubehebe Crater and was it every windy!

The Last Supper is just beyond the ghost town of Rhyolite.
Joshua Tree in DVNP Lee Flat area
Ballaret Ghost Town was an unexpected gem we visited in 2009. This is George Novak who has since passed. His son, Rock, is now the mayor of Ballaret. We met him back in February of 2009. The dog’s name is Potlicker. George would not smile at me when I was holding my camera. I went behind and got this shot, which is a better one. I don’t blame him. I don’t like having my picture taken either

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