Death Valley

4 days in the desert

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Over spring break, my wife and I made the drive down to Death Valley. This is one of my parents’ favorite places to visit and I’ve repeatedly heard that we must check it out. Glad we did! We stayed four days and some of the highlights are posted below.

Golden Canyon Trail

This trail is a quick drive south of Furnace Creek and an excellent place to watch the sunset. We had the ridge completely to ourselves.

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20 Mule Team Canyon

Just on the other side of the Amargosa Range from the Golden Canyon Trail. It’s a short one-way drive and there are trails that go up the ridges.

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Dante’s View

We were en route to Greenwater Valley and stopped off here for the great view of the basin.

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Greenwater Valley

The road into Greenwater Valley isn’t too shabby and was an easy drive in the Subaru Forrester. We went back into Gold Valley and hiked through the Willow Springs gorge.

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Greenwater
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View from Greenwater
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On road to Gold Valley
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View into Gold Valley
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Hiking into Willow Springs
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Making a detour on Willow Springs hike
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Willow Springs

Devil’s Golf Course

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Natural Bridge Trail

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Lizard on Natural Bridge Trail

Queen of Sheba Lead Mine

The road up to this mine is pretty slow, but a nice view in the end.

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Flowering beavertail cactus
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Flowering beavertail cactus
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Queen of Sheba lead mine

Badwater Basin

Instead of hiking in from Badwater road, we took the West Side road and hiked into the basin from Tule Spring. There wasn’t a single person in sight.

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Artist’s Drive

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From the entrance of Artist’s Drive. Another great place to watch the sunset

North Side of Death Valley

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View north of Little Hebe Crater
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65 – 70 mile per hour winds
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The beginning of an epic sand storm

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