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Racetrack Playa

Racetrack Playa

No one knows for sure how these rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds, move across this dry lake bed. We do know that when wet, this playa lake bed become slick, and with high winds, it might be possible for these rocks to slide across the lake bed. All we know for certain is that the tracks left by these “moving rocks” is proof that they do move. If you are a photographer or just like to enjoy strange natural wonders, the Racetrack will soon become one of your favorite places.

Old Spanish Trail

Old Spanish Trail

The Old Spanish Trail, used mainly between 1830 and 1850, was built on a network of Native American trading routes. The trail was used to transport horses, goods and travelers between coastal Spanish settlements near Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is now a National Historic Trail with a local chapter group.

Maturango Museum (Eastern Sierra)

Maturango Museum (Eastern Sierra)

The Maturango Museum, founded in 1962, is an important educational and cultural resource in Ridgecrest, CA. Stop at the Museum and satisfy your curiosity about the Indian Wells Valley, the Northern Mojave Desert, and Eastern California.

Exibits include the area’s history, geology, minerals, plants and animals. Native American exhibits include basketry, extensive petrogpyphs and more. We also offer a Museum Store and Vistors Center for Death Valley and the Northern Mojave Desert.

Goldwell Open Air Museum

Goldwell Open Air Museum

Just outside of Rhyolite, Nevada, a spectacular ghost town off the road leading to Death Valley, California, a group of prominent Belgian artists, led by the late Albert Szukalski, created a self-described art situation consisting of seven outdoor sculptures that are colossal not only in their scale, but in their placement within the vast upper Mojave desert. The Sculpture Park is open for viewing 24/7.

Another part of Goldwell Museum is the nearby Red Barn Art Center, which hosts resident artists by invitation, art workshops, theatrical events, and an art gallery. Since the residency program began, new sculptures now appear in the park as well.

Dublin Caves

Dublin Caves

At the Shoshone Museum, you can pick up a self guided walking tour and map, and enjoy the historic buildings, the Shoshone cemetery, and the Dublin Caves. The caves were carved out of the clay hills to be homes for prospectors in the area. Some were more elaborate, and had multiple rooms and stories. A three mile trail follows the bluffs overlooking Lake Tecopa, or you can follow a trail behind the Museum along the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad grade.

Devils Golf Course

Devils Golf Course

Devil’s Golf Course is part of a salt pan covering over two hundred square miles. It is made of sodium chloride (table salt) and etched by the forces of erosion, even as pressure from growing salt crystals forces more salt to the surface. A short walk through this mind-boggling landscape gives you a true feel for the remoteness and harshness of this environment.

The turn off to the Devil’s Golf Course is located 13 miles from the park visitor center on Badwater Road. The parking area is almost 1.5 miles down the dirt road; this road is maintained and usable by most vehicles.

Death Valley National Park – South

Death Valley National Park – South

Adventures abound in Death Valley for every traveler. Enjoy some of the world’s best hiking through mosaic canyons and strange and colorful badlands. View the entire valley panorama from 5,425 above, at Dante’s View. Visit the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at the crusty Badwater salt flats. Photographers love the birds and wild life, and amazing desert colors at Artist’s Drive, Golden Canyon, or Zabriskie Point. Spring wildflowers appear in different areas between January and April depending on rainfall, and extend into the mountains through August. Experience the 1800s with a visit to the Furnace Creek Ranch, including the Borax Museum. The four-diamond Furnace Creek Inn resort opened in 1927, and every detail comes with a story. Enjoy modern amenities too, with a golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, great dining, saloons and gift shops. New in 2008: the largest private solar panel array in the U.S. Annual special events include the 49ers Reenactment, Art Shows and Astronomy events.

Death Valley National Park – North and West

Death Valley National Park – North and West

Near Stovepipe Wells, giant sand dunes ripple in the wind. Further north, enjoy living history tours at Scotty’s Castle. Nearby Ubehebe Crater, or “Wosa”, Coyote’s Burden Basket, is where traditional stories of the Timbisha Shoshone say their life began here. The adventurous tourist may continue on to Racetrack Playa to solve the mystery of travelling stones, or to the Eureka Dunes. Hotter months are a great time to travel up into the Panamint Range to visit Telescope Peak, the Charcoal Kilns or hike the Wildrose Peak trail. Bird watching, photography and hiking opportunities are all around. Many side canyons throughout the Park entice with waterfalls, petroglyphs, wild life and more. Some can be driven, and some are best on foot.

Dante’s View

Dante’s View

At over five thousand feet, Dante’s View, is almost directly across the valley from Telescope Peak. Dante’s View gives you a complete view of the valley below, including Badwater. Sunrise is one of the best times to visit Dante’s View, with the sun moving across the salt pan and lighting up the mountain across the valley. It is accessed from Highway 190, between Zabriski Point and Death Valley Junction.

China Ranch Date Farm

China Ranch Date Farm

China Ranch is a family owned date farm and hidden oasis steeped in the area’s past. Browse through the cactus nursery, bakery and gift shop. Experience spectacular scenery, birding opportunities, railroad and mining history. Miles of easy trails await the visitor to China Ranch. Choose among home grown dates and other California varieties. Try a frosty date shake or delicious date nut bread, muffins or cookies, or take home a unique handcrafted gift. The Old Spanish Trail and Amargosa Canyon are also accessible from here. Visiting China Ranch can be a wonderful one day adventure or highlight of any trip to Death Valley.