Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest national park in the U.S. View from Zabriskie Point Part of Furnace Creek Wash
Love the angles of the rock formations Artist's Palette near sunset View along Artist's Drive
Devil's Golf Course A large salt pan on the floor of Death Valley. A guidebook said only the devil could play golf on the surface because of the rough texture. Close-up of one of the salt crystal formations that result in the rough looking surface
Looking out towards Mustard Canyon The Funeral Mountains View from the Harmony Borax Works
Storm clouds. It was actually raining that morning when I woke up at the Furnace Creek Ranch, which I sure as hell wasn't expecting. Mustard Canyon Mustard Canyon
Looking towards Tucki Mountain Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Good driving conditions Not so good
Ubehebe Crater The trail along the crater rim This and Scotty's Castle (bottom of page) were basically the only two things I could see the first day thanks to the sandstorm on the valley floor (driving through it in the pic above)
Terrain near Ubehebe Crater Badwater Basin, a salt flat Badwater Basin is also the lowest elevation in North America at 282 ft below sea level
Close-up of the salt flat surface See... it had rained that morning Walking out onto Badwater Basin
Salt crystals The entrance to Mosaic Canyon. Didn't even start the hike into the canyon until close to sunset. Hiking through Mosaic Canyon
The smooth marble walls of the Mosaic Canyon narrows. It's really smooth. Emerging out the other end of the canyon Blocky dolomite bedrock
The other end of the narrows. After that, it's just a normal looking canyon. Natural step Angled bedrock
Mosaic Canyon Mosaic Canyon Probably would have been nice to do this in the daytime, as opposed to as the sun was setting. Oh well...
Very cool hike Mosaic Canyon End of the hike, emerging from the canyon
Artist's Drive Artist's Drive Artists's Palette, where the different colors are caused by the oxidation of different metals
Red/Pink/Yellow = iron salts
Green = mica
Purple = manganese
Golden Canyon Angled bedrock in Golden Canyon
The scene in Star Wars where R2-D2 was rolling down a canyon and then was captured by Jawas was filmed in Golden Canyon Golden Canyon trail Definitely looks like Tatooine
Red Cathedral, at the end of the Golden Canyon trail Red Cathedral Golden Canyon walls
That's unfortunate Scotty's Castle, a Spanish Colonial villa inside the national park Courtyard
Built in 1922 by a Chicago millionaire at the urging of Walter Scott (aka Scotty), who was basically a con man. The main entrance Bedroom
Living room Dining room Scotty convinced people the dishes got this way by being left outside in the Death Valley heat for too long
Clock tower View of Scotty's Castle from a hill towards the back of the property I felt kinda bad that an actual park ranger had to dress up like that to give the guided tour

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