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Keeler - Cerro Gordo

Eureka Dunes in Evening Light

March 2010

March 14, 2010

Our first stop was to the largely abandoned town of Keeler, CA which is located on the eastern shore of Owens Lake.  During the 1920's water was diverted from Owens Lake to Los Angeles causing the lake to dry up, resulting in alkali dust storms blasting through Keeler and eventually driving the residents away.  It is quite apparent this town has seen better days! 

From Keeler we climbed high into the Inyo mountains to visit the old mining town of Cerro Gordo which looks down on the Owens Valley from an elevation of 9,000'.  A small fee was required for a guided tour of all the old ruins and buildings, but learning all about the history of Cerro Gordo was well worth the price.  We finished our day in a remote section of northern Death Valley N.P at the Eureka Sand Dunes which are located in the Eureka Valley.  Although these dunes only cover about 3 square miles, they rise to a height of 680' above the surrounding valley floor, making them one of the highest dune fields in North America.  What makes these dunes even more special is that they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone walls of the Last Chance Mountains which rise another 4,000' above the valley floor.  As the sun dipped below the horizon we found a high point near the dunes from which to enjoy the pristine night sky. 


Keeler, CA - Keeler Beach for a Fun Day!

 


Keeler, CA - Keeler Gas Station

 


Keeler, CA - Keeler Pool

 


Keeler, CA - Keeler Pool House

 


Cerro Gordo - Old Mining Town 9,000' Elevation

 


Cerro Gordo - Old Mining Town Remnants

 


Cerro Gordo - Looking down into Owens Lake

 


Cerro Gordo - Old Mining Town Remnants

 


Cerro Gordo - Hotel Interior

 


Cerro Gordo - Hotel Gambling Table

 


Cerro Gordo - The Road Up...

 


Cerro Gordo - The Road Down...

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - First Look

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Evening Light

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Zodiacal Light

 

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Star Trails in Northeast Sky

 


Death Valley - Eureka Dunes - Star Trails in Southern Sky

 

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