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All Photographs Brian & Nancy Morganti


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Mesquite Dunes - Zabriskie Point -20 Mule Team Canyon - Daylight Pass

Corkscrew Peak - Rhyolite Ghost Town - Mosaic Canyon

March 2010

March 10, 2010

Nancy and I wanted to visit Zabriskie Point at sunrise, but we became briefly side-tracked along the way as the early morning sun began to light up the Mesquite Sand Dunes, but  it was worth it!  The dunes lie just northeast of Stovepipe Wells and rise to a height of about 140' above their base level which is located near sea-level. We didn't linger too long since we were planning to hike these dunes the following morning.  We then spent the next hour or so enjoying the colorful furrowed hills and washes from Zabriskie Point.  From there we traveled a mile or so south to the Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road.  This one-way 2.9 mile dirt road offers numerous close-up views of colorful soils and rock similar to that seen from Zabriskie Point. 

We then had about an hour's drive north via the Beatty Cutoff Road and highway 374 to the town of Beatty and the ghost towns of Rhyolite and Bullfrog.  Along the way we stopped to marvel at Corkscrew Peak, a mountain peak that spirals cyclonically 5804' above sea-level.  We reached Rhyolite by late morning and spent the next couple of hours roaming around the town's remaining concrete structures.  Rhyolite's population briefly spiked as high as 10,000 very early in the 20th century.  It had a rail station with three rail lines, two banks, and even a jailhouse!  At an elevation of 3678', we found ourselves braving the cold wind and snow showers before finishing up our visit to the nearby Bottle House, which was built with nearly 30,000 bottles in the early 1900's.  Right across the street is the neighboring "town" of Bullfrog, which is nothing more than a couple of old wood-frame structures. 

After having a late lunch in Beatty, NV we headed back south for an afternoon hike in the Mosaic Canyon just south of Stovepipe Wells.  The first part of the canyon offers an array of highly polished rock breccias and white marble that curve through the narrows. The smooth rock canyon walls found here were polished by rushing water and beg to be touched. The canyon then opens up into a large amphitheater after about a 45-minute hike. This is about as far as we got, but for someone having a whole day to explore the canyon, the narrows start again beyond the amphitheater and then open up one more time before becoming very narrow for the final leg of the canyon, about a 9-mile hike in total. Our last stop was at Stovepipe Well, an actual well that was marked by a stovepipe and gave the town its name.  The sun had set and the sand was blowing across the Mesquite Sand Dunes giving us just enough time for a quick photo-op before calling it a day.

 


Death Valley - Mesquite Dunes

 


Death Valley - Mesquite Dunes

 


Death Valley - Mesquite Dunes

 


Death Valley - Zabriskie Point

 


Death Valley - Zabriskie Point

 


Death Valley - Zabriskie Point

 


Death Valley - Zabriskie Point

 


Death Valley - Zabriskie Point

 


Death Valley - 20 Mule Team Canyon

 


Death Valley - 20 Mule Team Canyon

 


Death Valley - 20 Mule Team Canyon

 


Death Valley - 20 Mule Team Canyon

 


Death Valley - Daylight Pass

 


Death Valley - Corkscrew Peak

 


Death Valley - Corkscrew Peak

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Downtown

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - School

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - School Building

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - School Building Interior Ruins

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Bank Building

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Bank Building - Rear View

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Bank Building

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Railroad Depot

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Ruins

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Porter Brothers Store

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Miner Shack

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Miner Shack Interior

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Miner Shack & Rusted Tin Cans

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Jailhouse

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Jailhouse Window

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Jailhouse Door


Death Valley - Rhyolite - Jailhouse View


 

Death Valley - Rhyolite Mercantile

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite Mercantile & Bottle House

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite Bottle House

 


Death Valley - Rhyolite Caboose - Former Gas Station

 


Death Valley - Town of Bullfrog


Death Valley - Town of Bullfrog - Interior Remnants

 


Death Valley - Entering Mosaic Canyon - Nancy

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - Canyon Wall Strata

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - Conglomerates on Canyon Wall

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - Narrows

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - Polished Water Slide

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - Grotto

 


Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - Nancy Exciting Canyon

 


Death Valley - Mesquite Dunes - Evening Winds

 

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