So we are all settled in at Beatty RV just outside the entrance to Death Valley National Park. Beatty RV is a small private rv park about 3 miles from Beatty, Nevada. It is nice but right along the highway so we do get road noise.
While we don't travel with a bucket list, we do say if we had one it would be national parks. We had not planned on this stop earlier but figured that we were so close why not?
After setting up we had time to check out the ghost town of Rhyolite and the Goldwell Open Air Museum.
Rhyolite was a boom town founded in1905 after the discovery of gold. It reached a peak of almost 10,000 in 1907. During the boom it boasted 3 story stone office buildings, an opera house, and even a stock exchange. It was touted as Chicago of the west. But alas it sadly only featured one mine and that unprofitable and closed in 1911. The town was doomed from then.
|miner and a penguin|
|depiction of The Last Supper|
|The Pink Lady|
Wendy and I had visions of flat, sand, open hot land, actually a lot of nothing. How wrong we were.
A few facts on Death Valley N. P. is the largest national park in the contiguous states. It is 3.4 million acres stretching across Nevada and California. It has a high elevation of 11,049 feet and the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level. The highest temp ever recorded in the world was at D.V. at 134 degrees!!
Weather here varies a lot, with the higher temps on the desert floor and 20 or more degrees cooler in the mountains. We hit it at a good time with some cool 60 degrees on day one and rising temps the next couple days. We did see 86 as a high while driving along.
We went crazy with the beauty here and took so many pics, I will shut up and just post for y'all.)
|Harmony Borax Works|
|Devil's Golf Course - gnarled crystalline salt spires|
|Zabriskie P0int - golden-brown mudstone hills|