Death Valley & Rhyolite Ghost Town

36.5054° N—117.0794° W

We took a vacation to Las Vegas in July for my birthday, so we took a day off from Sin City to visit ‘Death Valley National Park‘ Death Valley National Park sprawls across both California and Nevada, and is bordered by the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin. It was a straightforward drive with the most spectacular views.

“Death Valley National Park offers an astounding display of all that’s spectacular in nature, making it one of the most iconic parks in the world. Amid the arid landscape, discover everything from deep canyons to sprawling deserts teeming with unique flora and fauna.” – Carri Wilbanks.

Our first stop was Zabriskie Point, a scenic overlook on the Badlands of Death Valley National Park. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago-long before Death Valley came into existence.

We continued on to ‘Furnace Creek Ranch’ where we stopped for refuelling. There is a fabulous general store where you will find groceries and unique souvenirs and gifts, from fresh produce, groceries beer, wine, spirits, snacks and cold beverages, souvenirs to remember your trip and Native American art, this store has it all. I managed to pick up another vodka for the collection called High West… Mmmmm!!!

Our next stop was to be ‘Rhyolite Ghost Town‘, The town began in early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. Rhyolite declined almost as rapidly as it rose. After 1920, Rhyolite and its ruins became a tourist attraction. Rhyolite is worth a stop on you way too or from Death Valley, There are a few ruins of buildings such as the depot, a bank and a school. It was pretty quiet (Maybe two other cars) which added to the experience. There is a very ‘interesting’ art exhibition, although quite cool, seemingly a little out of place. Definitely worth a visit!

You can download the driving route from Las Vegas that we took here.

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