Planetopia, a German TV channel dedicated to covering stories for our planet has asked for permission to include footage from a video shot during a visit to Death Valley early in the year for their show. Excerpts from the video may be watched on the following page(You may see the silhouette of this guy!):
On Day 13, I left Death Valley and headed to Palm Springs using Highway 127. I wanted to capture Amargosa Opera house before leaving. On my way, I saw a mining field near Tecopa Hot Springs so I made a stop to capture the place!
Golden Canyon is a short gorge that cuts into brightly colored sandstone rocks in many glowing shades of orange, gold and red, with the ever-present deep blue sky above making the hues seem especially sharp and intense. Once there was a paved road running up the whole length but this has long been disused and most sections have eroded away. According to the hike guide, the road eroded back in 1976 when a massive flood came along.
Hiking is the only option in the Canyon, and it is quite popular (we saw many groups with kids on the trails). The trail gains elevation as it reaches towards Red Cathedral(a group of high sandstone cliffs). We decided to take Zabriskie point trails to go through the multicolored rock formations(they looked like Chocolate layers). The path started by climbing an exposed slope of whitish sandy ground to a panoramic area where you could see the Red Cathedral, Furnace Creek and other canyons surrounding the area.
The last part of this trip(video 4) took us through Gower Gulch canyon, It starts very wide and narrows down gradually and becomes more rocky and steep as it descends. We passed through a number of tunnels, relics of Borax and calcite mining and crystals(I managed to film one of those tunnels as I was walking through it). The rocky section then ends with a drop and reaches the main valley. You could then follow the skirt of the hills overlooking the highway to go back to Golden Canyon’s trail head where the parking lot is located. All in all, this was one of the most spectacular hikes I have had so far.
I stayed in Beatty, NV while visiting Death Valley. Beatty is around 40 miles from Furnace Creek and is considerably cheaper in terms of accommodation than lodging inside the national park.
Near Beatty lies the ghost town of Rhyolite, which was established in 1905 to support the mining efforts during the Gold rush at the time. It peaked around 1907 with an opera house, railroad, school and a stock exchange. By 1911, the town was closed due to decreasing mining output and the displacement of the workers who occupied the town.
Today, it is a ghost town perfect for those interested in photography and ghost matters!
It even houses the Goldwell Open Air Museum which features artwork made a few Belgian artists and is astounding as you could see in the photos below!
Ubehebe(pronounced YOU-bee-HEE-bee) crater is the largest of a series of craters in the Northern end of Cottonwood Mountains, Death Valley National park. Its smaller incarnations are referred to as “little Hebes”.
The name comes from the tracks left on the dry sandy ground which used to be a lake bottom long time ago. The rocks are supposed to move with no human or animal intervention but rather due to slides guiding them to the ground level first from surrounding hills and then sliding over the mud(when it rains) dragged by gusty winds. A typical track lasts 3 to 4 years on average according to Wikipedia. The rocks are called Sailing Stones.