Visiting old and ghost towns, nice Mojave desert with Joshua Trees, year round
running waterfall in the middle of the dry desert are the main attraction on
this road before getting into the Death Valley NP.
Not at summer when it is hot
note: Refuel at Lone pine
thoughts: The Death Valley is not far from Lone pine (~50 miles to park boundaries)
but you have few interesting points on the way.
spend half a day on your way to the Death Valley.
deserted places to explore and nice year round desert oasis at Darwin Falls.
locations and short description:
town” with some nice old unused buildings, old cars and “art junkyard”, a short
drive through the town.
the mountains, a dirt road drive high into the mountain will take you to Cerro
Gordo Ghost Town. This deserted town has active hotel place, check in advance
for visit options.
a nice stop on the way, a high viewing point (+restrooms 😊) on
the large deep canyon. This canyon is being used by nearby air-force base for
canyon flying training. If you see someone with radio scanner and check with
them if they can hear the pilots coming and you will see the airplanes flying
down in the canyon, a nice and noise view.
drive to the trail head starts from hwy 190 just west of Panamint Springs Gas
station. Few miles off-road drive in the dry riverbed will bring you to the
trail head on your right. After less than one-mile walk in the dry river you
will reach a green section that has running water year-round. After less than
additional ½ a mile you will reach the nice waterfall. This is not a long hike,
there is no shade so bring with you enough water. Overall this visit can take
up to 2 hr.