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Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea Avenue in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea Avenue in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Hotel in Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Ho...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The creator of this image, photographer Carol M. Highsmith, enjoys a moment on stage at a remarkable theater in what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

The creator of this image, photographer Carol M. Highsmith, enjoys a m...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Hotel in Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Ho...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Administrative area closure - sign

Administrative area closure - sign

Administrative closure sign at Keane Wonder Mine. Death Valley National Park, California.

National parks: Scorpion - public domain image

National parks: Scorpion - public domain image

The giant hairy scorpions native to Death Valley appear ominous, but their sting is less potent than other scorpions. They are primarily active at night in the hot summer months.

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 17

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 17

Brown-eyed Evening Primrose (Camissonia claviformis) flowers open near sunset, bloom all night to attract moths, then turn pink and wither the next morning.

Devils Golf Course - National Parks Gallery

Devils Golf Course - National Parks Gallery

A family explores the strange landscape of Devils Golf Course.

Bat Cupola - High - National Parks Gallery

Bat Cupola - High - National Parks Gallery

High-profile bat cupola at Skidoo Mine, Death Valley National Park, California.

2016 Feb 14 Beatty Cut-off 03

2016 Feb 14 Beatty Cut-off 03

Picryl description: Public domain image of a dry desert landscape, sand, sky, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Scotty's Castle Pool Filled with Muddy Water

Scotty's Castle Pool Filled with Muddy Water

Floodwaters filled the pool at Scotty's Castle and left mud across much of the area.

Death valley, Panamint Daisy

Death valley, Panamint Daisy

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Rocks and Mud - National Parks Gallery

Rocks and Mud - National Parks Gallery

A road barricade partially buried by mud, rocks, and boulders. Public domain photograph of quarry, mining industry, miners, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

2016 Feb 15 Harmony Fan 03

2016 Feb 15 Harmony Fan 03

The alluvial fans near Furnace Creek are tinted golden with wildflowers in late afternoon light.

looking at the powerlines with out its powerpoll
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Located along Highway 190, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are the most accessible sand dunes in Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in North America, 282 feet below sea level. The valley and surrounding mountain ranges are on the western edge of the Basin and Range Province.

SC day after flooding (2)

SC day after flooding (2)

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National parks: Test - public domain image
Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park

Death Valley's education rangers reached over 1,300 students and issued Every Kid in a Park Passes this year.

National parks: Brachipod - public domain image

National parks: Brachipod - public domain image

"Eleutherokomma reidfordi" is a brachiopod (lamp shell) that lived during the Devonian. Fossils of Eleutherokomma have been found at Death Valley National Park, California.

Death valley, Marathon II

Death valley, Marathon II

Marathoners race on the side of the road.

Death valley, Zabriskie Sunrise

Death valley, Zabriskie Sunrise

The rising sun begins to light the distant Panamint Mountains while the multi-hued badlands of Zabriskie Point remain in shade.

Flood Damage to Road

Flood Damage to Road

A park employee inspects the broken pavement of a road damaged by floodwaters.

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 25

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 25

Along the Badwater Road, fields of Desert Gold wildflowers grow to the edge of the salt flats.

Death valley, Badwater Pool

Death valley, Badwater Pool

The salt flats can transform into shallow lakes briefly after rains.

Longshed walkway before clean up

Longshed walkway before clean up

Public domain image of an arch structure, bridge, historic place ruins, classical architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 01

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 01

Public domain photograph of rural landscape, California, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

2016 Feb 15 Harmony Fan 03

2016 Feb 15 Harmony Fan 03

Public domain photograph of rural landscape, California, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 17

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 17

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Washed-out Road - National Parks Gallery

Washed-out Road - National Parks Gallery

A park employee walks on a park road next to a deep trench where the road has been washed away.

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 36

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 36

In the southern part of Death Valley, pink Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) cover the ground below Desert Gold (Geraea canescens).

Death valley, Hiking II

Death valley, Hiking II

Visitors examine a rock wall in Golden Canyon

Inside Hacienda bathroom before clean up-DcD (1)

Inside Hacienda bathroom before clean up-DcD (1)

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Longshed walkway after clean up-DCD
2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 36

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 36

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Death Valley's Centennial BioBlitz

Death Valley's Centennial BioBlitz

Death Valley hosted its first ever BioBlitz during the Centennial year. Over 500 people attended to document over 100 species at Salt Creek!

Abandoned mineral lands - Cable mesh

Abandoned mineral lands - Cable mesh

Cable mesh over open stull stope, Skidoo Gold Mine, Death Valley National Park, California.

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 23

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 23

In Death Valley's low elevations, Desert Gold (Geraea canescens) put on the big show, covering vast areas in a sea of yellow floers.

Utility Poles Were Swept Away by Flood

Utility Poles Were Swept Away by Flood

More than 20 utility poles were knocked down or damaged in the flood.

National parks: Marathon - public domain image

National parks: Marathon - public domain image

A large group of marathon participants run near Furnace Creek.

Death valley, Removing debris
National parks: Flower - public domain image

National parks: Flower - public domain image

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Badwater Basin in a Storm

Badwater Basin in a Storm

Public domain photograph of rural landscape, California, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

SC-VC-after clean up

SC-VC-after clean up

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National parks: Reading - public domain image

National parks: Reading - public domain image

A camper reads at Mesquite Springs

Mud, Rocks, and Other Flood Deposits

Mud, Rocks, and Other Flood Deposits

Floodwaters carried mud, gravel, rocks, and even large boulders through the heart of the historic district at Scotty's Castle.

Desert Tortoise II - National Parks Gallery

Desert Tortoise II - National Parks Gallery

A desert tortoise walks along a bed of gravel.

Door Blocked by Mud

Door Blocked by Mud

A deep swath of mud, close to two feet deep, blocks doors.

Clearing Flood Debris from a Road

Clearing Flood Debris from a Road

Maintenance crews are hard at work cleaning up after the flood.

Desert Tortoise I - National Parks Gallery

Desert Tortoise I - National Parks Gallery

An endangered species, desert tortoises are infrequently seen. Sleeping in their burrows for up to 95% of their lives, they emerge infrequently after rains lead to a blooming of the flowers that make up their f... More

Longshed exterior 3 - National Parks Gallery
2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 28

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 28

During a super bloom, visitor flock to Death Valley to enjoy the rare spectacle.

2016 Feb 14 Beatty Cut-off 14

2016 Feb 14 Beatty Cut-off 14

If you stop your vehicle and take a closer look, you will find a nice variety of wildflowers.

Rain-gage from the 18th
Flood Debris on Roadway

Flood Debris on Roadway

Mud, rocks, and wood debris cover a paved road at Scotty's Castle.

National parks: SAR - public domain image

National parks: SAR - public domain image

Golden Canyon Search and Rescue operations end well this time. Public domain photograph of quarry workers, mining, miners, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Badwater Pool IV - National Parks Gallery

Badwater Pool IV - National Parks Gallery

Pickleweed grows near a shallow pool, with Telescope Peak in the distance.

Death Valley Sign - National Parks Gallery

Death Valley Sign - National Parks Gallery

The classic Death Valley National Park signs are visible at most of the main park entrances along paved roads.

Badwater Pool III - National Parks Gallery

Badwater Pool III - National Parks Gallery

A reflective pool surrounded by a salt crust.

Death valley, Desert Greenery

Death valley, Desert Greenery

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2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 23

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 23

Public domain photograph of rural landscape, California, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Death valley, Badwater Pool

Death valley, Badwater Pool

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Inspecting Damage After the Flood

Inspecting Damage After the Flood

A park employee inspects a concrete trench filled with muddy water.

Death valley, Ashford Mills

Death valley, Ashford Mills

Desert gold blooms in January near the ruins of Ashford Mills.

Death valley, Bighorn Ram

Death valley, Bighorn Ram

A large bighorn ram stands on a cliff. Male bighorn sheep are easily identified by their larger curved horns, which grow throughout their lives.

Death valley, Racetrack III

Death valley, Racetrack III

A lone rock with its trail on the Racetrack playa.

Scotty's Castle Pool Filled with Muddy Water

Scotty's Castle Pool Filled with Muddy Water

Floodwaters filled the pool at Scotty's Castle.

Visitors among Flowers - National Parks Gallery

Visitors among Flowers - National Parks Gallery

Two visitors walk across a field of desert gold during a super bloom.

National parks: Coyote - public domain image

National parks: Coyote - public domain image

Extremely intelligent animals, coyotes have been observed using a number of advanced methods to hunt for food. If you see a coyote begging on the side of the road, you should never feed them. Feeding coyotes pu... More

Death valley, Natural Bridge

Death valley, Natural Bridge

Two visitors walk under Natural Bridge.

Rainbow over longshed-10-18-15-DcD

Rainbow over longshed-10-18-15-DcD

Public domain photograph of rural landscape, California, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

knocking down the dangerous over hanging road

knocking down the dangerous over hanging road

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Death valley, Zabriskie Point

Death valley, Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie is the most popular and iconic viewpoint in Death Valley. It is easily accessible along Highway 190.

2016 Feb 14 Beatty Cut-off 14

2016 Feb 14 Beatty Cut-off 14

Picryl description: Public domain image of a dry desert landscape, sand, sky, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Back storage room before clean up-DCD
Death valley, Pinacate Beetle

Death valley, Pinacate Beetle

A pinacate beetle crawls across a sand dune. These small insects frequently leave zipper-like tracks in the sand.

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 01

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Ashford 01

Desert Gold (Geraea canescens) covers all of the rocky hills near Ashford Mill.

Death valley, Panamint Valley

Death valley, Panamint Valley

Cracked mud stretches across sections of Panamint Valley.

Death valley, Horseback Riding

Death valley, Horseback Riding

A horseback tour travels near Furnace Creek.

Deep Trench Cut Through Road by Floodwaters

Deep Trench Cut Through Road by Floodwaters

Raging floodwaters cut through the North Road near Scotty's Castle.

National parks: Biking - public domain image

National parks: Biking - public domain image

A bicyclist rides through Twenty Mule Team Canyon

SC-VC-Before clean-up

SC-VC-Before clean-up

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2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 18

2016 Feb 6 wildflowers - Badwater Road 18

Desert Gold (Geraea Canescens) can cover vast areas of Death Valley with yellow flowers, but there are occasional individuals that are different.

Hacienda office corner_ Before cleanup by DcD (4)
2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 25

2016 Feb 15 Badwater Road 25

Public domain photograph of rural landscape, California, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Horned Lizard II - National Parks Gallery

Horned Lizard II - National Parks Gallery

A horned lizard climbs up a sandy slope. Public domain photograph of an animal, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Muddy Water Fills the Pool

Muddy Water Fills the Pool

Mud and floodwater filled the pool at Scotty's Castle. Public domain photograph of water reservoir, lake, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Death valley, Shining Mikvetch

Death valley, Shining Mikvetch

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