Death Valley National Park, California, USA - November 2004
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Alluvial Fan at Death Valley (1) - 
    Alluvial fan in the morning looking east from the sand dunes.
  Alluvial Fan at Death Valley (1) - Alluvial fan in the morning looking east from the sand dunes.

Alluvial fans in Death Valley are huge and long. This is one of the most fascinating land formations in Death Valley. As the streams flow out of the steep mountains through narrow canyons into flat land, the rocks, pebbles and sediments get deposited just outside the canyon. The stream eventually loses speed and in Death Valley, disappear. The landscape acquires the shape of a fan over time.
Alluvial fans occur on the land just as a delta forms near the ocean. They occur in a number of places. In Death Valley, you will be able to see the huge fans and I think these are some of the most beautiful land formations of nature.
Alluvial Fan at Death Valley (2) - 
    Alluvial fan in the evening looking from the road. 
  Alluvial Fan at Death Valley (2) - Alluvial fan in the evening looking from the road.
Devil's Cornfield (1) - 
    Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
  Devil's Cornfield (1) - Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
Don't forget to park your car and walk into the field on either side of the road. The field may be muddy and slippery on rainy days.
Devil's Cornfield (2) - 
    Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
  Devil's Cornfield (2) - Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
Devil's Cornfield (3) - 
    Closeup of Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
  Devil's Cornfield (3) - Closeup of Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
Devil's Cornfield (4) - 
    Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
  Devil's Cornfield (4) - Devil's Cornfield at Death Valley
Sand Dunes at Death Valley (1) - 
    Sand dunes at sunrise
  Sand Dunes at Death Valley (1) - Sand dunes at sunrise
Park your car along the road and walk about half a mile on the north or west side of the road. You can walk anywhere on the dunes. Sand will get into your shoes but won't hurt. I found that it was not very easy to slide as the dunes were quite damp. If you are using a tripod, cover the bottom of the legs with a plastic bag, or the sand will get into the screws and knobs. Sunrise and senset are spectacular from the sand dunes. A walk under full moon is also quite nice. You almost do not need a flash light on the dunes under full moon. You will need one on your way to the dunes from the road though.
Sand Dunes at Death Valley(3) - 
    Sand dunes at sunrise
  Sand Dunes at Death Valley(3) - Sand dunes at sunrise
Sand dunes are a great fun place for children.
Sand Dunes at Death Valley (4) - 
    Sand dunes at sunrise
  Sand Dunes at Death Valley (4) - Sand dunes at sunrise
It is quite a hike to go to the top of every dune. Go on a leisurely pace. It won't take long to reach the top of the taller ones.
Salt Flat and Sand Dunes at Death Valley (6) - 
    Salt flat in the middle of sand dunes at sunrise
  Salt Flat and Sand Dunes at Death Valley (6) - Salt flat in the middle of sand dunes at sunrise
There is someone walking in the middle of this little salt flat (dry pond) in the middle of the sand dunes.
Plants at Sand Dunes - Death Valley (7) - 
    One of the several plants on the sand dunes
  Plants at Sand Dunes - Death Valley (7) - One of the several plants on the sand dunes
Sunrise - Death Valley - 
    Early morning moon and Sunrise at Death Valley, near the sand dunes. 
    Looking west-southwest.
  Sunrise - Death Valley - Early morning moon and Sunrise at Death Valley, near the sand dunes. Looking west-southwest.
Sand Dunes - Death Valley - 
    Sand Dunes 
  Sand Dunes - Death Valley - Sand Dunes
If you are lucky and if you are there at the dunes early in the morning, you might be able to find bug tracks on the sand.
Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley - 
    Mosaic Canyon - inner canyon
  Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - inner canyon
A road from Stovepipe Wells village climbs up an alluvial fan to the mouth of the Mosaic Canyon on the Tucki mountains. This road, like many other dirt roads in Death Valley, can be slippery and drive slow. It is about 2.5 miles long. A narrow and winding trail takes you into the canyon. In some places you will have to use your hands to climb up. Ranger-led walks are very popular at this place. I saw a crowd of about 75 people following a ranger.
Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley - 
    Mosaic Canyon - inner canyon
  Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley - Mosaic Canyon - inner canyon
Inside the mosaic canyon. Beyond this point, the trail becomes very narrow and winding. You will have to scramble. Be wary of flash floods.
Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley - 
    View from inside the canyon. 
  Mosaic Canyon - Death Valley - View from inside the canyon.
There weren't very many people at this place during Thanksgiving weekend.
Road - Death Valley - 
    Looking towards Stovepipe village. 
  Road - Death Valley - Looking towards Stovepipe village.
Salt Creek - Death Valley - 
    Salt Creek - November 2004
  Salt Creek - Death Valley - Salt Creek - November 2004
It is a surprise for most visitors. Salt Creek does not dry out even in the harshest summers. A 1.2 mile dirt road takes you to the parking lot and a quarter-mile long boardwalk closely follows the creek upstream. Here you can actually see some birds. Life in Death Valley got concentrated around the permanent water sources as the valley became dry. Weather at Death Valley is pleasant during November, but unfortunately, it is not the breeding season for pupfish. Pickleweed and salt grass cover the sides of the creek.
Salt Creek - Death Valley - 
    Salt Creek - November 2004
  Salt Creek - Death Valley - Salt Creek - November 2004
Salt Creek - Death Valley - 
    Salt Creek - November 2004
  Salt Creek - Death Valley - Salt Creek - November 2004
A quarter-mile boardwalk closely follows the creek upstream.
Salt Creek - Death Valley - 
    Salt Creek - November 2004
  Salt Creek - Death Valley - Salt Creek - November 2004


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