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Death Valley - February, 2003
Death Valley - "Unpaved"
The OTHER Death Valley - The park most never see
What? A deluge in Death Valley? Are you SERIOUS?

This was my first time in my favorite park with an off-road vehicle (My Kawasaki KLR650, what a sport-utility vehicle SHOULD be). I went with Brian, a buddy of mine; our intent was to cover as many dirt roads in the parks as possible. As you see from the photos, the first day was gorgeous, but they got steadily less hospitable.
By the third night, rain was coming down in amounts I'd never dreamed of seeing in Death Valley. It received at least an inch of rain in a 24-hour period- That's 1/2 of the typical annual rainfall! As you will see, our entire campground was flooded, and we eventually gave up camping and got a room in Furnace Creek. All of the unpaved roads were closed, and we left a day early. Many rangers said that it had been more than 20 years since rain fell like that, and that people will be talking about the storm for decades to come.



Fading sun in
Furnace Creek

Texas Spring
campground

Our campsite

Our campsite

Brian with bikes
in Echo Canyon

Hardy bush in
Echo Canyon

Rock cairn in
Echo Canyon

Rock cairn in
Echo Canyon

Brian with bikes
in Echo Canyon

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Main mine shaft

Main mine shaft

Main mine shaft

Main mine shaft

Main mine shaft

Kelly by main shaft

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Inyo Mine

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Twenty Mule
Team Canyon

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Red Amphitheatre

Lookout Above Red
Amphitheatre

Lookout Above Red
Amphitheatre

Lookout Above Red
Amphitheatre

Lookout Above Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Hole In
The Wall

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Road to Red
Amphitheatre

Stovepipe
Wells Sunset

Stovepipe
Wells Sunset

Stovepipe
Wells Sunset

Stovepipe
Wells Sunset

Stovepipe
Wells Sunset

Stovepipe
Wells Sunset

Scavenger
Ravens

Road to Keane
Wonder mine

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Kean Wonder
Mine Ruins

Chloride City
loop

Chloride City
loop

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Rain in Furnace
Creek!

Cloud blanket

Socked-in
Badwater

Socked-in
Badwater

Socked-in
Badwater

Natural Bridge

Ancient waterfall
traces

Path to natural
bridge

Path's natural
floor covering

Path's natural
floor covering

Gloom heading
back to road

Devil's Golf
Course

Devil's Golf
Course

Devil's Golf
Course

Devil's Golf
Course

Downpour at
the Inn

Downpour at
the Inn

Downpour at
the Inn

Watch where
you walk!

Our campground
has changed!

Our campground
has changed!

Snow at
the Kilns

Snow at
the Kilns

River at
the Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

The Kilns

Zero visibility
in Wildrose Canyon

Zero visibility
in Wildrose Canyon