The Amargosa River originates in the mountains surrounding
Beatty, Nevada, flows through the
Amargosa Desert region, and terminates at
Death Valley National Park.
The Amargosa is about 125 miles
long, but after winding around to its end, the river has only traveled about 50 miles to the southwest of its genesis.
Most of the river course to Badwater is underground, but about seventeen miles of surface flow exist in
the areas of
and the Amargosa Canyon. This perennial surface flow has
created lush riparian and wetland habitats that support
and sensitive species. The Amargosa Canyon contains
some of the lusher cottonwood-willow gallery forest in the Mojave Desert.
Amargosa River Photos
A virtual photo tour of the Amargosa River starting in Beatty and continuing downstream to Badwater in Death Valley.
Amargosa River Natural Area
The Amargosa River Natural Area is located at the south end of Tecopa Valley, and occupies the ...
Things to Do
Recreational activities in the area include hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, rock collecting,...
Looking today much as it may have thousands of years ago, the Amargosa Valley offers the opportunity to explore ...
Hiking Trails Today
Several different hiking experiences are available in the Amargosa River Natural Area. While plans are being ...
The Amargosa River Natural Area is a classic "vagrant bird trap". This area attracts birds which ...
Other Animals Living Here
The area is known for a variety of bats. They include Western Pipistrelle, Big Brown, Brazilian free-tailed, Spotted, ...
Scenic Touring and Sightseeing
One of the most scenic drives, in and around the Amargosa River Natural Area, is the route bringing you here. There ...
Only a few places for rock collecting exist in this area. All known rock collecting areas have been "worked" for ...
There are some opportunities for climbing in this area. One local challenge is to climb Rainbow Mountain, ...
Tecopa Hot Springs
This small community in eastern Inyo County is best known for its hot springs. Residents of a small ...