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Amargosa River

Amargosa River Natural Area



The Amargosa River Natural Area is located at the south end of Tecopa Valley, and occupies the heart of the Tecopa Basin, east of the southeastern corner of Death Valley National Park. The area has a harsh climate, unobstructed views of desert mountains, and few human settlements.




The narrow Amargosa Canyon is known for its dense greenery and the shallow Amargosa River, complete with "hanging gardens" and a small waterfall. The river flows year-long, dropping south from Nevada, and finally flowing into Death Valley National Park.




The precious water from this desert river has allowed people to live here, on and off, for the past 8,000 years. Nature offers a variety of scenic landscapes here. Important natural systems include the river, marshes, mud hills, "riparian areas," and "salt-encrusted mud flats."



The Natural Area is located in the Amargosa River Valley of southeastern Inyo County, California. This part of the Mojave Desert was declared an "Area of Critical Environmental Concern" by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- to protect plants and animals found here, that are listed under the "Endangered Species Act" of 1973.


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,...

    Historic Trails

    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 ...

    Bird Watching

    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 ...

    Rockhounding

    Only a few places for rock collecting exist in this area. All known rock collecting areas have been "worked" for ...

    Climbing

    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 ...
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