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Mojave Desert Communities - Death Valley:

Stovepipe Wells, California

Stovepipe Wells (elevation, 10 feet above mean sea level) is a small way-station in the northern part of Death Valley, in unincorporated Inyo County, California. There is a motel with swimming pool, a gas station/general store, a gift shop, a ranger station, and a restaurant/bar, as well as a tent and RV campground.

    Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes

    Tawny dunes smoothly rising nearly 100 feet from Mesquite Flat. Late afternoon light accentuates the ripples and patterns while morning is a good time to view tracks of nocturnal wildlife. Moonlight on the dunes can be magical, yet night explorers should be alert for sidewinder rattlesnakes during the warm season.

    Devil's Cornfield

    Clumps of Arrowweed appear as shocks of corn in a harvest field. The presence of ...

    Mosaic Canyon

    Polished marble walls and odd mosaic patterns of breccia make this small canyon a favorite. The twisting lower canyon is so narrow hikers must walk through it single-file. Some rock scrambling is required. The canyon opens up after ˝ mile to reveal the heights of Tucki Mountain, but hikers can continue another 1˝ miles. more...

    Salt Creek

    This stream of salty water is the only home to a rare pupfish, Cyprinodon salinus. Springtime is best for viewing pupfish; in summer the lower stream dries up and in winter the fish are dormant. The wooden boardwalk loops ˝ mile through stands of pickleweed and past pools reflecting badland hills. Wheelchair accessible.

    Titus Canyon

    One of the largest and most scenically diverse canyons in the park. Within its lofty walls visitors can find multi-colored volcanic deposits, a ghost town, Indian petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, and deep, winding narrows. Titus Canyon is accessible to high-clearance vehicles via a one-way dirt road beginning outside the park. Standard vehicles may reach the canyon’s mouth from the west. more...
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Source and references: NPS and others
Clickable Stovepipe Wells area map
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The Mesquite Flats Dunes near Stovepipe Wells are by far the most famous attraction, but there are several other beautiful locations nearby.

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