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Saline Valley

Saline Valley is located in the northwestern portion of Death Valley National Park, northwest of Death Valley and east-northeast of the Owens Valley. map of Saline Valley

Natural Features

Hot springs, a dry lake with a salt marsh and sand dunes are natural features of the valley.

    Saline Valley Geology

    One needs to be in a particular mood to visit the Saline Valley. The access is long, often ...


Saline Valley was inhabited in late prehistoric times by the Timbisha (also known as Panamint or Koso). The Timbisha Shoshone were relocated from the area in 1933 to nearby Darwin, California.

The Conn and Trudo Borax Company mined borax in the valley from 1874 to 1895. Salt mining began in 1903 and continued into the 1930s. An aerial tramway was constructed in 1911 to carry salt 13.5 miles from an elevation of 1100 ft in the Saline Valley, to 8500 ft. over the Inyo Mountains, then down again to 3600 ft. in the Owens Valley.

Shoshone Indians

At the time of major white penetration of the Great Basin and the Snake River areas in the 1840s, ...

    Timbisha Shoshoni

    To the people who lived in the area for more than a millennium, the valley's resources offered ...

    Western Shoshoni Myths

    While the beliefs of other Shoshonean tribes are fairly well documented, there is little ...

Mining History

    Saline Valley Salt

    The presence of mineable salt in the Saline Valley was noticed as early as 1902, but due to its inaccessibility, it was not until ...


    Probably the most inaccessible gold-producing district in Inyo County, and also its most productive, has been Beveridge. ...



Saline Valley Satellite Image

Saline Valley Photos

Saline Valley Sand Dunes

Low and sweeping, the Saline Valley sand dunes grace the salt lake near ...

Conn Trudo Borax Works

Borate minerals were extracted here years before both the ...

Warm Springs

Warm Springs and Palm Spring, in the Saline Valley, have been popular ...

Saline Valley Salt Works

During World War I, nearly pure salt was extracted from the ...

Saline Valley Salt Tram

Remarkably pure salt was extracted from the brine in the Saline Valley ...

Grapevine Canyon Wildflowers

Spread across the alluvial fan ascending Grapevine Canyon at the southern end of ...

Marble Canyon

In a narrow canyon along the northern entrance to the Saline Valley, is a ...
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