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Mesquite Flats Dunes

Mesquite Flats Dunes

February 26, 2010

Mesquite Flat dunes are located near Stovepipe Wells, in the center of Death Valley. Use some common sense, and be aware of your limitations with respect to the heat, wind, and time of day.

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

February 26, 2010

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is located in south-central California. Park headquarters are on the western outskirts of Borrego Springs. Spring is the most enjoyable time to visit... Though, each season has its character. You can get everything you need in Borrego Springs - a small, but full-service...

California Missions

California Missions

February 26, 2010

The California Missions are located along the southern and central California coast - though some are a way inland.  Different missions have, well, different missions - some are more tourist oriented than others (San Juan Capistrano probably being the most tourist-oriented in southern California).

Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

February 26, 2010

The Trona Pinnacles are located just southwest of Death Valley, near the town of Trona, CA. The road to the pinnacles is about 5 miles of dirt, but it's in pretty good shape. All services are available in Trona, which is just up the road.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

February 26, 2010

Joshua Tree National Park is located in south-central California, just northeast of Palm Springs. This is a large park, and keep in mind that the north and south halves are quite distinct. If you want to see the trees, visit the north part.

Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle

February 26, 2010

Scotty's Castle is located in the northeast corner of Death Valley. There are two tours - one of the building, and the other of the underground tunnels. You can wander the grounds without a tour, but it's worth paying the fee so you can get inside.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

February 26, 2010

Death Valley is in eastern California, just a bit south too... The nearest major city is Las Vegas, NV. Spring is obviously the most popular time to visit. There's a chance for desert blooms from winter rains, and the temperatures are bearable. Fewer people visit in the scorching heat of summer, when...

Ballarat

Ballarat

February 26, 2010

Ballarat is just southwest of Death Valley, in east-central California. You might want to read-up on the town before you arrive, as there isn't a whole lot of info at the various sites (not counting the sign, pictured above).

The Wall
The Fountain of Youth
Oceanside Surfer
Salton Sea Shoreline
Tram to the Sky
Wind Power
Slow Poke...
Baker Thermometer
Shoshone Mines
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