Colours of the desert

Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 13, 2012

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

22nd Nov. cont.

We arrived into the park around 8am and parked up at Zabriskie Point for breakfast, a nice little view point. We then headed on to Furnace Creek Visitor Centre where we picked up a map and made plans of what to see. Our first stop was Badwater Basin, a salt flat and then Devil's Golf Course which again was salt deposits but raised up and serrated. We then drove to the scenic loop road, Artists Pallette and as it was a national park, Cat took over the driving. There were greens, reds, browns, yellows, peaches, etc but all muted. It was lovely. We then headed back past the Visitor Centre and onto Harmony Borax Works which was a salt mine that closed in 1888 and only run for 5 years. Following Highway 190 through the park, our next stop was at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes for lunch. Our final stop was a short walk through Mosaic Canyon, which was a narrow passage through marble like walls. We left the park around 2.30pm, after checking out the fuel prices which ranged from $4.35 to $5.48. Ridiculous! Apparently, prices are high due to the cost of importing the fuel to the park. It is very remote.
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