Leaving Death Valley

Death Valley Trip 2013 | Day 9 & 10
Sunday & Monday, February 17-18, 2013

For my last morning in Death Valley I decided to head back up to Dante’s View to catch the sunrise.

Glow on the horizon.

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Morning Color by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The Earth Shadow over Badwater and the Panamint Range.

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Badwater by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Telescope Peak framed by nicely lit rocks.

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Telescope Peak by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A look in the other direction from the viewpoint.

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Hillside by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When the sun was up I headed back down from the mountains and started the drive through Greenwater Valley to leave the park.

I did make a quick stop to hike up a short canyon looking for petroglyphs.

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Greenwater Hiking by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I had missed the petroglyphs on my hike in, but luckily managed to spot them on my way back to the Jeep. There were quite a few smaller panels scattered around. This was one of the larger panels.

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Greenwater Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After finding the petroglyphs, I continued my drive out of the park to Shoshone and then back into Nevada. I made one stop in Las Vegas for gas and lunch and then continued the drive back east into the northwest corner of Arizona.

When I reached the Virgin River Gorge I stopped in the canyon and went searching for some petroglyphs along the river. After finding a place to pull off the Interstate I had to scramble down to the river and find a place to cross. I thought I found a good spot to cross, so I took my shoes and socks off and started to walk across. It was easy going at first, until I stepped in a deep hole that I couldn’t see. I almost dipped my camera in the water when I sunk in and the water level almost reached the phone in my pocket. I got lucky and would be more careful on the way back!

The first panel I found was carved into this thin slab of sandstone which looks like it has broken away from the cliff it was once attached to.

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Slab Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the figure in the circle and a few sheep.

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Slab Detail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I also found this large boulder covered with petroglyphs nearby.

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Virgin Boulder by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I searched the area for another panel that was supposed to be around here, but came up empty handed on that one. It was starting to get late so I climbed back up to the highway and continued the drive into Utah. I wasn’t planning on driving all the way home today so I needed to find somewhere to camp for the night. Two years ago Jared and I had camped near Little Black Mountain just over the border in Arizona, so I thought it would be a good spot to head back to.

I arrived at Little Black Mountain just in time to catch the setting sun striking the petroglyphs found here.

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Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I liked the rock catching the last light of the day below this petroglyph of a sheep.

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Light & Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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LBM Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I stuck around Little Black Mountain the following morning until this large boulder was out of the shadows and in the light.

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Out of the Shadows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Before finishing my drive home I drove further south into the Arizona Strip just to see where the road went. I took this photo at my turnaround point to finish off the trip.

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The End by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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