Charcoal Kilns of Death Valley National Park

The Charcoal Kilns of Death Valley are located on the West side of the park in an area that is only accessible via a four mile dirt road that is often only be passable via a vehicle with high clearance. These kilns are also in an area so remote and away from the normal attractions […]

Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Ahwahnee): Fine Dining in Yosemite National Park

Update 2017 – The hotel name was changed from Ahwahnee to Majestic Yosemite Hotel. One of the staples of any trip to Yosemite National Park needs to be a dinner, or at least a tour, of the beautiful Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel). Located right in the center of the park, this hotel […]

Golden Canyon Hike in Death Valley & Star Wars Locations

The most popular hike in all of Death Valley National Park is the hike through Golden Canyon. At a little over 3 miles round trip, depending on where you stop, this hike gives you a great view of the unique beauty Death Valley has to offer. It has gaping canyons, massive boulders, waves of plantless terrain and even a large […]

Hiking Half Dome: A Photo Guide

After completing our hike of Mt Whitney I had one more hiking goal in California I wanted to complete this summer, making it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. Over the course of my life, my family has traveled to the beautiful valley of Yosemite, and time after time I have stared at […]

California’s National Parks and National Monuments

One of best things about living in California is the wide array of beautiful and diverse National Parks & Monuments all located within the state (there are nine of them, but 28 including the monuments). From Joshua Tree in the South to Lassen Volcanic Park in the North, California is full of diverse and wonderful […]

Ubehebe Crater and Little Hebe in Death Valley

Ubehebe (pronounced YOU-bee-HEE-bee) Crater is a giant crater located near the northern part of Death Valley National Part. It is the starting point of the dirt road that leads to some of Death Vally’s best spots such as the racetrack, lost burro mine and teakettle junction; however, the crater itself is worth a trip to in […]

Teakettle Junction in Death Valley

Teakettle Junction is one of those unique places in the middle of nowhere that draws visitors see it while on the road to the Racetrack Playa. Not a lot of history is known about this location, but a couple of locals told me that it is said to have been put here to show early […]

Natural Rock Bridge in Death Valley

Death Valley is full of unique and interesting places to visit. From Devils Golf Course to the Racetrack it has a large collection of odd natural formations, and the rock bridge is one of them. The natural rock bridge in Death Valley is located only a short 10 minute drive from Badwater along a dirt […]

Ashford Mill in Death Valley

Ashford Mill is a short stop on the way to Badwater or eventually Furnace Creek located on Highway 178. At Ashford Mill, you can see the remains of what was once a small mining town built around 1914. Getting There Ashford Mills is pretty far away from everything in Death Valley. It is on the way […]

Harmony Borax Works: Borax Mining History of Death Valley

Harmony Borax Works is a short stop in Death Valley, near Furnace Creek, that is the home of a lot of the mining history of the area. In about fifteen minutes you can walk around and see the remains of a refinery and a twenty mule team wagon, as well as a lot of history […]