After unglueing ourselves from the cozy breakfast table at the Shady Lady B&B, we headed back to Beatty to take the Daylight Pass back into Death Valley with a quick stop at the Ghost Town Rhyolite. Out of all the ghost towns we have seen out west so far, this one appeared to be the most modern, dating back to 1904 with a bank, school, union, dance halls, red light district … however, by 1916, power was officially shut down in Rhyolite.
We parked in the parking lot at the house built entirely out of bottles (you can’t miss it) and strolled up the mountain road and stopped at the few buildings that were left.
We spent a good 40 minutes in Rhyolite before continuing our descent into the valley past the fantastic super bloom with frequent requests to “pull over, pull over, that’s an awesome photo.”
We reached Mosaic Canyon just in time for a noon hike but thankfully, even mid-day temperatures didn’t get past 85 degrees so we had a fantastic spring time hike into the canyon. We hiked up dried up waterfalls, climbed boulders …
and had an excellent time! The only thing we were missing was either a cold brew or an ice cream.
After an afternoon stop in Stovepipe Wells (which, surprisingly enough, did not sell ice cream anywhere), we made our last stop of the journey and drove to Dante’s View. Damian drove us up the mountain while I made sure the passenger car door didn’t fall off by hanging on for dear life – a trait I inherited from my mother.
Once up, the view was simply stunning. Mind blowingly stunning.
Our goofy selves!
Truly, this is one of my favorite places that we return to year after year. Here’s to more traveling!
Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat LLC
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