Mosaic Canyon/Stovepipe Wells/Mesquite Dunes

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Our Morgan fell and hurt her leg and we were in need of aspirin, so we decided to hike Mosaic Canyon after stopping in Stovepipe Wells to purchase the aspirin.

We previously saw some photos of the canyon and knew this one was not to be missed.

I packed us a lunch and off we went to explore more of Death Valley. The drive was about 43 miles from the campground because this place is spread out over 3 million acres!

After the turn off from Scotty’s Castle Road onto Hwy 190, we came upon the Devil’s Cornfield. The mountains were bathed in the sunlight and were a beautiful pink. This area of the desert has these big bushes that are growing very tall. We haven’t seen anything like this in the rest of the park from Furnace Creek to Scotty’s Castle. These bushes are also at sea level.



The next scenic attraction was the Mesquite Sand Dunes and for this Oregon Ocean gal, having sand dunes at sea level just seems logical!


We stopped and took some photos and climbed a very small dune.


The little gal to the left asked me to take her photo! She was so cute!

When we arrived at the trailhead at Mosaic Canyon, we could see a great portion of Death Valley.


The hike into this canyon was a short one and the entrance was the most fantastic part of the canyon.




After lunch I hiked a little more but decided I was done in for the day. Dale took off up the canyon to see what was around the next corner. I moseyed back to the car to let Morgan out.


Look at poor Miss Scarlet. She is filthy. The dirtiest she has ever been.  She’s had an experience going off road and thankfully, not bad roads or she would have stayed home.

Stovepipe Wells is like an oasis in the middle of the desert. There’s a market of sorts, gift shop, saloon, restaurant, motel with swimming pool and the ranger station.

We stopped to get a cold drink and a sticker for the car saying we “paid” to be in the valley. Actually, our senior pass lets us in for free.

We checked out the possibility of a Thanksgiving dinner being prepared by the restaurant. Yes! They were having one with prime rib. Yikes! $29.95 each. Guess we are eating at home. I could buy a lot of groceries for $60.



It was a good day of exercise, good food and a long drive for home.

Life is incredible and what you make it! God leads along the way.


One thought on “Mosaic Canyon/Stovepipe Wells/Mesquite Dunes

    Sue Millar said:
    December 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    That is so beautiful.

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