2016 California Desert

Description:  A multi-day drive through Joshua Tree, Mojave Desert, and Death Valley in mid-April.  Fortynine Palms Oasis, Kelso Dunes, Mesquite Dunes, Mosaic Canyon and Dante's Peak were highlights.

Fortynine Palm Oasis is easily reached at the end of a pleasant ~1.5mi trail.  The short hike itself was as enjoyable as the destination, if not more.

Many flower cacti to photograph along the way


Joshua trees and interesting rock formations abound

Start of the trail to Kelso Dunes in Mojave



Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Mesquite Dunes sunrise







Artist's Palette, Death Valley

Golden Canyon, Death Valley

Sunset view of Mt Perry from Dante's Peak

Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley, takes you through the narrows alongside walls of marble and other colorful rock fragments, to a dry waterfall




Dry waterfall at the end of the Mosaic Canyon trail

Panamint Valley along Hwy 190.  Panamint Sand Dunes in the background to the left.