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Panamint Mountains

Death Valley National Park, CA
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Type: Mountains
Description: Spectacularly rugged Death Valley mountains.
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Panamint Range is actually taller than the well known range on the East side of the valley, but suffers neglect from tourists because there are not many paved access roads. If you have a high clearance vehicle, you can drive across the salt pan floor (on designated gravel tracks) from East to West and up some of the valleys... More

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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148 reviews 148 reviews
68 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

If you are visiting the Panamint Mountains, I would highly recommend a hike up Wildrose Peak (elevation 9065,' vertical gain about 2200,' 8.4 miles roundtrip). The hike to the top of Wildrose Peak took me about 4 hours roundtrip. The views at the top of the peak of Badwater Basin the Telescope Peak were very beautiful. I would say the... More

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Tehachapi, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Beautiful range. Some snow on the mountains when we were there. The lighting at dusk made them very beautiful. Take your camera!

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Arroyo Grande, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

These mountains are rarely discussed, so to be in Death Valley and learn of the plate shift and creation of the mountain ranges is fascinating. They surround the Valley on one side and Mt. Whitney just peeks over them.

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Brooklyn, NY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We drove from Stovepipe Wells to the west side of Death Valley, towards Shoshone. The drive through the mountains was breathtaking and terrifying. I have to do all the driving on our trips due to motion sickness and I don't consider myself all that dainty, but this drive had my palms sweating from fear. It's a different kind of driving... More

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Oxnard, CA
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115 reviews 115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The short off the main road loop is easy and the display of how borax was mined and processed was interesting...to an adult...not sure how much fun a child would have....until the coyotes start to bark. We ended up seeing three and they were about 100 yards away and had no fear....we had more fear. (grin)

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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

More like 50 shades of brown. But they're a wonder to see. Not a lot of big plant life so the geological features can be plainly seen and they are magnificent. I only wish i'd had more time to stop and look around.

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Ventura, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you are entering Death Valley from the West, stop at Wildrose Rd. and go to Aguereberry Point first, for a great view of the Valley from the Panamint Mtns.

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Glasgow
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

When driving over the Panamint Mountain trail I thought we had reached Death Valley but it was Panamint Valley, very similar to Death Valley. A very interesting drive through the Panamint area.

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Albany, OR
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180 reviews 180 reviews
82 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Panamints are there, sometimes snowcapped, as a backdrop behind Badwater, Zabriskie Point and the rest of western Death Valley. They rise majestically above the valley floor, and we drove over them on Hwy. 190 to leave the park.

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