South East Entrance to Death Valley via Death Valley Junction
A worthwhile loop off the main valley floor road that takes under an hour
A Palette of Color
"More than five million years ago, repeated volcanic eruptions blanketed the landscape, depositing ash and minerals, The volcanic minerals were chemically altered by heat and water, with variable amounts of oxygen and other introduced elements. Chemical analyses have identified a paint pot of elements: iron, aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, but no copper. Some fot he colored minerals here include red hematite and green chlorite. This is truly a natural artist's palette of color splashed across the slope. The time of day, clouds, and the rare rainfall shift the intensity of the colors, making each visit slightly different."
The Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wildlife located in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County in southwestern Nevada . It is directly east of Death Valley National Park and is 90 mi west-northwest of Las Vegas.
The refuge was created on June 18, 1984 to protect an extremely rare desert oasis.
The refuge is a major discharge point for a vast underground aquifer water system, reaching more than 100 mi (160 km) to the northeast. Water-bearing strata come to the surface in more than thirty seeps and springs, providing a rich, complex variety of habitats.
Virtually all of the water at Ash Meadows is fossil water, believed to have entered the ground water system tens of thousands of years ago.
Our stories speak of many trails throughout Ash Meadow. These trails have important messages to be shared, if you listen closely to their soft voices. We have a spiritual connection with these paths that help us to communicate with the land and with others.
When we go to the mountains, we're supposed to talk to the land ... you stop and let yourself be known to everything and ask to be received in a good way, making everything safe. That you bring goodness, not harm of any sort.