Ibex Dunes and Saratoga Springs are two of our favorite spots in Death Valley. They are at the extreme south end of the park accessible by a gravel road that spurs off of the Badwater Road. We had a night and the next morning off from work a week ago, so we decided to drive down and visit.
We have heard that on wet years it actually flows through the south end of Death Valley, but have driven through here several times and have never seen it. Well, it's true....it does exist!
We also ran across some wild burros.
After they ran beside us and in front of us, they stopped to watch.
A beetle leaving his trail.
Ibex Dunes has some of the coolest rocks we have ever seen.
Andrew took a few night photos of the dunes under the moonlight.
The next morning we headed over to Saratoga Springs for the sunrise.
The Panamint Mountains in the distant.
The rocks are crusty with dried up minerals.
We continued on the gravel road over Ibex Pass to complete a loop back to Furnace Creek. We were a little concerned about the deep sand that has never been a problem in the past with the truck, but the Rav did great! We both figured it would do fine that's why we went through with it, but you never know until you try (and we did have to work later that day).