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Ghost Towns of Death Valley
Death Valley may seem like a vast and desolate landscape, but it wasn’t always that way. After the 1848 discovery of gold in California, the valley experienced an over 140 year mining boom. Most pioneers set out on a quest for gold and silver but were met with a notable lack of success due to primitive and inefficient technology and scarcity of water and fuel. The only long-term profitable ore to be found in the region was borax, which was transported out of Death Valley with the famous twenty-mule teams.
Today visitors can explore the once bustling towns of Chloride City, Gold Point, Panamint City and Ballarat and more. Peer into abandoned mines, step inside the old saloons, post offices and abandoned houses, and imagine what life must have been like for these hearty westerns.
Book our special Day of the Dead Package from Oct 30- November 2, and we will help you plan the ultimate ghost town adventure, complete with an itinerary, map and special souvenir!