The Amargosa Wild and Scenic River River is located at the south end of California's Tecopa Valley, and occupies the heart of the Tecopa Basin, east of the southeastern corner of Death Valley National Park. The area has a harsh climate, unobstructed views of desert mountains, and few human settlements.
The narrow Amargosa Canyon is known for its dense greenery and the shallow Amargosa River, complete with ""hanging gardens"" and a small waterfall. The river flows year-long, dropping south from Nevada, and finally flowing into Death Valley National Park.
Recreational activities in the area include hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, rock collecting, horseback riding, scenic touring, nature study, astronomy, and photography. Amargosa Canyon, with its wide open spaces, is a perfect place to seek tranquility. In contrast to the abundant off-highway vehicle opportunities available immediately to the south at Dumont Dunes, this area is appropriate to the serious hiker, horseback rider, and casual weekend explorer.
Learn more: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/amargosa.html
Photo: Bob Wick, BLM California