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The incredibly colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar.



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While in Death Valley I made a side trip up to Rhyolite.


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Today you can find several remnants of Rhyolite’s glory days. Some of the walls of the 3 story bank building are still standing, as is part of the old jail. The train depot is one of the few complete buildings left in the town, as is the Bottle House. The Bottle House was restored by Paramount pictures in Jan, 1925. The ghost town of Rhyolite is on a mixture of federal and private land.

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An old wooden train caboose, with wheels removed, sits near the train station in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada. It was supposedly used as a gas station. Which, may explain the large tank nearby.

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The famous brightly coloured rhyolite hills of Landmannalaugar. Taken while cycling across the interior of Iceland in 2010 via Askja and the Gæsavötn and Sprengisandur routes.

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On my way to Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills recently I had to stop by the old Nevada ghost town of Rhyolite. It was early afternoon when I past through and the lighting was harsh and not what I would typically prefer for photography. But hey, you take what you get and make the most of it, right? I'm always amazed at the results that can be obtained with HDR in difficult lighting situations!


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An old Chevrolet Impala rusts in the desert at the Nevada ghost town of Rhyolite.

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The massifs of rhyolite in the Kerlingarfjöll area.


Les massifs rhyolitique des Kerlingarfjöll près de la piste de Kjolur.

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Shell of a building in the ghost town of Rhyolite, just east of Death Valley.


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What would be a trip to Death Valley without a side trip to Rhyolite, Nevada.


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Fading Grandeur in Color

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A decidedly un-loved Chevrolet Impala decays in the Nevada desert at the ghost town of Rhyolite


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Snow on rhyolite mountains at the Fjallabak nature reserve in the highlands of Iceland.

Evening light strikes the yellowy-red rhyolite hills of Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Deserted, crumbling ruins in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada.


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Rhyolite is the largest Ghost town in Death Valley. It boatsed a population of nearlt 10k during it's hayday from 1905 to only 1911. Several ruins remain today.

What would be a trip to Death Valley without a side trip to Rhyolite, Nevada.


If you are interest in the story of Rhyolite it can be found here:,_Nevada


I would have loved to get rid of the cars but that is where they parked.

There is a debate as to which this building is...Casino or railroad station. This was taken in the Nevada desert in the abandoned town of Rhyolite.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland, during my first Iceland cycle tour in the summer of 2009. After a violent storm and three days of almost constant rain, it was nice to enjoy at least brief moments of sunshine lighting up the multicoloured rhyolite hills as grey clouds scuttled across the sky.

Rhyolite, Nevada


Rhyolite is located about 30 miles east of Death Valley National Park. If you like to photograph ghost towns it's a great place to visit.,_Nevada


Rhyolite NV, a ghost town on the edge of Death Valley


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Goldwell Open Air Museum began in 1984 as an artist project of Belgian sculptor Albert Szukalski (1945-2000), best known for his life-size "ghostly" shrouded figures. To make the figures, Szukalski wrapped live models in fabric soaked in wet plaster, posed them, and refined the drapery. Whe the plaster set, the model slipped out, leaving the rigid shroud that surrounded them.

Colorful rhyolite peaks in the Landmannalaugar region of Iceland

OK, I'm guessing that this is rhyolite. Regardless, volcanic rock classically cools with fractures perpendicular to the direction of cooling. Think of the Devil's Postpile or The Giant's Causeway which are basalt that classically forms hexagonal columns. Another famous example is Devil's Tower (phonolite).

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2:2: Goldwell Open Air Museum on the road to Rhyolite, Death Valley.

old image from march 2004. rhyolite ghost town, nevada. simple black white conversion CS3 — high contrast red filter or infrared - can't remember! must be time for bed. :-)

Ghosts at the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada.

Landmannalaugar is a region near the volcano Hekla in the southern part of Iceland's highlands.


The Landmannalaugar area is a popular tourist destination and hiking hub in Iceland's highlands. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields, not far from the service center. The many mountains in the surrounding area display a wide spectrum of colors including pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, and white. Two of the most popular mountains among hikers are Bláhnjúkur (meaning "blue peak") and Brennisteinsalda (meaning "sulphur wave").


Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails. The most popular routes include the 2 hour hike through the Laugahraun lava field to Mt. Brennisteinsalda ("Sulphur Wave"), the 1 hour hike up Mt. Bláhnjúkur ("Blue Peak") and the 4 hour hike to Ljótipollur crater lake ("Ugly Puddle"). Landmannalaugar can also be the starting point of several longer hiking trails, such as the 3-4 day Hellismannaleið hike by the roots of Hekla volcano and Sprengisandur route for the people who are willing to rough it through the immense volcanic desert.


Landmannalaugar is the usual starting point for a four day long hiking trail aptly called Laugavegur, as the main shopping street in Reykjavík city center is called the same and is referred to the herds of people that walk the trail every day. The name actually means "The Landmannalaugar Trail", "Laugar" being a shortened version for "Landmannalaugar". The usual four day trail ends in Þórsmörk, but one or two days can be added, trekking then all the way to Skógar nearly at the coast via Fimmvörðuháls between the two glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.






I returned to Iceland for my third time there to hike the world’s famous Laugavegurinn (Laugavegur) trek combined with its Fimmvörðuháls hiking neighbour; we went in the south-to-north direction starting in Skógar and finishing our journey in the colorful Landmannalaugar area.


The itinerary was rather straightforward and not surprising: Skógar -> Fimmvörðuháls -> Þórsmörk -> Emstrur (Botnar) -> Álftavatn -> Hrafntinnusker -> Landmannalaugar.


We were quite lucky with the weather except for the Emstrur -> Álftavatn part when we experienced the most horrible weather I have ever encountered during my hiking trips – really strong wind and constant rain made from this part a “survival” odyssey. It is often said that weather is a crucial factor in this hike and our experience from this particular day (and also from the other – beautiful – days) just confirmed that.


This is a shot taken during our sixth day in the area - we were hiking from the Hrafntinnusker hut to our final destination - Landmannalaugar.

Rhyotite, NV.

A Ghosttown, just a few miles outside Death Valley NP.

In the backgroud you can see the Grapevine and the Funeral Mountains in the Amargosa Range.



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Rhyolite Ghost Town Nevada near Death Valley

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Milky Way behind the ruins of the old bank

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Colorful rhyolite peaks in the Landmannalaugar region of Iceland

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