Mosaic Canyon


Mosaic Canyon is just south and west of Stovepipe Wells Village in Death Valley (topo map). This little canyon is a deep slot cut into the face of Tucki Mountain which is composed of marble and conglomerate rocks.


Jim in Mosaic Canyon at Death Valley. BTP3280009c.jpg
JIm in Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Polished walls in a narrow, twisting part of Mosaic Canyon at Death Valley. BTP3280011c.jpg
polished walls at Mosaic Canyon National Park


The canyon widens out as you get deeper into the mountains. BTP3280012c.jpg
Mosaic Canyon at Death Valley National Park


More water-polished canyon walls. BTP3280014c.jpg
water-polished walls at Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Jim at Mosaic Canyon. The canyon is dry most of the year, but occasionally a big storm makes a flash flood that rips through here and pushes a load of sand and gravel out of the canyon. This produces the alluvial fans that extend out from the base of the mountains and provide the environment where we see the great stands of flowering plants. Panorama of two pictures. BTP3280019-020.jpg
wide upper part of Mosaic Canyon at Death Valley National Park

With a storm front coming in from the north, Jim & I dashed out of Mosaic Canyon just in time. By the time we finished lunch at Stovepipe Wells Village the storm had passed.


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