The Devils Golf Course is another unique and fascinating feature of Death Valley National Park in California. Located just off the road to the Badwater Salt Flats, it is a wide expanse of salt pan that was once an ancient lake. This ancient lake evaporated 2,000 years ago leaving an amazing landscape that even today is ever-changing.
The area consists of a jagged, salt-encrusted surface that is continually being shaped by wind, rain and sun. Salty water rises up through the mud where it evaporates leaving a dry, lumpy, and incredibly inhospitable surface covered with salt crystals.
It was named the Devils Golf Course in 1934 after a National Park Service guidebook described how “only the devil could play golf on it’s surface.”
As you can see from this photograph which I made on my last visit, I wasn’t able to be in this location at a time when the light favored photography. I still like this image though because to me it attempts to illustrate the vastness of this area of the park.
On my upcoming visit I am hoping to be able to spend some time exploring this phenomenon at a time when the light is a little more favorable.
There are only about six weeks left now before I leave for my trip, and am pretty excited about the adventure that I know I am going to have. Between then and now I am going to be preparing for the trip by making sure all of my equipment is in proper working order, and if I need any additional gear I will be purchasing it. More to come on the specific equipment that I will be bringing with me to use…