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Panamint Range, Death Valley National Park

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The Panamint Range is a short rugged fault-block mountain range on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert, in Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California, United States. The origin of the name is the Paiute word Panümünt.GeographyThe range runs north-south for approximately through Inyo County, forming the western wall of Death Valley and separating it from the Panamint Valley to the west. The range is part of the Basin and Range Province, at the western end of the Great Basin.The highest peak in the range is Telescope Peak with an elevation of.FeaturesBoth Mount Whitney and Badwater Basin in Death Valley are visible from some points on the Panamint Range, making it the only location where one can simultaneously see both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States.The historic mining community of Ballarat, now a ghost town, is on the western side of the Panamint Range. The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns ruins are near Wildrose Canyon in the northern area.
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  • We spent 4 weeks in the southwest looking at all kinds of formations and mountains. Panamint Mountains are colored like no others that we saw. Beautiful colors and shapes abound here and it is well wo...  more »
  • After 4 hour's of driving through Death Valley, we found Panamint Mountain's looked pretty much like the rest of the mountain's in the Death Valley area. Again, glad we can tick the box so to speak, b...  more »
  • My wife and I cycled the Panamint Mountains....a gorgeous site. I do not recommend cycling this unless you're in good shape and workout in the mountains--it is quite difficult.  more »

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Death Valley National Park provides numerous developed campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Some of these are free, and some are open year-round, while others only offer camping in the cooler, non-summer months. There are a few privately owned and operated lodges and inns in the park, most of which feature rustic accommodations. With its upscale lodging, the Furnace Creek Inn stands as an exception. The town of Beatty, on the Nevada side of the park, offers a few basic inns and motels and a couple of casinos. On the California side, Randsburg sits farther away from the park's popular Furnace Creek area, but the town offers numerous economy motels and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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