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Devils Golf Course

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, California

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  • The Devils Golf Course and Panamint Mountains.- Devils Golf Course
  • The road to Devils Golf Course.- Devils Golf Course
  • The parking lot at Devils Golf Course.- Devils Golf Course
  • A sharp, broken landscape.- Devils Golf Course
  • The beautiful Panamint Mountains.- Devils Golf Course
  • Sharp, jagged salt formations.- Devils Golf Course
  • A "golf cup" on the Devils Golf Course.- Devils Golf Course
  • The Devils Golf Course.- Devils Golf Course
  • Sunset at Devils Golf Course.- Devils Golf Course
  • Halite crystal formations at Devils Golf Course.- Devils Golf Course
  • Devils Golf Course by moonlight.- Devils Golf Course
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Pros: 
Breathtaking views. Short drive within the park.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Death Valley, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The salt flats in Badwater Basin of Death Valley are minerals that remain after the evaporation of Lake Manly over 10,000 years ago. Uniquely shaped by wind and rain, Devils Golf Course is the area's largest example of this phenomenon. These halite salt crystal formations are like hard, jagged rocks that dominate the landscape. Although you are allowed to go out on the golf course, it is not recommended; the terrain is uneven and sharp, and visitors are prone to cuts, twisted ankles, and broken bones. This salt flat is gets it's name from a 1934 National Park Service manual that states "only the Devil could play golf" on such a course. 

Devils Golf Course is a short drive from the Furnace Creek Area down Badwater Road and onto a rocky access road that leads to the middle of the salt flat. You can access Devils Golf Course in a car, but an SUV or off-road vehicle is preferable. The road stops at a small parking lot with enough room for about a dozen vehicles. There are no trails that take you further into the Golf Course, though none are needed. The views from this point are amazing. The Panamint Mountains tower over you and provide a fantastic backdrop to the eerie "golf course." There are no restrooms or water at this location. Dogs are allowed on leash, but not they are not recommended. 

 

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