Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Devils Golf Course
Crystallized salts compose the jagged formations of this forbidding landscape. Deposited by ancient salt lakes and shaped by winds and rain, the crystals are forever changing.
Listen carefully. On a warm day you may hear a metallic cracking sound as the salt pinnacles expand and contract.
The Death Valley saltpan is one of the largest protected saltpans in North America. Salt continues to be deposited by recurring floods that occasionally submerge the lowest parts of the valley floor.
Delicate salt formations (right) are hidden among the harsh and rigid spires. Close inspection may reveal the tiny salt structures. Take care - one curious touch can cause them to crumble.
Be careful! Walking on the Devils Golf Course is very difficult. A fall could result in painful cuts or even broken bones.
Interbedded salt and water-bearing gravels are more than 1,000 feet thick beneath the Devils Golf Course. Great horizontal forces exerted by crystallizing salt, push these columns upward. Wind and rain carve them into fantastic shapes.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 36° 19.697′ N, 116° 51.637′ W. Marker is in Death Valley National Park, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Badwater Road south of California Route 190. The marker is in Death Valley National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Golden Canyon Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away); Zabriskie Point (approx. 6.9 miles away); Death Valley 49ers Gateway (approx. 8.3 miles away); Shorty Harris Grave (approx. 8.4 miles away); Badwater Pool (approx. 8½ miles away); Eagle Borax Works (approx. 8.8 miles away); Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley (approx. 8.9 miles away); 20 Mule Team Wagon Train (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Death Valley National Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on October 29, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 6, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.