Mosaic Canyon: This looks like mosaic walls chiseled away to make a cool hiking trail. Did not get too far as it was close to nightfall here but again, very cool architecture if you could call it that.
What you should know before you head here/or any national park
- Carry plenty of drinking water no matter how dependable water facilities may be, have some snacks handy and positively carry an emergency kit with a torch, blanket, etc.
- Check your tires and tire pressure, ensure you have an extra tire in case of emergency, stay with your car at all times if you have a breakdown. Park Service will find you and assist.
- Stick to the paths advised and only go off-road if you know your vehicle is capable of handling the terrain, you are sure of directions AND you have the necessary permits to be using backroads.
- Also carry a can of gas because gas stations inside national parks are pretty much a rare sight so if you need gas you are going to have to leave to find a gas station...
- ...which are difficult to find because you will most probably not have cell phone access in most places inside the park. There were entire routes that we were taking by going old school and just following instructions on signboards because there was absolutely no cell phone reception whatsoever. Even had to stop in the dark at one point and flag down another oncoming vehicle to find out if we were headed in the right direction so PLEASE travel with a group.
- Always stop at a Visitor Center to get one of the latest maps that tell you where the different entry checkpoints are, where the latest road blocks or construction zones are and where bathroom facilities are located.
- DO NOT feed desert animals! We had a close encounter with a pair of wild foxes while we pulled aside on a paved road for some pictures. They came right up to us, almost looking at us like they knew we’d give them something. The speed with which we all jumped back into the car was hilarious, because who knows if this thing decides to bite onto one of our healthy bodies and not let go!! We saw signs everywhere to not feed the wildlife and joked about what could possibly survive in Death Valley until the foxes decided to come and play :)