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Recently improved & re-graded Goler Canyon Road, a 4 wheel
drive vehicle is still recommmeded. Goler Wash runs up the west
side of the Panamint Range to Mengel Pass, then drops down into
main section of Death
Valley National Park . It passes several stream crossings
along with rustic ranches, old mines & eventually ends up
descending into Death Valley. Newman's Cabin & Barker
Ranch are both photographed here.
The photograph of this entrance is from the West. From the
area and the ghost town of Ballarat,
taken Wingate Rd. South passing the gravel pit operation. Keep
your eyes peeled for the P52 signed marker on the left. Continuing
south on P70 will lead you into a military testing area with
a closed gate.
The skelton stones of Barker Ranch &
guest house still remain after a damaging fire in the last decade
Driving up this narrow canyon, you will find plenty
of great desert scenery. From the colorful rock cliffs above to the
small animals living in the bushes... this place is teaming with
adventure. This first small shack you'll come across from the
western entrance is called in Newman's Cabin. It was the headquarters
for the Newman Mine, a historic mining operation close by. This small
one-room structure has a sheet iron roof and very weathered wooden
The next stop is in another mining area that has a stone house
and plenty of abandon equipment laying around the property. Further
up the canyon will lead you to the infamous Barker
Ranch where Manson Family was captured. Eventually the road
leads down to Death Valley.
Primitive Camping along Backroads
A good map of the dirt back roads ishighly advised. Goler Wash
is the main way up to Barker Ranch from the west through the Panamint Valley
in Panimint Valley is wide open, & easy, but headed
east toward Death Valley, camping may be limited due to National
Park to restrictions. Best spots for primitive road side camping
is outside of park boundaries.
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