Saturday, November 26, 2016

Have You Ever Been to Amargosa?

Have you ever been to Amargosa?
Or Death Valley?

Have you even heard of Amargosa?

Amargosa is a little town in the Mojave Desert, at the junction of Highways SR 190 and SR 127,
 east of Death Valley National Park, and only about 30 minutes to Furnace Creek.
The town is home to less than a half dozen people.
And yes...that is really an opera house!
In early 1967, Marta Beckett and her husband were traveling through Death Valley and had a flat tire.
As luck would have it, they were in Death Valley Junction.  
While the tire was being repaired, Marta wandered through the nearly deserted town and found a theater.  She had been a dancer and artist in New York in her younger days and was 
mesmerized by the theater and the opportunity to have it as her own.
In 1967 the little theater opened  as Amargosa Opera House.
She performed for a small audience of 12 adults, kids, and grandkids.
The little theater continued to open it's doors every Friday, Saturday, and Monday night 
for many years.  
Locals and tourists made up the audiences, and sometimes the theater opened to no one in the audience, but the show went on.
In the early 70's Marta painted an audience on the walls of the theater so that there 
would always be an audience.
She retired in 2012, and still lives in Amargosa.

The Amargosa Hotel is still available for bookings... 
Trip Advisor gives it 3.5 of 5 stars!
Inside some of the rooms you'll find more of Marta's murals!

I doubt that this is Marta, but she certainly may be a relative sprucing up the 
Amargosa Cafe!

Rumor has it that Amargosa is being spruced up a bit to accommodate the start of an artists colony!

Once in Death Valley, most everyone heads to Badwater Basin, 
the lowest point in the continent of North America at 282 feet below sea level!

We were there in the very early Spring...
the desert wildflowers were just starting to come out.

Some think the desert is a wasteland...
but if you're ever in Death Valley, you'll know that just ain't so.

Death Valley is quite an amazing place.  Summer temperatures get pretty darned hot
so the best time to visit is in Fall, Winter or Spring.

We've stayed in both the Furnace Creek Ranch and the Furnace Creek Inn.
The Ranch is economical, but the Inn...ooh la, la!!!
The Inn has a lovely pool, tennis courts and golf and a beautiful, fine dining restaurant.
And not to be missed, no matter which place you stay, cocktails at sunset on the patio of the Inn.!!!

Sunsets at from the patio of the Furnace Creek Inn at Death Valley are spectacular!!!

To visit more little corners of the on the images below!


  1. Ooh la la indeed! This is a trip I'm dying to make.

    1. I know you'll love Death Valley! I want to go again when the wildflowers are out in force!!!

  2. I've never been there, but I'd love to see Death Valley. Starkly beautiful shots!

    1. Death Valley is an unusual place on earth William! Here in California we have the lowest point on the North American continent, and the oldest lake...Mono Lake. Two very unusual bits of geographical anomalies!

  3. Ya know, I'm scoping out destinations for a trip, thanks for the tip, I'll add this to the list. I love these shots, great colors and contrasts.

    How is it that something that is 282 feet below sea level has very little water?

    1. Because it's in the desert?!!! The closer it gets to summer, the less water there will be! Death Valley is actually about 350 miles from the ocean! It runs along the California-Nevada border

  4. I think the answer to your questions at the start of the post are 'no'! Although it looks like a good place to visit. One more place to add to the bucket list!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    1. Death Valley is a definite destination for for most International travelers who come to California Stewart!

  5. That first photo is stunning. And then the amazing images keep coming. Wow.

  6. These are beautiful! I especially like the black and whites!

  7. Gorgeous photos Kathryn!
    Although I haven't been there for about 25 years, I've been there many times. It is an amazing place. So much to see and do there.

    1. I'm surprised you haven't been back since then! It is a very different terrain!

  8. I've never been. But it sure looks like someplace I'd visit.

  9. Wow - what amazing landscape! Great shots.


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