Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley

Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley

Peter says that Ubehebe Crater was named by the guy on Fat Albert that wears a cap over his head, so all you can hear is “ubehehbehebebbe”, but I’m not sure I buy it. πŸ˜‰

The crater was created by volcanic activity; the entire area surrounding it is black and ashy. The road up is pretty exciting — narrow and washboarded, with regular intervals of buckled pavement. Definitely
worth the trip, though.

We also swung by Scotty’s Castle, but arrived too late to do both a tour and still make it to the crater. Instead, we wandered around outside the castle and toured the little exhibit hall.

Both of us really liked North Highway from Hwy 190 up to the ranger station serving both Scotty’s and Ubehebe. It’s about 45 miles long, straight in parts and curvy in others. There are sections of roller-coaster dips and bumps — lots of fun at 65mph. πŸ˜‰ We came across very little other traffic, so we zoomed and bumped and dipped alone, for the most part. The road is lined with creosote bushes, some
smatterings of wildflowers, and desert rocks.

*happysigh*

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3 Responses to Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley

  1. wookiee says:

    That rocks. Makes you want to ride the bike around the inside rim really fast.

  2. hollyjean says:

    I’ve climbed that son ofa and although getting to the center of it is really nice, you get warm while you’re there (geologically active) and THEN comes the uphill part… memory provides the image of my little brother, only about five at the time (yes, Doug was once small) with a sweaty t-shirt over his head to cool off, crying as he climbed that nasty trail. So, motorcycle interests aside, that posted picture is NOT pretty.

  3. carolyn says:

    Hee! Sorry for dredging up a repressed memory. πŸ˜‰ We actually briefly considered climbing into the crater, but decided that we in no way wanted to walk back out of it. πŸ˜‰ It was pretty cold when we were there, though.

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