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town.ballarat [ghost town]

Ballarat California is located in Panamint Valley, which sits parallel to the much larger Death Valley (to the east). There's not much out here, except off-roading trails, old mines & awesome desert scenery. If you wanna camp primitive in Death Valley, this is the perfect area to do it. 4x4 trails will lead you up dead end canyons & over ridges. Old mines everywhere. Plenty history in & around Balarat to explore, including the old green truck that Charles Tex Watson drove as he tried to escape. The Barker Ranch (or Manson Cabin) is just up the hill a piece.
elevation: 1000'
population: 5
zip code: 93562


deep desert valley running parallel to Death Valley

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Inyo County
near Death Valley National Park
Hwy 190, N of Trona



  • Back Road Exploration
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mining Camps
  • Ghost Towns
  • Off-Roading
  • Panamint Valley
  • Charcoal Kilns
  • Barker Ranch
  • Goler Wash
  • Backpacking
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Trona Pinnacles
  • Darwin Falls Wilderness
  • Surprise Canyon Wilderness
  • BLM OHV Areas - Off Roading
  • BLM Desert Camping
  • description:
    Small desert ghost town with RV parking, a shower & maybe a general store. Historic graveyard & mining camp. Plenty of canyons to explore in your 4x4.

    nearby towns:
    Panamint Springs
    Death Valley
    Randsburg [Ghost Town]
    Red Mountain

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