GPS Coordinates: 36.590600, -116.990600 (36°35’26.2″N 116°59’26.2″W)
Salt Creek is a desert oasis situated more than 200 feet below sea level. Salt Creek is the home of the rare Salt Creek Pupfish which thrives in the salty water. Here, you would find the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, a 1-mile boardwalk loop found within Salt Creek that is open all year around. This is a designated wilderness trail so do stay on the boardwalk. The trails are easy and suitable for all visitors.
The interesting part about this trail is the Salt Creek Pupfish. During the spring season (February – April), you will see them in spawn. The water level may vary depending on the season and time of the year.
These Pupfish are in the endangered species list and it’s interesting to see how these survive in the harshest weather condition. There are numerous interpretive signs along the way explaining more about the trail and the Pupfish. You can learn more about their behavior, how they adapt to their surroundings, and how they are related to other Pupfish found in the Mojave Desert.
Best Time to Visit / Photograph
The best time to visit is during the Spring Season (February – April) when the Salt Creek Pupfish are in spawn. This trail is open all year round but the water level may vary according to the season. You might find the water coming over the boardwalk during some parts of the year.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Digital Camera with Normal to Mid-Range Zoom Lens
- Cable shutter release or Remote Shutter Release
- Steady Tripod
- High powered flashlight for light painting and regular night time use
- Layered clothing to adapt to the changing weather or pack a sweater or windbreaker
- Carry plenty of water and snacks to keep yourself full and hydrated
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Headlamps and portable battery packs to keep your electronics charged
How to get there
Salt Creek Road located roughly 13 miles west of Furnace Creek on CA-190. Turn left on the unpaved Salt Creek Road and drive for about a mile until it ends at the trailhead.
Place to Stay
There are plenty of campsites in and around Furnace Creek all available in a first come first serve basis. You can book your campsite at the Visitors Center or use the Campsite Kiosk. You have Furnace Creek Campground, Texas Springs Campground and Sunset Campground with decent facilities.
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