Hope DaK's trip went off OK, and that we hear a trip report from him soon.
Our DV visit on the 9-11th was PERFECT. Temps in the mid 70's and mid 50's at night.
We stayed in the campground at Stovepipe Wells (basically a dirt parking lot). Only $12/night for tents or dry camping in an RV. That's the best thing I can say about it really. It was convenient, and we didn't spend much time there.
1st stop was Mosaic Canyon, about 1/2 mile dirt road to a hiking trailhead. A beautiful narrow polished marble canyon with at least 1 major fault line exposed in the strata (not marked, you gotta' know what you're looking at, but it's fairly obvious).
2nd stop was actually called Marble Canyon. An easy dirt & sand road to a gravel wash going into a fork, one side Cottonwood Cyn and the other side Marble Canyon. We hit Marble 'cause there were supposed to be petroglyphs during and undisclosed hiking distance from the end of the Jeep trail.
It was a typical gravel wash road that any 2wd truck could easily accomplish. We walked about 1.5 miles...didn't see any petroglyphs (but found a sea snailshell fossil that was really cool). The narrows about 1 mile in are worth the hike. Increadible.
Saturday we took Saline Valley Rd (dirt) from 190 to Lippencott Pass (class IV...steep & rocky & narrow & high) to Racetrack and then on to Teakettle Junction and on to Scotty's Castle. That was a long day....about 10 hours, 7-8 of which was off road. A great day and highly recommended for Jeeps only (no long wheelbase vehicles on Lippencott..too narrow). Lippencott was challenging, but not a big deal with '33's and a 3" lift. I didn't have to hit the ARBs all weekend. Fun, fun day.
Sunday we only had a 1/2 day, so we did Hole-in-the-Wall. An easy gravel wash with spectacular geologic formations. We surprised a rare Desert Bighorn Sheep (female). She ran FAST and by the time we got the camera out she was pretty far off.
While walking to a higher area to see if we could get a better shot, we found a petroglyph! Doubt that anyone has found it before...really in the middle of nowhere.
As if that weren't fun enough, at the very end of this trail there is a fun 1/2 trail up a very loose & off camber red rock hill that's really enjoyable to tackle.
There's the report. I'll try to post some photos now.