Panamint Mountains


Panamint Mountains are one of the ranges in Death Valley National Park, California. The Panamint Mountains are a fault block mountain, meaning the bedrock is often broken up by faults, which tend to break up the continental crust. It makes the mountains shorter than other North American ranges.

Geographically, the mountains run north to south for 100 miles in Inyo County. They create the western wall of Death Valley and separate it from Panamint Valley. It is also part of the Basin and Range Province section at Great Basin. The tallest peak on this range is Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet.

Panamint Mountains have a couple of interesting features like Mount Whitney and Badwater Basin which can be seen from Panamint Range. It is the only location in the country where one can see both highest and lowest points in the Contiguous US. Close to the mountain range is Ballarat, an old mining and now ghost town on the western side of the range. Also in the vicinity is Wildrose Charcoal Kilns Ruins in the Wildrose Canyon. This is to the north of the range. Telescope Mountain can be snow capped in winter.

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