Lake Manly in Death Valley National Park: A Rare Sight to Behold
When you think of Death Valley National Park, you might conjure up images of a lifeless, barren landscape. But did you know that tucked away in this harsh desert environment lies a rare and stunning sight to behold? Lake Manly, located at the heart of the park, offers a unique opportunity to witness the magic of nature. Let’s dive in and discover more about this hidden gem.
Lake Manly, a saltwater lake, is currently one of the most distinctive geological features of Death Valley National Park. Last appearing in 2005 and now back after historic rainfall in the fall of 2023, it is situated at the lowest point of the park and is a remnant of a vast ancient lake that once existed in the area. Despite its unusual brackish waters, which are four times saltier than the ocean, Lake Manly is home to a variety of unique species that have adapted to its harsh environment, such as the pupfish, a small fish found only in a few locations in the American West.
Exploring the lake area is a fascinating experience. As you walk, you’ll notice a white boundary along the shores caused by the high salt concentration. The lake’s eerie, almost alien-like appearance, combined with the surrounding rocky mountains, gives you a sense of otherworldliness. The lake’s location, surrounded by the barren, desolate landscape, only adds to its mystique.
Taking a stroll around the Lake Manly wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding landscape, particularly from the nearby park lookout points. The area offers an excellent opportunity for hiking and photography, offering visitors plenty of opportunities to capture this exceptionally rare occurrence.
There is no better time than the present to come witness Lake Manly before it evaporates into the Death Valley’s rarified air. This unique geological feature and its mystical appearance creates an incredible experience for anyone who visit and this once-in-a-lifetime experience is not to be missed. With The Oasis at Death Valley a short drive away, make us your home base for exploring not only this rare wonder, but this land of amazing contrasts. Find your perfect offer and hurry to see Lake Manly before it disappears!