UPDATE: According to this map that is referenced by the Natural Resources Management Act, the following photos were not taken on lands that are part of the new protected areas. They were, however, taken on National Park lands, BLM protected wilderness lands, and traditional BLM lands that are not protected.
On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I made the drive to Death Valley to see the sun rise on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. I had never been to Death Valley before, but after seeing a wide blanket of snow while on the flight to Vegas, I decided to make the trip to photograph the snow. My goal was to photograph the highest peak in Death Valley National Park; Telescope Peak in the Panamint Mountains. I arrived at Dante’s View just before sunrise and was able to capture a series of panoramas.
On the drive back to Las Vegas I also captured some photos on BLM land adjacent to Death Valley. The Natural Resources Management Act was signed yesterday by President Trump and expanding protected lands and National Park lands. The areas of expansion near Death Valley are the North Eureka Valley, Panamint Valley, Warm Spring Canyon, Galena Canyon, Ibex, Surprise Canyon, Axe Head, and Bowling Alley.
The BLM land on the north side of Highway 190 was protected in 1994, as part of the BLM’s Funeral Mountains Wilderness Area. The BLM land on the south side of Highway 190 that surrounds Death Valley Junction is not currently protected but may be protected in the future. The BLM land that covers Shadow Mountain, and Eagle Mountain in the images below are protected as part of the BLM’s Resting Spring Range Wilderness Area, that was also protected in 1994.