Located just outside the southeastern tip of the National Park boundary, the Salt Creek Hills are designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The Ashford Mill ruins are within DVNP and contain the remnants of a gold processing mill built in 1915 to service a mine 5 miles to the east in the Black Mountains.

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Ashford Mill is a former mining town settlement in Inyo County, California. It was located in Death Valley, at an elevation of 121 feet below sea level.

The original mill at the site was built in 1914 by brothers named Ashford.

The original mill at the site was built in 1914 by brothers named Ashford.

Located at the southeastern tip of Death Valley and just outside of the park boundary are the Salt Creek Hills.

Located at the southeastern tip of Death Valley and just outside of the park boundary is the Salt Creek Hills.

Providing a rare source of water in this wide desert expanse, Salt Creek Hills is rich with history of the Old Spanish Trail, mining operations from the 1800’s and, no doubt, prehistoric Native Americans were here, too. Today, Salt Creek Hills is home to the oldest standing structure in San Bernardino County. The rock building known as the Amargosa House was built in the early 1850’s.

Providing a rare source of water in this wide desert expanse, Salt Creek Hills is rich with history and home to the oldest standing structure in San Bernardino County. The rock building known as the Amargosa House was built in the early 1850’s.

There's an awesome shade tree along the trail to cool

There’s an awesome shade tree along the trail to cool off under.

Random off road cave I found after leaving the Salt Creek Hills area.

Further up the road, I found a rock shelter.

Of course I had to get and explore it.

It provided a nice little break from the sun and an incredible view of the valley below before continuing on to my next adventure.