CA, Death Valley, GPS, Directions

Roode Rock

While out wandering around in the wilds of Death Valley National Park, we found a historic inscription by William Roode (also Rood or Rude), who was part of the Jayhawkers escaping Death Valley in 1849. There is some debate as to if the inscription was really made in 1849 or (more likely) later on his return visit in 1869. The rock is along an old native American trail. There is even a small panel of scratched petroglyphs nearby if you look around.

Also, I added a photo of an old AAA sign that was very close by in 2008. It has since been removed. The sign was probably a reproduction but still a rare to see out in the field. These used to be all over the desert. Only a few of them survive today.

Myself at Rood Rock

Also, check out my trip to the Lemoigne Mine and to the Jayhawker Spring Petroglyphs where Roode also left his mark.

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About Guy Starbuck

Guy has hiked the deserts and mountains of the southwestern U.S. for more than twenty-five years. In that time, he has found hidden and remote locations that don't see many visitors.
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