The appropriately named Valley
Of Desolation is a volcanic area of steam vents, fumaroles, hot
springs and boiling mud pots that lies along the trail heading
to the boiling lake. The area is extremely active and beautiful
with its lunar landscape.
The landscape at the Valley of Desolation
is an extreme contrast to the surrounding lush vegetation.
The area is extremely sulfurous with bubbling
mud and steam vents everywhere you look.
Supposedly, the volcanic mud is good for
your complexion, so I thought I'd try it out. It makes a great
exfoliant, but the arduous hike to get up there probably ages
you more than the youthful benefits of the mud. The alien landscape
makes it all worth it.