We encountered one such automobile on one of our hikes up toward Trail Canyon in the Panamint Mountains.
At first I thought that what looked like a dune buggy had caught on fire and then at some later time gotten pummeled by energetic youths.
But then we found more debris a little farther up the wash, and it started to look more like the dune buggy had gotten caught in a flash flood and rolled down the hill for several miles and bent up and pulverized in the process,
leaving behind parts like this.
On later inquiry, we found out that there had been a big flood in 2004 which had washed a bunch of cars downhill at the Furnace Creek Inn whose parking lot is inconveniently located on the bed of a wash
|Picture of a van that was caught in the flood at Furnace Creek Inn.|
|And another car caught in the flood.|
|And another at some unknown location.|
In any case, rain is a rare event in Death Valley, but should you ever be there when it does rain, look out and don't be caught in what is a dry creek bed most of the time except when it rains at which time it becomes a wet creek bed transporting tons and tons of rocks and mud downhill toward the valley floor.