Panamint Valley, California - a dust sprite, with the Panamint range beyond
The Panamint Valley is located east of the Argus Range and Slate Range, and west of the Panamint Range in the northeastern reach of the Mojave Desert.
The northern end is in Death Valley National Park. The valley stretches approximately 65 miles (105km) from the Panamint Dunes in the north to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the south. It is more than 10 miles (16km) wide in the Hall Canyon area.
Barker Ranch, the last hideout of Charles Manson and the site at which he was arrested in 1969, is located at the southern. Most of the Barker "Family" Ranch was burned down in 2009.
It is an internally drained endorheic basin. Its central salt flat/hardpan can contain an ephemeral lake, like it did after unusually heavy rains in the spring of 2005. During pluvial periods of the Pleistocene, inflow from a chain of streams and lakes to the northwest sustained a large lake that overflowed into Lake Manly in Death Valley.