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Young Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater) spotted in Death Valley.­

Chuckwalla belong to the Iguana family, and they look like fat, chubby lizards.­ But they are excellent climbers, and this one was able to climb a vertical wall of marble rock that was rather smooth.­

For more information about Chuckwallas, read digital-desert.­com/­wildlife/­lizards/­chuckwalla.­html and en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Sauromalus_­ater.

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Mosaic Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, DEATH VALLEY, CA 92328, USA

Photos of the hard-to-reach Grotto Canyon in Death Valley National Park.­

Grotto Canyon is one of the most beautiful slot-canyon in Death Valley.­ It is very close from Stovepipe Wells and easy to access, but getting up this canyon is a real workout and it cannot be done alone and requires ropes.­

A group of at least 4 people with at least 9 meters (30 feet) of climbing rope or strap can easiely pass the first 3 dry falls, and there is a 30 feet dry fall that can be bypassed by the left (East side).­

Two experienced climbers may be able to negotiate this canyon, but I am not sure I could have been very far up without the help of all the other hikers that we met there.­ And I did have exactly the type of climbing rope we needed.­

Our great team that day was Lauren, Dana, Aprin, Chhun, Sharon and I.­ Yay!

For more information about Grotto Canyon, read www.­americansouthwest.­net/­slot_­canyons/­grotto/­canyon.­html

Related series:
- The Mysterious Sailing Stones of Death Valley
- Death Valley

Photos taken in the Death Valley National Park.­

Related series:
- The Mysterious Sailing Stones of Death Valley
- Grotto Canyon (Death Valley)
- Fall Canyon (Death Valley)
- Mating California Toads (Darwin Falls, Death Valley)


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