Dante's Peak is a rather famous overlook in Death Valley. After
driving up what seems like miles of windy roads - complete with
bottles of emergency water and "Put Vehichle in Low Gear to Avoid
Overheating" signs - you come to the a small parking lot and a
360o degree view of the floor of borax flats a mile below
you. Borax is a type of salt which is sometimes used by blacksmiths
to repair cracks in Iron (this is accomplished through extreme
heating). Needless to say, the view is breathtaking. So breathtaking
that the second unit felt it should be the view seen by Ben, Luke
and the gang at the Mos Eisley overlook. The city of course was
painted in by a matte artist, but the view you see today looks
almost identical to the one photographed 24 years ago.
The insider article pointed out you would know you
were facing the right direction upon seeing this sign.
N 36o 13.230'
W 116o 43.613'
Elevation: 5468 ft.
Comparison shot - Spring 1976 vs. Oct. 2000
Same as Above - Film Shot Before City Was Painted In
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