Teakettle Junction, California

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In 2008
A Tomistoma and Teakettle Junction.
Teakettle Junction in December 2011

Teakettle Junction is a road junction in Inyo County, California.[1][2] It lies at an elevation of 4,150 feet (1,260 m) in Death Valley near the Racetrack Playa and Ubehebe Crater.

At the junction where the unimproved road from Ubehebe Crater meets roads to the Racetrack Playa and Hunter Mountain, there is a sign reading "Teakettle Junction."[3] While the origin of the name is unknown, it has become a tradition for visitors to attach teakettles to the sign with messages written on them.[4][5][6] National Park Service rangers will sometimes remove a number of teakettles when there are too many.[6]

The rock at the junction includes the bedrock sandstone of the Eureka Quartzite strata.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Teakettle Junction in Death Valley". Los Angeles Times. January 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Teakettle Junction". www.usgs.gov.
  3. ^ Huegel, Tony (December 21, 2006). California Desert Byways: 68 of California's Best Backcountry Drives. Wilderness Press. ISBN 9780899974132 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Blakemore, Erin. "Death Valley Has a Secret Shrine to…Tea". Smithsonian Magazine.
  5. ^ "Teakettle Junction, Ca". digital-desert.com.
  6. ^ a b Massey, Peter; Wilson, Jeanne (April 24, 2006). Backcountry Adventures Southern California: The Ultimate Guide to the Backcountry for Anyone with a Sport Utility Vehicle. Adler Publishing. ISBN 9781930193260 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ George deVries Klein (1977), Clastic Tidal Facies, Continuing Education Publication Company, p. 50, ISBN 9780894690921

Coordinates: 36°45′37″N 117°32′33″W / 36.76028°N 117.54250°W / 36.76028; -117.54250