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Panamint Springs, California


Panamint Springs, California

Panamint Springs
Unincorporated community
Panamint Springs is located in California
Panamint Springs
Location in California
Country United States
State California
County Inyo County
Elevation[1] 1,926 ft (587 m)
Panamint Springs, sitting on the western edge of Panamint Valley.
Panamint Valley from Panamint Springs.

Panamint Springs is an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[1] It lies at an elevation of 1926 feet (587 m).[1]


  • Location 1
  • History 2
  • Similar name 3
  • Politics 4
  • Nearby 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7


Panamint Springs is located along State Route 190 (SR190) between Old Toll Road and Panamint Valley Road.[2] The community features a motel, restaurant, and the last gas station for many miles in either direction on SR190.

Although not official by the Board of Geographic Names, Caltrans calls the SR190/Panamint Valley Road intersection, Panamint Junction. The junction is about 2.5 driving miles east of Panamint Springs. Towne Pass, a landmark when traveling to Death Valley, is 13.9 driving miles east on SR190. Beyond the pass, SR190 descends about 5,000 feet (1,500 m) to the dry bed of Lake Manly.

The Darwin Falls Wilderness, a U.S. Wilderness Area, is located just west of the settlement. The nearby area also features the Darwin Falls, a small but scenic waterfall, grotto and creek that are the only year-round water supply in the driest part of North America; despite the similarly named wilderness, the falls are located in and administered by Death Valley National Park. The dirt road entryway to the trail to Darwin Falls is located ¼ mile west of the settlement.

NAD27 latitude and longitude for Panamint Springs are and the feature ID number is 1661186. The elevation is identified as being 1,940 feet (590 m) AMSL.[3] The ZIP Code is 93545. The community is inside area code 760.


A post office operated at Panamint Springs from 1940 to 1946.[4]

Similar name

The similar-sounding ghost town Panamint, California, also known as Panamint City, is located in Surprise Canyon about 25.8 miles (41.5 km) at 127.1 degrees off true north.[5]


In the state legislature, Panamint Springs is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill,[6] and the 26th Assembly District, represented by Republican Devon Mathis.[7]

Federally, Panamint Springs is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook.[8]



  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Panamint Springs, California
  2. ^ Panamint Springs, California, 7.5-minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1986.
  3. ^ Panamint Springs, California, 7.5-minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1986 and National Geographic Names Database, US Geological Survey.
  4. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1192.  
  5. ^ Panamint Springs, California, 7.5-minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1986 and National Geographic Names Database, US Geological Survey. There are two Surprise Canyons in California: this is the one in Inyo county.
  6. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "California's 8th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 

External links

  • Aerial photos of area.
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