During my Spring 2010 trip to Death Valley, I had my first chance to visit Owl Hole Springs.  Driving the Owl Hole Springs Road had been one of my top priorities for the past couple of years, but I held off due to uncertainty about the road conditions.  Owl Hole Springs is about 10 miles west of the Harry Wade Road, and despite the warnings of "4x4 only" and "deep sand", I drove my 2wd Jeep Grand Cherokee and had absolutely no problems.  The road was in excellent condition during my visit.  Owl Hole Springs doesn't have a lot to see, but it is still an interesting brief stop to make while passing through to other destinations.  Some of the things you can check out there include the spring itself, some old foundation ruins, and mining relics.  During our visit, I was intrigued by the burro trap which had been set up.  Being that Owl Hole Springs is technically just outside of park boundaries, it appears that BLM officials have set up the trap in an effort to round up and remove wild burros from the area.  During our time in the southern Owlsheads, we probably saw about 15 burros roaming the area.
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Sign marking the turn-off from the Harry Wade Road onto the Owl Hole Springs Road.  The road dead ends 25 miles to the west at the defunct Microwave Relay Station, which is the parking area for a hike to the summit of Owl BM:
A second 4x4 warning sign is posted shortly after turning off onto Owl Hole Springs Road:
The next two pictures show the general condition of the road as we found it in between Harry Wade Road and Owl Hole Springs:
Parking area for Owl Hole Springs is at the western end.  The first thing we noticed was this trap which had been set up to catch burros.  When it is being used, it appears that burros can enter the trap to get water to drink, but they can't get back out:
Looking down into the black pool of water at Owl Hole Springs:
Concrete block foundation ruins are scattered around the area:
Looking down at the palm tree and grasses of Owl Hole Springs:
Full view of the burro trap, pool of water, and parking area:
Notice the remains of the large concrete wall to the left of the ore processor:
Close-up of the remains of the ore processor at Owl Hole Springs:
Close-up of the palm tree which sits in the middle of the small canyon:
Exploration of the small canyon is limited by the tall grasses and water from the springs:
View looking back down Owl Hole Springs Road from where we were driving earlier:
The next two pictures show all that remains of some other buildings which once stood here:
A collection of old tires is sitting on the ground at the springs:
Ore processing chute which sits at the eastern end of Owl Hole Springs:
The next two pictures show unprocessed rocks which were left over when this place was abandoned:
Old bucket with powder material still inside it:
Two final views of Owl Hole Springs before moving on to Sagenite Canyon: