This shelter is located in a section of Death Valley National Park that goes across the border of California, into Nevada. The shelter is on a small hill, has a stone wall at the entrance and is very close to a spring. The spring was dry the day we visited the site, but from what I understand it is still a viable source of water.
The shelter showed signs of being occupied by someone many years before whites came to the area. The historic occupation was probably by an independent miner or possibly a squatter. No matter who lived here in historic times it had to have been a very hard life.
The prehistoric people that lived here, or used the shelter as a stop over were better equipped for the lifestyle than most of us are today. They would have had water from the spring for most of the year, and the water would have attracted animals, which was a food source.
It is common knowledge that springs are places to find evidence of the past, and when I am researching a new area I always check for springs and seeps. Many times this information will lead to some great discoveries.