“Yea, though I was through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”
This bible passage always comes to mind when I hear about Death Valley. I have been apprehensive about visiting out of fear and not knowing much about it. I never thought there were so many amazing things in a place with such a morbid name.
From the mountainous terrain down to the dry scorched earth, I set off to discover the beauty of the desert.
Located between California and Nevada- Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world. Just a two-hour drive from Las Vegas (my starting point) I embarked on a full day excursion exploring the park and here are some of the things I recommend you see:
Upon entering Death Valley National Park this should be your first stop. A short hike and you are rewarded with an incredible panoramic view of the landscape of Furnace Creek. Sunrise and sunsets are popular times to witness the badlands illuminated in colors of gold, brown and orange.
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
Mesquite Flat Dunes
Here you will find the largest dune in the park. There is an abundance of linear, crescent and star-shaped sand formations in this sandbox with the mountains in the backdrop as a bonus. This part of the valley gets extremely hot so take the necessary precautions.
Mesquite Flat Dune, Death Valley
Devil’s Golf Course
“Only the devil could play golf on such rough links” Is a stretch of salt rock that has been eroded by wind, which has formed on the jagged floor.
Devil’s Golf Course, Death Valley
Experience being in the lowest point of the USA. Situated 282 feet below sea level you will find the vast landscape of salt flats that look like a white blanket covering the ground.
Badwater Basin, Death Valley
Amazing views of the Panamint Mountains towering over Badwater Basin can be found 5,475 feet at Dante’s View.
Dante’s View, Death Valley
One of the coolest sections of the park is a mysterious one. Famous for the “moving” rocks that appear to have been dragged through the dried lake bed. Stones weighing up to 700 pounds tumbled from the mountains to the ground but, how the stones move along the ground remains a mystery.
**To reach this destination you will need a 4×4 vehicle.**
The Racetrack, Death Valley
Artist’s Drive and Palette
Hills painted in various colors caused by the oxidation of different metals caused by a volcanic explosion. Located on the scenic loop you can easily view this beautiful area of the park.
Artist’s Drive, Death Valley
Harmony Borax Works
The old borax mining site was once one of the most extensively worked and productive borax areas.
Harmony Borax Works, Death Valley
November to January is a good time to visit the park this is when you will experience cooler temperatures. Also, I recommend you go early so you can get to see as much of the park as you can.
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