Hey neighbors, it’s Piper here! Ready to go on an adventure?
I thought we would travel to Death Valley, California, today! I hope this inspires you to check out Death Valley National Park in the future. Death Valley is a great park to visit in winter, as temperatures get dangerously hot in the summer.
So here are a few tidbits from my travels. Death Valley National Park is very diverse, with so much to do. Make sure to start your visit with a stop at Furnace Creek Visitor Center. There, you can confirm what is open and safe and get directions for what interests you. It is also very important to make sure to always have a full tank of gas, food/snacks, water, etc. Many parts of the park are remote. Plan ahead!
Here are a few Death Valley National Park facts:
- It is an eroded basin 140 miles long and the largest National Park in the lower 48 states.
- Temperatures can get as high as 134 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In the basin, it is 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in North America!
- If you are a Star Wars fan, several of the movies were filmed within Death Valley.
- It is located a little over two hours northwest of Las Vegas.
- My absolute favorite thing about Death Valley is that it is an International Dark Sky Park! The stars are incredible!
Some of my favorite points of interest are:
- Badwater Road to Badwater Basin (1-mile hike to basin) & Devils Golf Course
- Artist Drive & Artist Palette
- Zabriskie Point – for sunrise and sunsets
- Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes – one of the only places you can sled on the dunes
- Dante’s View – beautiful vista point
- Golden Canyon Hike – see canyons, badlands, and Red Cathedral (2.7 miles)
- Salt Creek Interpretive Trail – pupfish habitat (.5 mile walk )
- Ubehebe Crater
Places to stay and eat:
- Oasis at Death Valley – two properties both have several lodging and dining options
- Furnace Creek has full-service camping options
- Panamint Springs & Stovepipe Wells have camping options with limited amenities
I hope you are inspired to get out there and go on an adventure, whether it be in Death Valley National Park or somewhere else!
Until next time… Get out there and explore!
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