Death Valley National Park
A desert expanse in the U.S. known for being one of the hottest, driest, and lowest national parks featuring Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point.
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They don’t call it Death Valley National Park for nothing. California’s biggest, hottest, and most extreme national park may routinely hit temperatures exceeding 120 degrees during summer days (and a not-so-relieving 90 degrees at night), but the park has a certain mystique that keeps it at the top of lists for must-see California sights. Death Valley gives badlands a good name. Here, the Mojave meets multiple mountain ranges that shelter it from surrounding climates. This is no paradisiacal Yosemite and you won’t find any massive redwoods, but that doesn’t mean the rugged desert and its salt flats—like Badwater Basin, which boasts the lowest point in North America below sea level—don’t offer otherworldly views with vibrant colors. There’s plenty of terrain for backcountry hiking, camping, and driving for the more than 800,000 visitors that come each year. Many of them stop at scenic Zabriskie Point to watch the sun rise, or head to Racetrack Playa to see the home of the mysterious sailing stones, one of the natural wonders of the world, or drive out to Twenty Mule Team Canyon for breathtaking views of the dunes. The park is open throughout the year, but November through May make for easier hiking climates.
savannah.whitmer 3 years ago
Death Valley National Park, a highlight on any California National Park Roadtrip, is renowned for its otherworldly landscapes and extreme climate conditions, boasting the title of the hottest and driest national park in the United States. A must-see stop is Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, where travelers can walk upon vast salt flats. Amidst its harsh environment, visitors are awed by the park's dramatic vistas, such as the colorful Artist's Palette and the mesmerizing dunes at Mesquite Flat, making it a bucket-list destination for desert enthusiasts and landscape photographers alike.
seeker 4 months ago
Catch Death Valley National Park when the moon is small on a crisp, cloudless fall day and it can feel like you’re standing in space. There are special stargazing points near the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Stovepipe Wells where the mountains don’t encroach on the cosmos.
jrfrancis 2 years ago
Where the sky begins at your toes- Death Valley National Park is a treasure trove of night sky viewing opportunities. Twinkling stars and deep-hued skies visible at all angles head to this iconic destination as the sun begins to set for an unforgettable experience.
seeker 2 years ago
lwithrow 3 years ago
Death Valley National Park Guides
- seeker (Seeker Editors) Pack your bags and get ready for an epic road trip through the Golden State's most breathtaking landscapes. From the towering trees of Sequoia National Park to the serene vistas of Point Reyes National Seashore, our California National Park road trip guide covers all the must-see spots to fuel your wanderlust. Whether you're a seasoned hiker looking for your next challenge or a nature lover in search of tranquil beauty, this journey has something for everyone. Buckle up, and let's hit the road, taking in the dazzling array of ecosystems and unforgettable experiences each stop along the way has to offer.
- seeker (Seeker Editors) Whether it's getting lost in our shimmering galaxy or witnessing the beauty of bioluminescence, these parks offer some incredible nighttime experiences that will have you packing up your camping bag for an adventure. Who said the fun had to stop when the sun sets? This summer consider these parks for a mesmerizing nighttime experience cloaked in the night sky, beneath sparkling stars, and munching on a toasty marshmallow or two.
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