Death Valley National Park

What a wonderful place to spend the Winter Solstice/Christmas Holidays!

Death Valley offers peace and quiet and sunny days and starry nights.  The park is the largest in the lower 48 states.  It has mountain peaks up to 11000 feet and Badwater Valley at 282 feet below sea level.  It has Artists Drive with its gorgeous  palette of colors.  It has Mosiac Canyon with polished marble walls.  It has Zabriskie Point with great sunsets.  Every day there is more to explore.

We enjoyed many, many hikes in our 16 days in Death Valley.  Some of our  favorites include Gower Gulch, Darwin Falls, Titus Canyon, Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Desolation Canyon.  The story of the borax works adds an historic and human element.  The Timbisha Shoshone maintain a connection here to their homeland.  And of course there were prospectors and miners and the railroads that followed.

There are several campgrounds but very few hookups for RVers.  We found Sunset campground a good location close to the visitor center and the ranger programs.  The nearest affordable gas is in Beatty NV which also happens to be near the ghost town of Rhyolite.  Among other buildings in this abandoned town there is an old depot of the Tonopah and Las Vegas Railroad.  Beautiful building surrounded by an ugly fence.

This wasn’t our first visit to Death Valley and probably not our last.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Gower Gulch trails end

Gower Gulch trails end

Red Cathedral

Red Cathedral

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Darwin Falls

Darwin Falls

Artist's Drive

Artist’s Drive

20 Mule Team Borax wagons

20 Mule Team Borax wagons

282 Feet Below Sea Level

282 Feet Below Sea Level

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2 Responses to Death Valley National Park

  1. Ingrid says:

    16 days in Death Valley…. awesome. We were only able to spend 3 days there last winter and hope to return for a longer stay. Enjoy!

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  2. Spectacular scenery. Love all the names of the places.

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