Death Valley National Park

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With its dramatic sceneries and otherworldly beauty, the Death Valley National Park is a place like no other.

In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley” (National Park Service).

Straddling the California - Nevada border, east of the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley National Park occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts, and is the largest national park in the lower 48 states, and the hottest, driest and lowest of all the national parks in the United States.

“Despite its ominous name, Death Valley National Park is a remarkable landscape alive with unmatched beauty, characterized by miles of deep sand dunes, technicolor rocks and canyons, rare and endemic wildlife, one-of-a-kind evaporative salt elements, and jaw-dropping peaks that rise 11,000 feet above neighboring valleys.

Visitors to Death Valley National Park will also find a wreath of relics from its long history that offer a glimpse into the harsh life of the area’s early settlers and native inhabitants, including metal ore mines, charcoal kilns, ghost towns, petroglyphs, and ancient Shoshone foot trails” (Travel Nevada).

We didn't have too much time nor the proper vehicle to explore more of the park, but what we were able to see was more than enough to leave us truly overwhelmed. It was amazing to spend New Years (2017-18) there, car-camping under a sky filled with millions of stars.

I hope we will have the chance to be back there soon.