Visiting Death Valley National Park
Are you thinking about taking a trip to Death Valley? Maybe it’s not on your radar as one of the top places in the country to visit. Hopefully, this will change your mind!
First off, you’ll want to plan your trip in the late fall, winter, or early spring. That’s because temps can rise to hazardous levels, and you DO NOT want your RV to break down in 120-degree heat.
Next, you might be curious about the hot spots (pun intended) to visit. As with many places, there are different strokes for different folks, and with Death Valley being the largest National Park, there’s A LOT to explore.
You have a few options, but the most common is Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek. You’re able to plug into full hookups and relax in the AC with a stocked fridge after a long day of exploring in the sun.
Now on to trails.
The Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the USA at 282 ft below sea level. It’s vast, flat, and salty. You’re able to park and walk out onto his great wasteland while staring up at the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, it feels like you can see forever into the distance.
If you want to step up your bucket list adventure, you can visit the lowest part of the USA and the same day visit nearby Mt Whitney, which is the tallest peak in the continental USA.
Yes, it’s fitting that a place called Death Valley would have a grip load of ghost towns and countless old mining operations from people trying to get rich. The Rhyolite ghost town is a unique place to visit. Lots of history and much of it is in great shape still.
The Zabriskie Point is a must hike. It takes you on windy peaks and valleys overlooking a colorful and vast landscape. Sunrise is the best time to explore Zabriskie Point. Be forewarned; it’s bigger and steeper than you think, so navigating back to your vehicle can be a challenge if you’re not paying attention to your location.
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is another must for many on their bucket list experience. Walk up and stand on top of a massive dune overlooking the desert. If you’re lucky, the military will be flying jets above you while you’re on the dunes. Bring lots of water and make sure you do this hike for sunrise or sunset as the lighting makes the landscape look magical.
You're in the middle of nowhere, so head out at night with a chair and stare into space. Without having the light from a nearby or distant city, you’ll enjoy complete darkness.