Death Valley 

 

Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. It is the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America.

 

Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level.

This point is 84.6 miles (136.2 km) east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m).

 

Death Valley's Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reliably recorded air temperature in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.

 

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Road to Death Valley
Road to Death Valley

Located near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve.

It is located mostly in Inyo County, California. It runs from north to south between the Amargosa Range on the east and the Panamint Range on the west;the Sylvania Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains form its northern and southern boundaries, respectively.

Dodge Charger in Death Valley
Dodge Charger in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park  has an area of about 3,000 sq mi (7,800 km2).

The highest point in Death Valley itself is Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range, which has an elevation of 11,043 feet (3,366 m).

 

You definitely need a filled up tank at your car if you go for Death Valley. 

Some trees in the middle of nowhere
Some trees in the middle of nowhere

In spite of the overwhelming heat and sparse rainfall, Death Valley exhibits surprising biodiversity. Wildflowers, watered by snowmelt, carpet the desert floor each spring, continuing into June.

Bighorn sheep, red-tailed hawks, and wild burros may be seen. Death Valley has over 600 springs and ponds. Salt Creek, a mile-long shallow depressing in the center of the valley, supports pupfish.

Darwin Falls, on the western edge of Death Valley Monument, falls a hundred feet into a large pond surrounded by willows and cottonwood trees. Over 80 species of birds have been spotted around the pond.

Mosaic Canyon

 

Mosaic Canyon is a canyon in the north western mountain face of the valley which is named after a stream-derived breccia sediment with angular blocks of dolomite in a pebbly matrix. The entrance to Mosaic Canyon appears deceptively ordinary, but just a 1/4 mile (400m) walk up the canyon narrows dramatically to a deep slot cut into the face of Tucki Mountain. Smooth, polished marble walls enclose the trail as it follows the canyon's sinuous curves. The canyon follows faults that formed when the rocky crust of the Death Valley region began stretching just a few million years ago. Running water scoured away at the fault-weakened rock, gradually carving Mosaic canyon.

 

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Furnace Creek Ranch & Campground
Furnace Creek Ranch & Campground

Furnace Creek

 

Furnace Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. The population was 24 at the 2010 census, down from 31 at the 2000 census. The elevation of the village is 190 feet (58 m) below sea level. The Visitor Center, Museum, and headquarters of the Death Valley National Park are located at Furnace Creek. Furnace Creek is surrounded by a number of Park Service public campgrounds. Two of the Park's major tourist facilities, the Furnace Creek Inn and Furnace Creek Ranch, are located here.

Furnace Creek Golf Course
Furnace Creek Golf Course

The Furnace Creek Golf Course (originally Death Valley Golf Course) attached to the Ranch claims to be the lowest in the world, at 214 feet (65 m) below sea level. Most of the lodging is closed in the summer, when temperatures can surpass 125 °F (52 °C), but the golf course remains open; the resort went so far as to establish a summer tournament in 2011 called the Heatstroke Open, which drew a field of 48.

There is also a restaurant, cafe, store, and gas station in Furnace Creek village. The Furnace Creek Airport is located about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) west of the park headquarters.

 

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Bad Water Basin

 

Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 279 ft (85 m) below sea level.

Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the north west.

 

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Zabrikse Point

 

Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California, United States noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago—long before Death Valley came into existence.

 

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Death Valley Nationalpark has some interesting spots you can see along the way! For some of them you need to be prepared with good hiking equipment and enough water. But this will make sure that you will see many things along the way. 

And now you can see a few more pictures from Death Valley.