Driving in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is an American national park that sits on the California–Nevada border, east of the Sierra Nevada. The park borders Death Valley, the northern section of Panamint Valley, the southern part of Eureka Valley, and most of Saline Valley. Death Valley is the hottest, driest, largest, and lowest of all the national parks in the United States.

How it got it’s name?

Native Americans occupied the area from as early as 7000 BC. Most recently, the Timbisha around 1000 AD moved between winter camps in the valleys and summer grounds in the mountains. A group of European-Americans, caught in the valley in 1849 while looking for a shortcut to California’s goldfields gave the valley its name, even though only one of their group died there.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

  1. Experience Sunrise at Zabriskie Point. 
  2. Take a Drive Down Badwater Road.
  3. Explore a Rainbow of Rocks on Artist’s Drive.
  4. Enjoy a Spring Bloom of Wildflowers.
  5. Head Into the High Country at Dante’s View. 

Places to Explore Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is the ideal destination for you if you are an adrenaline rush junkie who is not amused by a common type of recreation. This National Park in California has possibly the hottest and harshest climate with a unique set of flora and fauna to explore during your visit. Ranger-guided tours are highly recommended to gain a full range of experience in the Death Valley National Park. 

Here are three places to explore here

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point is a section of the Amargosa Range discovered East of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California, United States, noted for its erosional landscape. It is made of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which withered 5 million years ago—long before Death Valley came into existence. Zabriskie Point offers a marvellous view of the badlands adjacent to the Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. A short walk up a concrete hill is needed to take advantage of this fantastic vantage point.

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park recorded as the lowest point in North America, with a depth of 282 ft below sea level. A visit to Badwater Basin is a spectacular experience! 

Badwater Basin is situated around 30 minutes south of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Most visitors will choose to drive to Badwater, view or hike on the salt flat, and then return north on Badwater Road the way they drove in. Enjoy the view from your vehicle during the summer, or during colder months, take a walk out onto the salt flat.

Racetrack Playa

The Racetrack Playa is a striking dry lake feature with “sailing stones” and inscribed linear “racetrack” imprints. It is situated above the northwestern side of Death Valley. This is the place to see those mysterious sailing stones – the large rocks that somehow slide over this dry, sloppy surface, leaving dotted trails behind them.

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