Death Valley National Park is just over the Nevada-California border. It is the hottest, driest, and lowest elevated point in North America. So, why visit a place named Death Valley? It has unique desert landscapes, sand dunes, salt flats, starry night skies, and in the springtime, if you hit it just right, you can see tons of wildflowers bloom. Some scenes from Star Wars were even filmed there!
If you don’t know where to start or what to see in Death Valley, here are a few popular locations:
Start off by visiting Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. It’s a salt flat that appears to be never-ending. You can see it from the road or walk out onto it. Go from the lowest point to the highest.
Dantes View is a lookout 5,000 feet above Death Valley.
Next, check out the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. These hills of sand are as tall as 100 feet!
Another sight that will make you feel small is Ubehebe Crater. It’s the aftermath of a volcanic eruption that created a 600 feet deep crater.
Last, check out the Charcoal Kilns. These igloo-shaped rock houses were built back in the silver mining days.
Wherever you venture off to within the park make sure you have plenty of water. Staying hydrated in a dry hot climate is very important. Even during the Spring, the park can reach up to 100 degrees.
If you’re looking to explore the desert outside of Vegas, head to Death Valley for the day. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds.