Death Valley is the largest national park in the US and one of the most surreal.
Entering the park feels like you have arrived on another planet without having to take a spaceship. As soon as you get into the park, the terrain changes from a barren desert to something otherworldly. It is incredibly vast with eroding million year-old mountains in every direction. The park is filled with extreme high peaks and low points. It's the site of the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin, which is only a 15 miles from the highest peak in the park, Telescope Peak. This makes for interesting contrasts in tempreature and landscapes. During our stay, Telescope Peak was still snow capped, Dante's View was a cool 70 degrees and filled with wildflowers, while the rest of the park was hot and dry.
At night, the park becomes a popular location for star gazing. Since it is so remote from city life and devoid of traffic lights, visitors can enjoy pristine views of the night sky. In fact, Death Valley is also one of only two places in California that belongs to the International Dark Sky Association.
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Amazing vista that is over 5,000 feet high with sweeping 360 degree views of the park. I highly recommend visiting this exhibit during sunset. Dante's Peak also served as the filming location for Star Wars.
Amazing primordial rock formations. This is my favorite spot in Death Valley for hiking.
This is the lowest point in North America. The ground is covered in salt crystals that look like snow. It feels like you are on another planet.
Golden Canyon is about a 1.5 mile hike to the Red Cathedral.
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