LIFE or DEATH WARNING: Be overly prepared for anything, this remote desert land can be a killer.
"A map in that case may have been a lifesaver for them."
Don't plan on seeing all this vast beauty in one trip. No way possible, unless you have a year off to explore. Off-roaders in Panamint Valley, mining camps, ghost towns, cool geology, and discovered the Manson hideout cabin. Saline Hot Springs and sand dunes, stargazing, castles and craters, palm oasis golf course, canyon hikes, abandon mines, stone cabins, plus so much more. Plan on spending a week or more, with 4x4 back routes - if your time is of leisure.
DUH: Death Valley is the hottest spot on the Western Hemisphere. It is common in the summer for temperatures in the valley to reach 120 degrees F (49 C). The average July temperature in Death Valley is 101 F (1961 - 1990). If you want to visit in summer, stay along main roads. Realize that real dangers arise on the back roads, where cell phone coverage and real help is unlikely (for weeks). Heat and this environment can kill, even if you so have a GPS, air conditioned SUV and water.
Highest (Telescope Peak 11049') & lowest desert (Badwater) terrain in the entire western region, with historical mining camps, colorful erosion, sand dunes
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Death Valley National Park
Hwy 395 or Interstate 15
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Death Valley Park - the name alone intrigues us. This entire region made up of Mohave desert is so beautiful & vast, a few days in an automobile tour hardly does it justice. Plan on spending as much time as possible here. Plan your days around a few activities in one region, make a loop & book lodging accordingly. Don't end up driving across the whole park twice, in 2-3 days, or you'll miss the real beauty of light & landscapes.