Other Points of Interest, Death Valley National Park
Favorite thing: With 1,000-foot vertical walls in areas only separated by the width of road, Titus Canyon is arguably the most scenic backcountry drive in Death Valley. It's located 27 miles northeast of Stovepipe Wells via Route 190. Or you can visit from the east and enter the one-way dirt road about 7 miles east of the Nevada state line. Either way the dirt-road driving is very harsh to the car.
Favorite thing: Death Valley Buttes are one of the adventurous hikes recommended by the Park. There is no trailhead or marked trails. Just leave your car at Hell's Gate parking lot and follow your line of sight, as seen in photo. This is a great spot to view the sand dunes from a distance, and also the Death Valley.
Bring along lots of water with you, just in case :-D With a 200-square-mile salt pan surrounded by mountains, this is one of America's greatest vertical rises!
Fondest memory: Hey! This is DEATH Valley - Fondest memory? Are you kidding? :-)))
Fondest memory: From the overlook at Dante's View, you can see Badwater directly below, which is the exact point where the Valley lowers to 282 feet below sea level. Moreover, from there you can enjoy spectacular views across the whole Valley of the Panamint Range and the surrounding mountains. I've been told that, on clear winter days, it is also possible to see the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S., Mount Whitney at 14,011 feet.
Favorite thing: go and have a look of the Valley from Dante's View, located at 5475 ft. height. Probably it could be your first stop if you're coming from south-east, running Route 190 after arriving at Death Valley Junction (see map on this page), and it let you get a unique scenic overview of the area.
Favorite thing: visit the famed Zabriskie Point. Apart from being the source of inspiration for some artists (from the homonymous Michelangelo Antonioni's movie with the soundtrack played by the Pink Floyd, to one of the U2's 'Joshua Tree' album photos...), this spot shall provide you one of the most 'desolate' and at a time wonderful sights over the Valley panorama. Just below the sightseeing point is the Golden Canyon, formed by astonishing colorful rocks rounded by erosion; you can also enjoy an astonishing view of The Furnace Creek formation badlands. Beyond the rocks you can get a first glimpse of the great central dry basin in which are the Devil's Golf Course (see below) and the salt pool of Badwater (see below).
Favorite thing: The Ashford Mill ruins are located 44 miles south of Furnace Creek alongside highway 178. The mill was built in 1914 to process ore from a mine in the Black Mountains.
Favorite thing: In this area where saltwater lakes once flowed, salt crystals remain as remnants of another time when conditions weren't quite so harsh.