Death Valley National Park Things to Do

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  • 1. Scottys Castle

    In the 1920s Chicago millionaire Albert Johnson was sold the ultimate snake oil – the idea that there was gold in California’s Death Valley. In the dry, scorching conditions the ailing Johnson found...

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  • 2. Dante's View

    This is a peak about 5,500 ft high with a broad scenic view over and across Death Valley and the countryside around. It looks right out over Badwater (see tip on that), the lowest point in North...

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  • 3. Badwater

    Dead valley’s most significant claim to fame is not the lack of benevolence but its geography. This place happens to be the lowest point in the Americas or the whole of the Western hemisphere (rather...

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  • 4. Sand Dunes

    Another curiosity of the Dead Valley is its dunes. No matter that a desert in its sandy context is nowhere to be seen in close proximity, suddenly there is this swath of land covered by the most...

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  • 5. Artist's Drive

    Artist's Drive is a 9 mile (one way) road through Death Valley's most colorful scenery. As of November, 2004, the Artist's Drive road remained closed due to the damage from the summer floods, and was...

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  • 6. Keane Wonder Mill

    If you are looking for a real Ghost Town it doesnt get Ghostlier than this. Compared to Rhyolite which is more accessible by road and is frequented by visitors Keane Wonder Mine is deeply entrenched...

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  • 7. Harmony Borax Mines

    This marker reads: In 1881 Aaron Winters discovered borax on the marsh near this point. He later sold his holdings to W. T. Coleman of San Francisco, who built the Harmony Borax Works in 1882 and...

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  • 8. Devil's Golf Course

    For the golf players the name must tell it all – devil’s golf course. Apparently it is not a piece of cake to launch a ball from this kind of surface even for celebrities with feline-sounding names....

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  • 9. Furnace Creek

    So this is a place you can go to pay (a lot) for a drink or some trinkets. A lot of strange things are going on at this location. There is a resturant, bar, store, post office, and also a golf...

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  • 10. Ubehebe Crater

    This is a large crater that is visually stunning and in an area of utter desolation (actually pretty common for Death Valley). It and the others with it were created when hot magma contacted water and...

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  • 11. Natural Bridge Canyon

    Access to the Natural Bridge, and the trail to it, is down an unpaved road about 2 miles in length. This was the worst road I drove in the park (although there are several 4 wheel drive roads I did...

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  • 12. Zabriske's Point

    This is a scenic area just above Death Valley with views of the atmospheric, totally barren, and largely yellow landscape looking like piles of yellow curry around the small peak pf Zabriskie Point....

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  • 13. Salt Creek Trail

    One of the most interesting residents in the Salt Creek Area is the Death Valley Pupfish. This tiny fish does not exist anywhere outside the park, another good example of how nature can adapt to...

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  • 14. Artist's Palette

    Artist's palette is the nickname for the painted mountains looming over the valley. No exception to the rule in the Southwest of the USA where painted deserts and mountains seem to be the norm. In...

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  • 15. Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    Twenty Mule Team Canyon is a small canyon that winds its way through the badlands near Zabriskie Point. You can drive through it on a 3-mile long graded dirt road that is a relatively easy drive for...

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  • 16. Death Valley

    I had a blast trying to take nice pictures in Death Valley National Park. But, I know that I was only there for a short time. The lighting wasn't always at its best. And, I had my digital camera...

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  • 17. Mosaic Canyon

    A short gravel road located just west of Stovepipe Wells leads to the trailhead. The parking area also offers a nice view of Stovepipe Wells below and Death Valley beyond. Although the trail appears...

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  • 18. Stovepipe Wells

    It reads: NO. 848 EICHBAUM TOLL ROAD - In 1926, H. W. Eichbaum obtained a franchise for a toll road from Darwin Falls to Stovepipe Wells, the first maintained road into Death Valley from the west. It...

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  • 19. Golden Canyon

    For people like us, who live in a green area, this hike in the rocky, sandy canyon was quite an experience. It was here that I realised why the rangers warn the people for flash floods at the start of...

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  • 20. Flora / Fauna

    Although the name Death Valley brings up images of a totally bare place, and part of the park frequently looks that way, there is a variety of life in the park. You may see Kangaroo Rats, large...

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  • 21. Rhyolite

    There are at least 4 ghost towns either in the park or nearby. The best known and easiest to get to is Rhyolite which is located in Nevada just east of the park on Nevada Highway 374. The town of...

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  • 22. Furnace Creek Visitor Center

    The Furnace Creek Visitor Center features a number of exhibits regarding Death Valley's geology, history, plants, and animals. It also has a gift shop for souvenirs. The Visitor Center is 190 feet...

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  • 23. Titus Canyon

    Titus canyon is very impressive and you can drive it. Some parts are very narrow but there were a lot of cactus which were in flowers when we visited. See my flowers, many of the cactus were shot in...

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  • 24. Happy Canyon

    So much is on the east, north and south sides of DV. What about the westside? Well there are canyons and ghost towns there as well. Happy Canyon is near the ghost town of Ballarat. Maybe a 3 mile hike...

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  • 25. Devil's Cornfield

    This area is very near the Mesquite Sand Dunes and was named because it resembles a cornfield(?). The plants are actually mostly arrowweed. If some poor farmer's cornfield looks like this he's going...

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