A Weekend in Death Valley National Park

After reading and continually hearing about Death Valley National Park, I decided to visit this local national park for myself.  Little did I know, I was stepping into what looked like a different planet.  The natural wonders of this park are absolutely incredible including: intricate canyons, vast and open salt dunes, and of course the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Here is a walk through of my two days at the park:

8 AM

Warning: you will need an early start as it gets miserable to do anything in the heat of the afternoon.  Andrew and I’s first stop in Death Valley was to visit Badwater Basin.  This is known as the lowest point in North America, ‎being −279 feet below sea level.  It was amazing to see the intricate formations that the salt made in the Earth.

9AM

Our next stop through the park was the rollercoaster drive through Artists Palette.  It was incredible to watch the rocks reflect and produce vibrant colors from the sunlight.  It truly looks like someone took a paint brush with a wide range of colors to the rocks.

10AM

Next up, Golden Canyon.  Honestly, by the time we made it here the sun was already becoming too much. We decided to opt out of the whole hike, but we did take some time to explore and walk through the canyons.  Even with the short amount of time, I knew this was a must-see of the park. Next time, I’m coming here at sunrise to do the whole experience.

11AM

We stopped to enjoy some needed shade and a peanut butter sandwich (I would suggest eating at the Furnace Creek picnic area). Make sure to STAY HYDRATED!

12PM

We made our way back down to Zabriskie Point to see the breathtaking viewpoint of a Death Valley landscape. We then opted for another drive, following the road down Twenty Mule Team Canyon.  This setting may seem familiar as some scenes of Star Wars was filmed here.  I would definitely recommend making this a stop on your Death Valley tour, as it is full of incredible views and rock formations unlike anything I have seen before.

1PM-5PM

Find some shelter from the sun.  No hike or long walk is going to be pleasurable in the miserable heat.  I suggest checking out Stovepipe Wells Village.  The area has plenty of food options, a pool, and other areas to keep you entertained and out of the heat!

6PM

We set up camp at the Emigrant campground, which only has about ten available spots.  Although the desert is not a place for much privacy, it makes for incredible sunsets and if you are lucky, a sky full of stars.

I would also recommend catching the sunset at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

10PM

My favorite time…STARGAZING! The desert never disappoints.

6AM

It was an early wake up call, but it’s always worth it for the adventure.  We made our way over to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes for a morning trudging up sand mountains.

There really is nothing like the desert.  The openness, the landscapes, and the natural wonders always have me coming back for more. I feel like there is still so much for me to discover about this amazing national park.

 

Have you visited Death Valley? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Happy travels,

L x

 

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10 thoughts on “A Weekend in Death Valley National Park

  1. I really do love Death Valley, I actually made a video on it. Would love if you checked it out. youtube.com/alicelogan1 I really enjoyed your timestamps throughout the day. Next time you will have to try and make it out to where the sliding rocks are, its far but breathtaking.

  2. I haven’t heard of it but now I am going to read more about it. The pictures are beautiful! I love stargazing in the desert. I enjoyed it when we went to Dubai.

  3. Stunning photos! I think one of my friends did an engagement photo shoot there, which came out pretty artistic. I will have to visit there one day.

  4. This place looks so exciting. I have heard good things about it and your pictures want me to add it to my bucket list. Thank you for all the information.

  5. It really does look like another plabet! I’m always checking to see if I can catch a flight deal – because nyc to the west coast national parks can be pretty pricey

  6. I’ve always wanted to visit this park! I grew up visiting National Parks, but we never quite made it to California. Coming from the Midwest, I haven’t seen much of the desert, so it would be a really cool landscape to explore.

  7. I have never been to Death Valley, but I love the idea of visiting a national park with so many different types of topography in one. I agree that hiking in the heat is miserable so I’m glad y’all found somewhere to rest! I absolutely loves stargazing as well. Thanks for sharing this information and your stunning pictures.

  8. Can’t wait to visit Death Valley. Have heard so much about the spectacular landscapes and it’s clear from your photos. Absolutely stunning. Great tip about staying hydrated!

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