Death Valley National Park Travel Guide, California Is Bone Dry!
Death Valley! Yeah finally, some nice weather that is a mixture of Dubai and California. I tried to go up north to see Lassen National Park and faced with snow storm, then I decided on Lake Tahoe but roads were closed due to inches of storm and finally went to Sequoia National Park. What do you think I found in there? More snow and a closed park entrance…
Before making my way to Death Valley I really started to worry that people confuses California with Canada. I came up with the conclusion that anywhere besides Death Valley may get inches of snow during winter season and early spring. But Death Valley…Finally met with the California sun for real. Best time to visit? I’d say anytime but not during the middle of summer if you don’t like the extreme hot temperature which can go up to 45-50 degrees Celcius.
Now let’s talk about the 2 day trip which will get you enough sun and stunning views during your weekend getaway. Alright let me start with the MUST VISIT locations so some of you guys might save some time if you’re a last-minute planner or if you have just a single day in the valley.
- Badwater Basin (Sunset Option 1)
- Mesquite Sand Dunes (Sunset Option 2)
- Zabriskie Point
- Devil’s Golf Course
These were the 4 stops that you HAVE TO visit if you are visiting Death Valley National Park. I’ll list the honorable mentions that I have visited at the end, however let’s talk about these big 4:
This is the lowest point in all North America. So it’s definitely something worth seeing. I know it looks like snow on the picture, but what if I told you it taste way more saltier. Yes of course I tried it! The sunsets here are magical, and I was not the only one who thinks in this way. So there will be bunch of other people with tripods and cameras, so be prepared and choose your spot before it gets crowded. It’s an infinite area so don’t hesitate to discover and search for interesting points, which in our case was the heart shape ones that we found among these circles.
Bad Water Basin will be one of my recommendation as a place to watch the sunset in Death Valley, however if you have only a single day, you can also think about Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes for epic Dubai themed pictures. So let’s talk about that real quick.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Well, no words to describe this picture above. Sand Dunes were absolutely epic and such relaxing to walk on top of them. I was expecting more of an infinite desert view, however I’m surprised that the area was actually quite smaller. Still, the view is stunning especially during sunset where the perfect colors are created on sky. For photographers or instagrammers, there is no limit of story that you can create with the sand, so I leave it up to you, but click on the picture above to see some inspiration that I tried during my trip.
You can reach whether with the car or do a moderate hike from Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, and Badlands Loop. This one is a long trail, if you are willing to walk in the dry desert, take as many food and drinks as you can carry. It is sure a rewarding view both from the top and from the bottom. However, for those of you who don’t like long hikes and sweaty t-shirts, just go to the top next to the car park, and you will still have a great view just like the cover picture of this post. That doesn’t mean I didn’t do the trails though lol, just wanted to put the better pictures 😉
Devil’s Golf Course
The Devil’s Golf Course is a large salt pan on the floor of Death Valley, located in the Mojave Desert. This is a really quick stop but while you are driving to the Badwater Basin, you must definitely stop by here. It’s a fascinating view and landscape passionates will love it! It definitely sums up the Death Valley vibes.
And that sums up my top 4 recommendation that you can complete within a day-trip. Now let me list the honorable mentions as I promised. If you guys have more time in Death Valley, or if you have sometime left during your day after the big 4, here are the places that you should definitely drive to:
- Artist’s Palette
- Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (just outside of Death Valley)
- Dante’s View
- Ballarat Ghost Town
- Mosaic Canyon
Aaand that’s it from this post. Hope you’ll make your way to Death Valley and have the best time of your vacation! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #npbybaris for your National Park picture on Instagram to get sweet surprises 😉
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