There is nothing to be scared about this place as its name suggests. The barred name was given by a group of pioneers who lost their way in this deserted landscape, while searching for gold mines in 1849.But since then this unusual landscape is attracting adventure lovers and tourists towards its mysterious clandestineness.
This is indeed a very beautiful place on earth that showcase sprawling desert with phenomenal sand dunes, eroded rocks, slot canyons, historic sites, oases, dry lakes, evaporative salt features along with peaks up to 12,000 feet high.
Death Valley National Park is in California is the largest national park in entire United States .It has an area of about 3.4 million acres of vast wasteland. Due to scanty rainfall, most of the areas lack any sort of vegetation cover that expose underneath colourful geomorphic layers of nearby hills.
It is the place where one can see the bloom of wildflowers. With a little rainfall just above 2 inches during winter months, the entire valley is adorned with a thick blanket of spectacular wildflowers (from the mid Feb-May).Other than this Death Valley display many varieties of plants and animals indigenous to that hostile climate.
The best time to visit this national park is in the month of December. January and February are also ideal months to travel there as the weather mostly remains pleasant during this time. The best way to roam around the valley is by taking a guided jeep tour where one can have a closer look at historic mining sites and shadowy canyons.
What To See In Death Valley?
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This is a grand fantasy house in Death Valley Ranch, hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine canyon. It was built in 1922 by a Chicago based millionaire Albert Johnson for his winter vacation. Tour to Scotty’s castle would let visitors have a glimpse of old world charm amidst the marooned wasteland. Park rangers dressed up in 1930s style costume along with 1,121 pipe welter theatre organ welcome the visitors, from where they are taken for a mysterious underground tour through tunnels.
It is a 135 mile long race in Death Valley which is regarded as “the world’s toughest foot race”. This path starts from 282 feet below the sea level and goes up to an elevation of 8360 feet (Mount Whitney). Every year during mid-July when the weather is in its extreme state, a race takes place in this patch. It is a great challenge for the adventure racers, and mountaineers to conquer the race against nature’s tough most elements.
It is one of the highest points that provide spectacular view of the entire Golden Canyon Bad Lands. Zabriskie point is high multi-coloured (yellow and beige) heaving landscape that is made up of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake about some five million years ago. These eroded Bad Land at Zabriskie point are topped with dark coloured caps formed by dried lava layers .The beauty of this mesmerizing landscape can be best admired during sun rise.
This huge volcanic crater is in the northern part of the valley on Cottonwood Mountain, which is about 8miles away of the Scottish castle. Research says this crater resulted from a massive volcanic activity that took place thousand years back. The size of the crater is about 1 kilometre wide and 150-232 meter deep, & one can track up to the bottom of the cone.