For anyone who hasn’t been to USA or visited any national parks Death Valley sound..”dead” right? Some may wonder what you can do in a valley of death?! Read further and you will discover 8 stunning places to visit in this Valley.
Death Valley was the only national park in USA I have heard of before I eventually made some research about other national parks. I have heard about Death Valley in Hollywood movies where people got lost in the desert, where the maffia buried dead bodies and that it’s the hottest place on earth!
It was very hot but bearable as we where there in late october when it was autumn therefore cooler temperature. We only had two nights in the park but for being only two nighs we were able to discover amazing places.
Here are 8 places places we visited worth visiting:
1. The Mesquite flat sand dunes
This sand dunes tooked me by suprise by its beauty! At first glance by the car park I was not very impress but further as we went into the dunes the less footprints we saw and we were emerged by the beauty of the dunes and the landscape. Most of the people were staying very close to the car park so we were totatally alone and it was great not sharing this special moment with hundreds other visitor.
Three advises. Walk far far out and go for the sunset..and ENJOY!
2. Zabriskie Point
Another beautiful dunes! Very easy access to the parking lot and a very short walk to the point view. Our initial plan was to hike for the sunrise into the dunes but unfortunally David and I got into an argument ( ahh yes couples do argue!) and we went separate ways for a couple of hours so we didn’t enjoy this site as we could have. Now we just tap our head and wonder why we missed an opportunity to explore such an unique place!
Two advises. No matter what happen, take a walk into the dunes and go very early!
3. The racetrack – mysterious moving rocks
This place was hard to get to as normally you will need a 4WD to get there. But we tried our luck with Jucy, our rented car. We tooked our time and many times we thought we were going to get flat tires but we made it! It was an experience and the scenery was beautiful.
Still today nobody really knows why or how the small rock moves but I must say that the rocks are so much smaller than I expected! Most of them were as big as a handfist while I thought at first they were boulders big as a car..haha! Neverless, it was cool to see these mysterious moving rocks!
4. Artist drive
This is a short scenic drive along colorful volcano deposit colored by various mineral pigments.
5. Dante’s view
A pointview of Death Valley where we had our homemade dinner watching the sunset. I don’t recommend a car with trailer as driving up is very steep! Easy acces because you have the view directly from your car at the car park but stepping out of the car is definetly recommended!
6. Ubehebe Crater
We drove pass by this on our way back from the Racetrack. Personally we were not impressed by this crater because we have done hikes on massive volcanos few month earlier in Indonesia. It’s still worth walking around the rim. It should take around 30min-1hour.
7. Badwater basin
Badwater basin is the lowest point of North America with an elevation of 86 m below sealevel! Easy acces, just a few meter from the car park. And very hot!
8. Devil’s golf course
There is no Death Valley without the devil right? And who says that the devil doesn’t like to play golf? Easy acces as it’s just infront of the car park.
Don’t miss Death Valley if you are nearby…it’s totally not dead here!