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That isn’t to say it isn’t named for good reasons. It’s the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. The contradictory forces of nature are really on display here. Snow-dusted peaks and Read more...
That isn’t to say it isn’t named for good reasons. It’s the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. The contradictory forces of nature are really on display here. Snow-dusted peaks and record heat? Yes. Wildflower summoning rainstorms between steady droughts? Check. Relieved fish taking refuge in crystal pools? Boiling hot water that flows out of the otherwise dry ground? Yes, yes, and yes.
Feel humbled amidst the prowess of the desert’s spacious immensity, sculpted rock, and vivid technicolor sunsets. Desert regions of harsh extremes and unencumbered beauty have inspired artists and outdoor-lovers alike.
You’re not limited to just the usual camping, hiking, or backpacking here. There is also rock climbing, horseback riding, golfing, off-highway vehicle adventures, and snowshoeing.
See to the lowest point in North America. Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level. Be sure to hike out a quarter mile to see the polygon salt formations that park is famous for. Hit up Zabriskie Point to see the most popular viewpoint in the park. The colored badlands of the Furnace Creek formation look like they belong on another planet.
If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can’t miss the racetrack. Here rocks mysteriously move across the desert floor (known as playa). It wasn’t until very recently that scientists discovered exactly how these rocks are moving. If you come here, please only drive on the road and do not walk on the playa when it is wet. It is very delicate!
After a long day in the desert, fall asleep to one of the best stargazing bedtime stories the night sky has to offer.