The Death Valley National Park is a national park in the US States of California and Nevada. The story of The Lost ’49ers gave the national park its name of “Death Valley”. Beside the story, there is much more people have heard about the wilds of the Death Valley.
There are ghost towns, wild lands, salty landscapes, and sand dunes in the National Park; people should discover its secrets and the truths behind the folklores and the stories they heard every day about the valley.
Besides being a deserted land, there are some exciting sites in the Valley such as Dante’s View, Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, Titus Canyon, Panamint Mountains, Devil’s golf course etc.
Things to see in Death Valley
There are many things people can see in National Park. Today you will learn about all the beautiful places in the Death Valley that you should visit. Every place you visit in the valley has a fascinated name to it; and behind every name, there is a story. Below is a list of things to do in the Death Valley national park.
- Badwater Basin
Why it is called Badwater? Isn’t that obvious, the salty water of the lake is undrinkable. The lake lies 279 feet below the sea level, making it the lowest point in North America.
Beautiful crusts of hexagonal shape salts will fascinate you and your family to visit the valley in your winter holidays, which might be the best season to visit the Death Valley. As the temperature goes down, people can easily wander around the beautiful corners of Badwater basin.
- Zabriskie Point
Take a walk around the beautiful landscape of the Death Valley at the Zabriskie point, especially during the time of sunrise and sunset. This is the best place to picture the Death Valley in your cameras.
- Mesquite Dunes
The snake like dunes of Mesquite gives the same feel as you are wandering around in the wild sands of the Sahara. People can hike there with a guide; also, they can take a short trip to the Stovepipe Wells which are not much farther away from the Mesquite Sand dunes.
- Salt CreekIf water comes out of nowhere in a salty landscape, then you might be wandering in the Salt Creek of the Death Valley. Rain brings life to the Salt Creek where people might find a few number of pupfishes, but you have to travel before the summer ends. Because after summer you will not find any water in the Salt Creek.
- Devil’s Golf Course
If you are thinking to play golf, this is not your place; however, devil’s golf course is the place where you can picturesque the beautiful landscapes, salty cliffs, rocks, and hexagonal salt formation on the lands of the Death Valley. Devil’s Golf Course is one of the most beautiful sights to see in the Death Valley National Park.
- Artist’s drive
If you got air conditioning in your automobiles, you can rise on the hot road of Artist’s Drive. During your ride, you can see some of beautiful sights such as the Badwater basin, Bald Hills, Artists Pallets, and Devil’s Golf Course.
- Scotty’s Castle
Scotty’s Castle or Death Valley Ranch is a two story Spanish Colonial revival type villa in the Grapevine Mountain, northern area of the Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
Guided tour to the castle are based on fee, guides will be available to the tourists who will take you to all the different sections of the castle. Visitors can see a tunnel below the castles; there are a few nickel-iron battery cells in the tunnel and a powerhouse.
- Furnace Creek Visitor Center
People can take their time to stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Tourists will be provided information and guidance about the national park. Tourists will be served with things that needed in the hot temperature of the California Death Valley.
There are restrooms and gift shops in the center; also, people can buy travel guides and other stuff from their shops.
- Rhyolite ghost town
Glory came to this town like a storm and left the same way as well. Many buildings were built in the town including some gold mines; however, after the finance panic of 1907, the town economy goes down same as in the other part of the United States. There are still a few buildings standing in the Ghost town such as train depot and the Bottle House.
- Harmony Borax Mines
William T. Coleman was the founder of the Harmony Borax Mines; he employed 40 men to extract borax from the mines. The mines are considered to be a central feature in the history of the Death Valley.
- Dante’s View
Dante’s View is a viewpoint terrace located on the north side of the coffin peak in the crest of Black Mountains. The Dante’s Paramount View will let you picturesque some of the beautiful sights in the National Park from a height of 1,669 meters.