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“Vast and Exotic Experience in Extremes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Route 190, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
(760) 786-3200
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Irvine, California
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“Vast and Exotic Experience in Extremes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Not your average National Park. We visit several each year. Most we love for beauty and wildlife. This one ranks as 5 stars for sheer desolation, isolation, solitude and variety. The exotic landscapes are almost indescribable, something only photos can show and words cannot express. I spent half a lifetime not stopping here because it's a bit out of the way and other parks garner more reviews and attention because of their beauty. After all, who really wants to walk the valley of death?! It's mysterious and vast. The night sky here reveals more than you will see anywhere. I hope to be back for a full moon hike across the salty crust of the valley floor 282 feet below sea level. If you feel crowded out of the city or suburb you live in, come here for a day or two or three...as long as you can stand the arid climate. It's a test of survival and a huge immersion into the science of extremes. Oh, and yes, it is beautiful in a totally unique way. Did I mention just how far you can see? Pollution and development free too. Don't miss Artists Drive with the rollercoaster in a car effect driving through canyons reminiscent of Big Rock Candy Mountain will hills dusted with pink, green, red, orange, blue etc. Have a good reliable car, preferably 4WD SUV. Many miles to drive before you sleep. Many off road trails that, unlike most parks that say stay on the trail, encourage you to find the hidden gems off the trail. Now that's FREEDOM! Don't forget a full tank of gas, more water than you think you will need, extra food/snacks, and of course a camera. Supplies are limited on the 200 to 400 mile journey of your choosing. Enjoy your immersion in a different kind of wild.

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“A Mustang and Death Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

A day trip in a mustang! So glad we made the trip. Great roads and a dry desert, Badlands, Devils Golf course, Furnace Creek tourist centre and a real golf course in the desert, Kyolite ghost town and so much more, an extremely scenic trip which needs to be shown in photos! A lot of this great desert could be compared to Alice Springs in Oz.

Visited October 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Pleasantly surprised (Fall visit)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the park on October 12, 2014, which seemed perfect day for Death Valley. It did get above 100F around 2pm, but if you get there before sunrise - you will have lots to see and do (before the heat gets you)! We got to Dante's View for sunrise and then drove to Zabriske Pt. for sunrise views. After that, we drove into the valley and stopped at Devil's Golf Course, Badwater salt flats, Natural Bridge and Artist's drive. By the time we did all of that, Golden Canyon was busy and hot. We decided to skip the hike at Golden Canyon (because the heat and the amount of people). We were spoiled getting here so early since many of the POI's were not busy. I highly recommend the short hikes to Natural Bridge and at Badwater! Artist's Drive/Palette are awesome as well. I will review all of these separately, so for the park as a whole, we really enjoyed it and were completely surprised by the stark beauty & vivid colours of the geologic formations, and by the variety and grandeur of the expanses. I don't HAVE to go back, since we saw a lot, but I would love to see more of this awe-inspiring park. All said, I don't recommend a visit in the summer.

Visited October 2014
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Hereford
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“Hot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Was 111 degress when we visited. The Visitors Centre is a little sparse and we felt needed as cafe or at least ice creams and maybe more of a gift shop.

Visited October 2014
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Jonestown, PA
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“A must see.....if only once!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The name is alluring. We had to travel between Las Vegas and Mammoth Lakes, so we decided to see what this place is like. It was actually much smaller than we thought it would be, but it was fascinating to travel 250ft. below sea level. The pace is stark, but very interesting. We went to several points of interest and found the vistas actually quite beautiful! Other than hiking activities during cool hours or cooler months, there's not actually that much to do. The history is fascinating as is the geography, and the park can easily be visited in a day.

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