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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