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“More beautiful than expected”

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Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
108 helpful votes
“More beautiful than expected”
Reviewed August 5, 2010

While summer in Death Valley is not to be taken lightly, we did venture in the mornings and evenings when the sun was not as strong (temps still in 118 F range.) Mosaic Canyon was beautiful and shaded when we went (2.4 mile gravel road to trail head) and we couldn't miss a quick trip to Badwater, the lowest elevation spot in the U.S., where people had fried eggs on the pavement. (The hot, dry wind there necessitates carrying drinking water at all times.) We would also recommend Artist's Scenic Drive, a 9 mile, one-way trip though the pigmented bluffs that make up the canyon walls as another great summer activity (one that you can do from inside the air conditioned car. ) Really beautiful, like Badlands NP in South Dakota. We'll have to come back in winter or spring for more exploring and longer hikes.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Death Valley Tour from Las Vegas”
Reviewed June 12, 2010

We booked with Adventure Photo Tours in Las Vegas. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us an excellent tour. I recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see what nature has created. We took lots of photos of the different landscapes.

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Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
45 helpful votes
“Roads are BAD!”
Reviewed June 11, 2010

Went to Death Valley in mid April 2010 - came in from north (on 395) took Scotty's Junction turn off (NV 267) - the road was so bad we thought the motorhome might come apart at the seams - it is VERY rough and corrigated, like a dirt road that is washboarded .... unbelievable that this road has not been repaired. The are doing some road construction through the valley & park, but there are long sections that they have taken down to almost gravel, and it is damaging to your vehicle - luckily we had brand new tires, or we would have definitely been changing flats or blowoiuts... Stayed in Mesquite campground - it appears this is just an "overnight" place - it filled up at about dusk, and emptied out by 9 am - we stayed two nights - the pay stations are slick - all computerized but solar powered - worked very well - the campground has no shade, but it's Death Valley - so don't expect any! We very much prefer this campground to the ones in the south - they are really crowded (and hotter).

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Puyallup, WA
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Mosaic Canyon, a must see along with much more in Death Valley.”
Reviewed April 10, 2010

We spent the day touring Death Valley and were amazed at all the sights there are to see. Mosaic Canyon near Stovepipe was one of our favorites. The polished marble along the canyon walls was beautiful. The Devil's Golf Course was interesting. Artists Drive was well worth the trip. There are smazing views of all different colors cascading down the cliff sides and throughout the hills. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in Stovepipe at the hotel there. Rhyolite, the ghost town, was a quick stop. There is a bottle house made entirely out of glass bottles that was unique. I was glad I saw it, but not overly impressed with that stop. We went through Beatty to get to Death Valley from Las Vegas and we stopped at the tourism office there and a pleasant, helpful gal gave us lots of good tips for the trip. One was to put your hand out the window at Hell's Gate and feel the instant temperature change. Overall we had a fabulous day and I would reccommend anyone who enjoys vast landscapes and scenery to make the trip.

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Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
38 helpful votes
“Death Valley, landscapes with a soul”
Reviewed April 10, 2010

Beside the beautiful landscapes, Death Valley is a place where you can hear the silence of your soul and be connected with our wonderful planet. Each time I go there (it'll be my 8th time soon), I feel peace and strenght to carry on in our busy and noisy world.
Just go to Dante's view, Zabriskie, Sand dunes or many other places in the early morning or at sunset and you'll experience a special moment of peace and joy.

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