Death Valley

Death Valley
Windswept sand dunes of Death Valley in Mojave Desert. The Death Valley is the lowest, driest and the hottest area in North America

Nothing like experiencing the desert at its extreme, in Death Valley, Mojave Desert, California, United States

Rimli Sengupta
August 08 , 2014
Less than 1 Min Read

You don’t have to go to Death Valley in July like I did, but this desert on the California-Nevada state line is best experienced at its most extreme. Approach the valley from the west, past the gnarly Joshua trees at Panamint Springs, and climb to Towne Pass where it is nearly 5,000ft and a balmy 200C. Then, for the next 20km, keep your windows rolled down and stick out a hand as you plummet to Stovepipe Wells, where it is 100ft below sea level and 550C. During your stay at the valley, you will be seduced by glittering salt flats, windswept sand dunes and a riot of colours on the rocks at Zabriskie Point. But that initial plunge into hell will stay with you. On your way out towards Nevada, don’t forget to stop by the Amargosa Opera House at Death Valley Junction, population 4. See

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