"Death Valley - Land of Beauty and Contrasts" Death Valley National Park by annk
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Death Valley is known for being one of the hottest and driest regions in North America. It receives about 2" of rain annually. It is also a land of contrasts and extremes. It not only has the hottest climate in N.America with a record high temp of 134 degrees/57 C but it also has the lowest elevation at 282 ft/86 m below sea level. On either side of the basin are 2 mountain ranges, the Panamints to the west and the Amargosa Range to the east with heights of up to over 11,000 ft./3353 m. All of this encompasses Death Valley N.P.
I was searching for a quick get-away and Death Valley seemed fit the bill given my limited time and last minute planning. Not that I was excited about visiting a desert, we practically live in one in the north Los Angeles area. But there really is no comparison between the drive through the Mohave Desert and Death Valley. The Mohave is brown and monotonous with a few eerie, twisted Joshua trees breaking up the terrain. Death Valley on the otherhand is varied and colorful with a wide range of elevations, rock formations, alluvial fans, areas devoid of all plant life to pine trees and snow in the mountains. It was more than I had envisioned or remembered from my last visit many years ago before it was a National Park.
National Monument - Declared by President Hoover February 11, 1933
National Park - Established October 31, 1994 and grew by 1,200,000 acres
Area - 3,336,000 acres/ 13500 sq km
Highest Visitation - February through April and November
Lowest Visitation - December and January (surprisingly during the cooler months)
Entrance Fee: - $10.00 per vehicle valid for 7 days.
Largest N.P. - in the continental U.S.
January - High 65F, Low 29F
July - High 116F, Low 88F
- Pros:breathtaking scenery, good hiking, intersting history
- Cons:stifiling HOT in the summer
The kilns are located at the base of the tree line where Mexican laborers harvested pinion pine. The wood was packed in... more travel advice
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