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Four separate American Indian cultures have existed in Death Valley. The Nevares Spring People, a group of primitive hunters and seed gatherers about 9000 years ago when lakes still existed in the basin then, the climate was mild and games was plentiful. Four thousand years later the culturally similar Mesquite Flat People replaced the original inhabitants. The third group, the Saratoga Spring People, arrived about 2000 years ago to a dry, hot desert. These more advanced hunters and gatherers created handcrafts and left mysterious, meticulously created stone patterns in the valley. The Desert Shoshone moved into desolate area 1000 years ago. They were nomads, living on game, mesquite beans and pinyon nuts. They camped in the valley near water sources during winter and moved into cooler mountains in summer.

California’s Abandoned Mines - Stay Out - Stay Alive!

The first white people were two groups of emigrants on their way looking for California gold. About 100 people wandered down Furnace Creek Wash in late 1849 while looking for a shortcut to the Mother Lode country. Lost and out of food, the two separate groups were forced to endure severe hardships before they could escape from the desert. Their experience provided the valley with its morbid name.

We pass through heading to Nevada and explored just a bit. Planning another trip before winter is over to see the other side of this spectacular park(2010). Decided to venture out again with all the clan in tow (2005). We had some record rain in southern California, which is bad for many areas, but great for the desert life. Wildflowers will be a record this year, so if your a native Californian you should venture out to the desert and mountains to see them.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful country with lots to see and do.
  • Cons:Blazing hot in summer and have respect for the roads!
  • In a nutshell:Just take your time and enjoy!
  • Last visit to Death Valley National Park: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Hi Dee- some very nice tips about a fascinating, beautiful place. I went there long ago when i was in college

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Hi Dee! What an interesting place! Hope to see it one day.
    Thank you for stopping by our Belle River page. Yes, Ontario has a lot of fun and things to do at summer time. Check out our Amherstburg page update pls!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Your tips and photos bring back nice memories of my own trip to Death Valley in the 1960s. I don’t think there were so many historical markers back then, however.

  • Appenzeller's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    excellent page !

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Thanks for bringing back memories, Dee .-) Although... it changed a lot since I was there decades ago. More viewpoints it seems and byways to explore. Desert in bloom must be especially enchanting!

  • schurlif's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    "devouring" your DV tips, I'll be there for the first time April 21.... Don't know how long I should or could stay....

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Love the blooms & the scenic vistas around here = one day maybe I can go here too!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Great travel page! I went through in September so the photos on my page are a lot deader. I think you and I are leading VT on pictures of historical plaques and signs.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    Interesting tips on Death Valley. We went past on a tour, didn't stop, have wondered what it would be like, now I know. Interesting is the link to Ballarat, aust., never knew that, and the wildflowers are lovely!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    The beauty- wildflowers & scenery The danger? scorpions, spiders, and snakes.Death Valley lives up to its name. Good tip regarding Borax and its uses. Lovely pictures, Dee. I will return to this page anon.


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