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Death Valley, California: 34 reviews and 50 photos

  Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley
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This is the lowest place in the continental US and one of the two hottest places on earth, with summer highs often about 120-125 F and reaching as high as 136. It is a hellish place in the summer, and is dry, barren, and rocky all year long, with almost no rainfall. However, in winter, it is pleasant, ranging from slightly cold to slightly warm, highs anywhere inthe 50s-60s F, and even in early spring it is generally pleasant, if getting hot.

A fascinating place, striking and harsh, it has extensive sand dunes, swaths of land covered in gravel and rock with nary a weed, salt flats, and historic buildings - Scotty's Castle in the NE, abandoned Borax mines, and an old charcoal kiln site. It also has camping and a few hotels, one being an historic old hotel from the 1920s.

Directions: SE portion of the state, west of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • Written Jul 15, 2009
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