The Greatest Outdoor Natural Museum on Earth
Visiting Death Valley is the experience of a lifetime. Desert Valley National Park is a majestic, rugged environment with a history spanning thousands of years. The region offers woodlands, mountains, canyons, dunes and desert with a clear night sky second to none. The winter climate here is dry and moderate, with snow-covered mountain peaks lining the Valley. But the only escape from the hottest place on earth (temperatures can reach a record-setting 134 degrees) during the seven months of summer are the surrounding pine-covered mountains. When the rare downpour does occur, wildflowers burst open, filling the landscape with colorful blooms. Yet, even without moisture, the Valley is home to more than 1,000 types of plants. Wildlife abounds but is mostly nocturnal with larger animals found in the higher elevations.
Native Americans have inhabited Death Valley for thousands of years, learning to live skillfully in the harsh environment. Legends abound of brave pioneers, outlaws and badland hideouts, gunfights and skirmishes. But perhaps one of the most wonderful aspects of this amazing land is that visitors can experience the world of these earlier inhabitants, outlaws and explorers – and create their own amazing legend. Memories that will last a lifetime.