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Death Valley National Park: Photos and Impressions of Extremes

Updated on July 24, 2020
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California is a state full of natural wonders including many state & national parks. See sites in San Francisco & many other areas visited.

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Travel Destination Extraordinaire!

This incredible Death Valley National Park has extreme temperatures ranging from sizzling highs to frigid lows. It has elevations from hundreds of feet below sea level to thousands of feet high. It experiences some of the driest conditions in the United States while sitting on top of one of the country's largest aquifers, and there is much more.

Come along with my friend and me as we did some exploring while on vacation. My traveling companion and I were to visit ten national parks and other interesting sites on a fantastic road trip from Houston, Texas to California and back in 1998. After seeing the grandeur of parks like the Grand Canyon and the majesty of parks like Yosemite, this park surprised and delighted us both.

Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states of the United States and contains 3.3 million acres. One could spend a lifetime exploring just this one park, and we had only allotted several days.

May was the month of our visit. The springtime flowers were putting on quite a show both in the mountainous areas of the park and the below-sea-level desert floor. The colors in the rocks were multi-hued and beautiful to behold.

Most of Death Valley, to this day, is wilderness. There are countless places to hike and explore, and most visitors to this national park enjoy coming in the winter and spring of the year when the temperatures are more moderate. There are some hearty souls (many of them from other countries) who purposely visit this park in the summer of each year because they want to experience the extreme temperatures. May was hot enough for my friend and me!

The desert does cool off at night, but during the day while hiking, one must be sure to carry enough water to stay hydrated.

Most of this national park is in California, with a small eastern portion located in Nevada. There are many roads paved and unpaved that run through this park, and all of them are well marked.

Death Valley National Park Photos

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Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort

I made reservations ahead of time for us to stay at this oasis within Death Valley National Park.

There are two distinct lodgings. There is a historic 66 room Inn at Furnace Creek and the very family friendly 224 room Ranch at Furnace Creek. My friend and I chose to stay at the Ranch and were delighted with the accommodations.

In the middle of an arid desert arises a veritable oasis where the spring-fed Furnace Creek brings life. It has housed native Americans in this location for numerous years. Next came the Forty-Niners, discovery of Borax mining, and now tourists arrive in droves to rest and relax after a day of enjoying the sites.

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Death Valley Museum

Relics of the old gold rush days and the famous 20 mule team borax vehicles and other items of interest are on the grounds of Furnace Creek Ranch.

Wagons that carried the ever-important and life-sustaining water to gold crushing equipment to old locomotives that hauled ore from the nearby mines, that and more can be seen up close on the grounds adjacent to the museum. It comprises quite an exhibit for history buffs or just for those curious onlookers who find themselves in this part of the national park.

It is well worth spending a bit of time in this area to see these relics and learn a bit more about the history of this area in days of the past.

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Golden Canyon

Visiting Golden Canyon was our first adventure in Death Valley after we had enjoyed that refreshing swim in the Furnace Creek pool. Oh, to have lazed around the pool all day would have been fun, but we had more of the park to see!

The hike into Golden Canyon takes one on a path that rises about 300 feet (91 meters). One can plan on spending about an hour and a half or more depending upon how many photos one decides to take of the myriad rock colors which present themselves along the way.

Again one is advised not to go too long without hydration. The warmth of the sun heats those rocks, and it must seem like a blast oven in the middle of the summer!

The sheer beauty of what one gets to see up close as one goes hiking makes Golden Canyon a worthwhile destination.

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Devil's Golf Course

Can you imagine the sheer horror on pioneers traveling in wagon trains headed west when they got to this area?

A sign at this site portrays the following:

"DEVILS GOLF COURSE

Interbedded salt and water-bearing gravels are more than 1,000 feet thick beneath the devil's golf course. Great horizontal forces exerted by crystallizing salt, push these columns upward. Wind and rain carve them into fantastic shapes."

Other tourists and we walked gingerly on these rough and irregular shapes being careful not to fall. The jagged shapes could probably easily cut one's skin if a mishap occurred.

Those pioneers would have had to find another way around this obstacle in Death Valley on their westward journey.

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Natural Bridge

A short hike, which was only about 1/2 mile, took us to another location called the Natural Bridge.

Amazingly tucked into the nooks and crannies of these desert floor rocks are blooming plants. Some of them look to be quite delicate. Rainstorms can awaken long-dormant seeds in the ground and bring forth emerging plants, some of which have beautiful flowers.

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Badwater Basin

At 282 feet below sea level, this is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, and what greets one's view is a flat white sea of salt with mountains rising in the distance. Small pools of undrinkable water are also present, depending upon rainfall. Be sure and wear your sunglasses when you explore this area!

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Ashford Mill Ruins

One day we had lunch in this spot. It is the site of an old mining operation that proved less than fruitful for its owners.

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Artist's Palette

The name of this part of the national park was of particular interest to me. Just as I have had a mixture of colors on my artist's palette, the colors in the rocks in this part of Death Valley certainly lived up to their assigned name.

These photos do not do justice to the vibrant mix of hues found here, but it will give you some impression of what there is if you were to visit. As in all desert scenery and most other landscapes, the time of day and lighting factors can cause these colors to fade or intensify depending upon conditions.

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Salt Creek Pupfish

Visitors to Death Valley National Park have the rare opportunity to view up-close fish that are truly living fossils. The small pupfish has over thousands of years adapted from living in freshwater to saltwater. Boardwalks take one alongside the Salt Creek, where one can see these tiny fish wiggling their way through the shallow water.

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20 Mule Team Borax

Anyone of a certain age (mine certainly!) will remember the old radio and television series showcasing the 20 mule teams in Death Valley, hauling their heavy loads of ore down from the mountains. It gave a distinct flavor to the Old West.

My friend and I traveled the graded one-way road into the 20 Mule Team Canyon and got to see some of the areas where those teams of mules and miners would have been operating. Undoubtedly the mules and miners did not have such a smooth road to traverse back in those days.

At one time, there were hundreds of mines, and there are warnings for people to stay out of them if discovered while hiking as they could be very dangerous. Gradually they are being sealed off.


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Dante's View

My car was put through its paces, getting to this beautiful spot around 5,475 feet above sea level to enjoy this panoramic view of Death Valley. One can easily see the white salt flats of Badwater Basin some 282 feet below sea level from this vantage point. In the distance are the High Sierra mountains rising some 14,000 feet and providing a dramatic backdrop.

My traveling companion and I enjoyed the meadows filled with a profusion of spring-flowering plants and took many photos. This site was our last stop before moving on to other adventures as we headed back in the direction of home.

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While we did not get to see everything, we did our best in the days allotted. Attached videos show you more of what there is to be seen and enjoyed if you are interested.

My friend and I would heartily recommend visiting this fantastic national park if you ever get the chance. It became one of our favorites of the national parks we got to visit on that particular vacation trip.

Have you ever visited or would you wish to visit Death Valley National Park?

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Death Valley is such an amazing place! Happy to be able to introduce it to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wonderfully presented and informative hub!

      Awesome article about the Death Valley National Park, with wonderful pictures and great videos. I learnt a lot about this amazing and interesting place.

      Somehow, I missed this earlier. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Sunni's Style,

      You are fortunate that you get to enjoy Death Valley on a regular basis since you live and work there. It is an amazing place! The Devil's Golf Course is certainly unusual and fascinating.

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      Sunshine A Conkey 

      20 months ago from CA

      I live and work in Death Valley. So far the Devil's Golf Course is one of my favorite spots.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi C E Clark,

      I agree with you in that this Death Valley National Park is totally unique and has a beauty all its own. We spent several days there but it was not enough time to see all of the park. What we did get to see was amazing!

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      This really is an amazing place and it's right here in California. You've included some excellent photos and so much great info. I was there in the early 80s, I think. It was May and 119º. A very interesting visit, and I highly recommend it to everyone. I don't know of any place in the U.S. like it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      I am happy to know that you enjoyed my Death Valley National Park photos. It is an amazing park!

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago

      Too often, it's true, photos do not do justice to our travel shots, but you did a nice job with yours. Thanks for sharing some of your trip with us!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Deborah,

      So glad that you enjoyed your virtual visit to Death Valley National Park via this information and all the many photos that I took. One thing you cannot experience except by being there is the weather. I can't even imagine the heat in mid-summer! I would not purposely visit Death Valley at that time, but some people actually wish to experience the sizzling heat. Houston, Texas gets hot enough for us! Thanks for your visit and comment. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Another place I haven't been! I am enjoying your travel hubs, Peggy, and your fabulous photos. Almost as good as being there. : )

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      It must take some great stamina to reach Mustang in Nepal but interesting to hear that you think it is similar to Death Valley National Park in California. Personally, I am happy that roads can get one to experience Death Valley a bit more easily. It is certainly a site worth seeing! Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      I love to travelling to rough terrain. Death valley seems like my type of destination. Mustang in Nepal is similar to Death Valley, however, we have to trek for 10 days to reach there, there are no airways or roadways.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for the inter-linking of our hubs. Death Valley National Park is so amazing! Undoubtedly you got to spend much more time there than our few days. We crammed in as much as possible, but didn't get to see Scottie's Castle and some of the other sites that you did. All of our national parks are special...but Death Valley really stands out as being so different as well as having its own special kind of beauty. Thanks for your comment.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderfully informative and beautiful hub on Death Valley National Park, one of my very favorite RVing destinations! Your photographs are terrific--I'm so jealous that you were there to see the spring flowers in full bloom! Thanks for the link to my hub, RV Camping in Death Valley National Park. I do have a link there to this hub, also. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi CyclingFitness,

      We were told that some tourists actually choose to visit Death Valley when the temperatures are at their hottest levels. Not me! I'd rather be able to see more of the National Park as we did. It was hot enough even then for us...but could be tolerated with precautions like having plenty of water, sunscreen, etc. Thanks for your comment.

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      Liam Hallam 

      9 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Fantastic hub Peggy W, A friend of mine just got back from there however they could only get out of the air conditioned oach for 15 mins at a time so her photos are nothing like those above- they really capture the majesty of it all!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Las Vegas is very close to Death Valley. In fact, that was our next stop on vacation after spending time in Death Valley National Park. Is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a novel?

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      billyaustindillon 

      9 years ago

      Was reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas bringing me back to your hub with the drive through Death Valley ;)

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ursula,

      So nice that you got to see Death Valley and can revisit it someday. We did not see everything but did as much as our time allowed. That Desert five spot is amazing as well as the other flowers that grow there. We were overwhelmed with the beauty there. Sounds as though you were also. Thanks for your comment!

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      Ursula 

      9 years ago

      Just came from Death Valley. I have similar photos. Yours are amazing! We experienced wind for two days so the visibility for the remaining days were poor for pictures. The first day was clear. Need to go back some day for the racetrack and Dante's view. I delight in the individual rock even; they are so intricate. I believe there is godliness in them. The flower, Desert five spot, surprised me growing between the rocks.

      Much love, Ursula

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Jace and Linz (Jaclin),

      Death Valley National Park is almost undescribable. My German girlfriend and I had spent time in 10 national parks and some state parks on our trip taken together a year after I had visited her in Germany. We had seen SO MUCH in the way of beauty! She had tears in her eyes when first viewing the Grand Canyon. Yet...after all was said and done, Death Valley was so different from all the others that it was one of her favorites. It is amazing to experience in person.

      Take plenty of water with you when visiting! It is dry and hot most of the year...blistering hot in the middle of the summer. My suggestion...go before or after June, July and August...even September. It is easy to understand how it got its name! Thanks again for commenting.

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      jaclin 

      9 years ago

      WOW!!! Again!!!

      My first venture into hubs was your 1950's road trip - now I am hooked - on YOUR hubs... am trying to go through most of your travel ones first... this hub on Death Valley is absolutely amazing - thank you for taking so much time and effort to put it all together... I am stunned too at the fantastic photographs... it all tells such a story... I fell in love with America last year during our three month road trip - and we visited many of the National Parks along the way... we are planning another road trip for a few years time - and Death Valley is on the schedule - so thank you for the taster...

      Regards

      Jace and Linz (Jaclin)

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello rickzimmerman,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about Death Valley National Park and my photos and impressions of the extremes found there. Thanks for the comment.

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      Rick Zimmerman 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peggy W: Your many great photos convey a real sense of the places you travel. Thanks! I am also celebrating reaching my 500th Hub with a special holiday greeting to my followers! May this Festive Season bring you Warmth, Friendship and Happiness, no matter when or how or with whom you celebrate! To add to your holiday merriment, I offer all of my hubs devoted to this time of year: All About Santa; The Polar Bear; Kris Kringle, the College Years; An Alphabetical Christmas; All About the North Pole; Enjoy Reindeer; and, of course, Little-Known Santas No. 1 through No. 17! Enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TwoPints,

      Hope that your wish comes true and that you get to do some exploring of Death Valley National Park someday. Thanks for the comment.

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      TwoPints 

      9 years ago

      Supper photos, would love to drive through there some day!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dosburros,

      Yes...Death Valley National Park is a definite site for a "travel wish list." Hope you get to see Death Valley in person someday. Thanks for the comment.

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      dosburros 

      9 years ago

      Amazing pics and obviously a fascinating place; somewhere to add to the travel wish list!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello poetryman6969,

      Yes...do! I think that you will be duly impressed when you see Death Valley National Park in person.

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      poetryman6969 

      9 years ago

      I have only driven past Death Valley. Clearly I will have to stop there long enough to look around some time.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello rmr,

      Thank you for the compliment on the photos in this Death Valley National Park hub as well as some of my other hubs. There are many interesting things about Death Valley including Racetrack Playa. As to the annual marathon, like you, I think that it is amazing that the human body can withstand such extremes of endurance.

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      rmr 

      9 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Peggy, you always have such beautiful photos in your hubs! I've never been to Death Valley, but I've always been mystified by the sailing stones on the Racetrack Playa. I also recently watched a TV show about the annual marathon there. I can't even begin to imagine how brutal that would be!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello rodric richenberg,

      As you aptly said, "Death Valley is an amazing place..." Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello happydogs,

      Until we visited Death Valley National Park, we also had no idea of the beauty that could be found there. Was just another National Park that we wished to visit. What I have found is that each and every National Park has something special distinguishing it from the rest. Would love to see them all someday. Nice dream!

      Yes...that swimming pool at Furnace Creek IS incredible! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      rodric richenberg 

      9 years ago

      Death Valley is an amazing place, great hub.

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      happydogs 

      9 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      Amazing photos! I never knew Death Valley was so beautiful. The swimming pool at Furnace Creek looks incredible.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello again CarpetDiem,

      WOW! is right! Thanks for contributing even more to this Death Valley National Park hub by adding more information about this Badwater/Ultramarathon race and also leaving a link. Those participants must be in terrific shape and have great stamina to survive those extremes! Thanks again!

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      CarpetDiem 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      hey Peggy,

      The foot race is called the The Badwater Ultramarathon. This is how wikipedia describes it:

      "The Badwater Ultramarathon describes itself as "the world's toughest foot race". It is a 135-mile (217 km) course starting at 282 feet (85 m) below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California's Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney. It takes place annually in mid-July, when the weather conditions are most extreme and temperatures over 120 °F (49 °C), even in the shade, are not uncommon. Consequently, very few people—even among ultramarathoners—are capable of finishing this grueling race."

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badwater_Ultramaratho...

      It used to be all the way to the top of Mt Whitney (14,494ft), but the forest service now requires a permit for each person and limits the number of permits each day, so the race was shortened... some runners still go to the top though... WOW!

      Steve

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello CarpetDiem (Steve),

      What a nice compliment! My German girlfriend and I were only in Death Valley for a few days...but we stayed busy, as you can tell. We took 3 1/2 weeks to travel by car from Houston to California seeing 10 National Parks and a few state parks along the way which was our main focus. A one night stopover in Las Vegas fit in to the schedule just because of location on the return trip. It was a glorious trip! Death Valley National Park was a real surprise. What surprised us was not only how interesting it was...but the beauty of the place. The name would not necessarily be the most enticing. Ha!

      Thanks for adding your comment about the annual foot race from Death Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney. How long does it take? Is it one of those that raises money for charity or is it done just for fun and exercise? What is the race called? Is there a link? Hope you come back to answer these questions. Would be interesting to know.

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      CarpetDiem 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Wow Peggy, awesome...

      I've bookmarked your hub, since it is the best site on Death Valley I've ever seen. I haven't been there in a long time, but now I want to go back... maybe this spring. I live in So Cal.

      If you wanted to add anything to this hub, you might mention there's an annual foot race from Death Valley (below sea level) to the top of Mt Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 (which I've hiked twice).

      By the way, how long were you in Death Valley? Based on your hub, it seems like you must have been there for a few months! Steve

      PS. Again, awesome hub!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello atifhameed,

      To be sure, Death Valley National Park is truly amazing. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello clearblue99,

      Happy to be able to introduce you via this hub to Death Valley National Park. Hope you do get to visit there someday in person. These photos will give you some idea of what can be found there...and there is much more! Thanks for the comment.

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      atifhameed 

      9 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Thanks for sharing very nice information.. Really amazing!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings sirrot,

      What a wonderful way to be able to see Death Valley National Park...in your own motor home. That is an ideal way to be able to travel! My friend and I were there in May and it was pretty hot on some of those hikes we took. It must really be something in the heat of the summer! Death Valley really does have some unusual but beautiful scenery. Thanks for your comment.

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      clearblue99 

      9 years ago from Clear Blue Sky

      wonderful blog very beautiful. i haven't been there but someday plan to visit

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello earn_Online_24x7,

      Glad that you now know that other photos you have seen you can now identify as being from Death Valley National Park. It is quite a place of beauty and also extremes of nature. Thanks for your comment.

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      earn_Online_24x7 

      9 years ago

      I've seen some of these photos but now I know its death valley National Park. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello timonweller,

      Death Valley National Park would be a beautiful place to go hiking for a few days or even longer. Just be sure and maintain good hydration especially if the time you choose to visit, the temperatures are sizzling. Personally I'd go sometime other than summer as the heat can be extreme. Thanks for the comment.

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      timonweller 

      9 years ago

      Death Valley looks like a beautiful place to go hiking for a few days. Hope to go see it all one day. Nice hub and love the pics.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello marisuewrites,

      It is hard to imagine pioneers in wagon trains heading West coming across things like what is now Death Valley National Park...especially the Devil's golfcourse! Obviously they would have had to find a way around it. So happy that you found these pictures to your liking.

      Death Valley National Park is truly an awesome place! Thanks for the comment.

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      marisuewrites 

      9 years ago from USA

      Positively fascinating and awesome pictures. I felt like I had seen them in person. Can you imagine being a pioneer and seeing these thru their eyes?

      Terrific!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Amie,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos taken in Death Valley National Park. It truly is a beautiful place so not hard to get good pictures! Thanks!

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      Amie Warren 

      9 years ago

      Peggy, this is an awesome hub! What beautiful pictures? I need to go read some more of your hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Billy,

      I can understand why you think of those old western movies when looking at the photos of Death Valley National Park. All except for the Devil's golfcourse! That was something to see!!! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      billyaustindillon 

      9 years ago

      Some great pictures here Peggy and brings me back to thinking of many of those Western movies.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello hitalot,

      Death Valley National Park is a grand place to visit as are all of our national parks. It is very different from most of the others and has a distinctive beauty all its own. Would I recommend it? Absolutely...yes!

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      hitalot 

      10 years ago

      This looks like a nice place to go and visit ?

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi map65,

      Yes...visiting Death Valley National Park was just that...an experience...and a great one at that! You are most welcome and appreciate the comment.

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      map65 

      10 years ago

      what an experience - thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings ColeCooper90,

      Death Valley certainly has a special kind of beauty but also obviously posed dangers to the early settlers traveling through it or making a living in it like the Borax miners. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      ColeCooper90 

      10 years ago from Portland Oregon

      It seems something so desolate shouldn't be able to be so beautiful.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Runway,

      Happy to be able to share these Death Valley National Park photos with you. Thanks for the comment.

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      Runway 

      10 years ago from New York

      Love the photos, they are gorgeous!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello joe w bennett,

      Glad that you liked these photos of Death Valley. Thanks for the comment.

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      joe w bennett 

      10 years ago from Clinton, MS, US of A

      Stunning photos of a stunning locale--thanks so much!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jj12,

      Death Valley really is stunning and if one visits in the Spring of the year one is likely to see many blooming flowers especially in the higher elevations. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello alertswiftreview,

      Glad that you liked this Death Valley National Park hub and yes...the colors in Death Valley are amazing. Thanks for the comment.

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      jj12 

      10 years ago from England

      I've never been to Death Valley but the photos make it look truly stunning. And I never realised there were flowers there either.

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      alertswiftreview 

      10 years ago from USA

      This is really great hub; all the pictures are amazing and very beautiful to see. Thanks for sharing all the photos with us, also the colors of death valley is great.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello JSAlison,

      What a nice compliment for my Death Valley National Park hub! Thanks!!! Yes...it is quite a trip!

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      JSAlison 

      10 years ago

      I doubt if there is a better page on the net for people who might want to visit Death Valley. It sounds like quite a trip!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jesslearn,

      Am sure that your kids and you, for that matter, would enjoy experiencing Death Valley National Park in person someday. Hope you get to do that with your kids. It will be a vacation that they will remember always!

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      jesslearn 

      10 years ago

      Wow, these pictures are gorgeous. I would love to visit Death Valley sometime. Looks fun to show the kids.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Stephanie,

      If you have been to Death Valley National Park for "visits" you have undoubtedly seen parts of the park that we missed. Have you written about your experiences in Death Valley? It would probably take countless visits to see it all. Glad that you liked the photos and thanks for the comment.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      10 years ago from USA

      This is a great article and wonderful photographs, Peggy. You've discovered some parts of the park that we missed during our visits, and certainly captured some wonderful views and flowering plants that many visitors don't get to see. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shtml,

      Yes...whoever named this stretch of land in Death Valley the Devil's golfcourse certainly knew that golfing there would be next to impossible. It is an apt name! Haha!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tylercoop,

      I would agree that we have so much beauty in the U.S. but this entire world is filled with beauty. Thus the interest in traveling to many places. Also introduces one to other cultures, foods, customs and the like which is also interesting. Thanks for visiting this Death Valley hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Trampoline man,

      If you wife is into photography...she would LOVE Death Valley National Park! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mercredi,

      I would agree with you about Death Valley having an ominous name. It undoubtedly claimed a few lives when the wagon trains were headed west in the early days of westward expansion. It is an amazing place to visit.

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      shtml 

      10 years ago

      wow looked hard espically the devils golf course

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Multi Blogging,

      Yes, Death Valley National Park is surely that!...interesting! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello giwrgos12,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on this Death Valley hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi earnestshub,

      Glad to hear that you also liked this Death Valley National Park hub. Thanks for the comment and extra votes! Appreciate it! :-)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello crystal jewelry,

      Happy to hear that you liked this tour of Death Valley National Park.

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      tylercoop 

      10 years ago

      I have been to Death Valley and it is absolutely beautiful. We have so much beauty here in the US, why would anyone go overseas.

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      Trampoline man 

      10 years ago

      Amazing pictures, i will have to show my wife, she is into photography. nice hub. Thanks.

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      Mercredi 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the amazing photos. It looks like a great place with an ominous name.

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      Multi Blogging 

      10 years ago

      wow very interesting places

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      giwrgos12 

      10 years ago from San Diego

      You have done great job. Thank you so much for sharing this useful things with us.

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      earnestshub 

      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a fantastic visit you had!

      You have done an amazing job on this hub.

      One of the best hubs I have seen.

      voted up and "beautiful"

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      crystal jewelry 

      10 years ago

      Thank-you for the tour Peggy. The photos were fabulous and I appreciated the history and insights. This is a fine example of a great hub. Well done!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi MD,

      Riding through Death Valley National Park on a bike race/ride would be amazing. They probably did not do it in the heat of the summer. Correct? Thanks for your complimentary comment as always.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dorinmouss,

      Happy to be able to share these photos of Death Valley with you. They are my favorite souvenir. Hope you get to visit this national park someday in person. It is amazing! Thanks for the comment.

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      Amazing again Peggy! I was particularly interested in Death Valley from the "cowboy days" but ffriends have ridden that "Furnace Creek 500" bike race/ride. This is beautiful . I sound redundant with your hubs but I can't help myself. I danced on those buttons Girl!

      Just looked at the names of the folks commenting. Interesting avatars- homeopathicacne! That would hurt me to spell. God bless!

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      dorinmouss 

      10 years ago from New York

      Wonderful photos! If only I could go there!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello homeopathicacne,

      Yes, I would have to agree with you, and Death Valley National Park is just one of them. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      homeopathicacne 

      10 years ago from US, New York

      wow.this are great pictures. great places you have in US

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings SidneyMorgan,

      Most of the animals burrow into the ground or caves or some type of shelter during the hottest parts of the day and come out to hunt at night in Death Valley National Park. That is how they survive. Thanks for the appreciative comment.

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      SidneyMorgan 

      10 years ago from Australia

      Amazing view. I am wondering how animal survive under those scary environmental condition? Great hub. Kudos to you.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nikitha p,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this Death Valley National Park hub.

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