Death Valley

WHERE: SALINE VALLEY, DEATH VALLEY NP

 

NEAREST TOWN: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

 

WHY GO
Incredibly stark landscape that exposes the geological processes that are typically hidden by vegetation most other places. Requires a AWD to get around but every night you can camp in drastically different landscapes that include; sand dunes, mountain valleys, hot springs, Joshua tree plains and even sleep next to the enigma called the devils racetrack.

 

ACTIVITIES
Day Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Hot Spring Soaking

 

WHY GO
Stark beauty and variety of a grand desert basin.

 

BEST BITS
Soaking in the natural hot springs.

The historic rains during our trip also brought historic numbers of wild flowers.

 

BUMMERS
The historic rains forced us to leave the park until the weather improved.

 

CHALLENGES
Despite the rain making sure we had enough fresh drinking water.

 

GETTING THERE
Fly into Las Vegas, rent a car, stock up on food from Trader Joe’s and head for the hills.

Always check with the rangers office about the potential of flash floods and extreme heat.

 

PLANNING
Go in the winter. Rent a 4WD so you can follow the path less taken to places far and remote.

 

GEAR TIPS
3L collapsible water jug – water is always an issue here.

Hearty Stew

Adirondacks: Big Rock Pond

Huckleberry Loop