Get ready for one of the greatest surprises in the West. As the largest national park in the continental US, Death Valley boasts 3.4 million acres of mountains, valleys, geologic wonders and a history as rich in color as the rocks lit up at sunset. What to expect? Expect to be blown away and revived by the hottest place in the country.
It’s Not THAT Hot…
Though it claims the hottest temperature on record for the Western Hemisphere, Death Valley National Park is ideal for adventure travel in February and early March. By ideal we mean cool evenings, warm days and opportunities to relish refreshing rains sweeping across the valley and over the mountains. Take a break from the winter doldrums and maybe even get a little tan on your vacation to the geographic basin of America while the rest of the country freezes and sneezes.
Hike, Jeep, bike, swim, repeat. Spend the days of this action-packed itinerary exploring serpentine canyons by foot, bounce along in a Jeep below towering cliffs and trek along the angle of repose on the Mesquite Sand Dunes.
If biking brings you smiles, prepare for a true delight: the roads running through Death Valley offer a dreamy stretch of well-maintained pavement that pulls you into the landscape, carries you to the depths of the country at Badwater Basin 282-feet below sea level and then climbs to panoramic views at Dante’s where the mountains in the distance rise to a staggering 11,000-feet above the valley floor.
Capture Illustrated Desert Scenes
Bring your camera, your paints or simply be content to feast your eyes on Death Valley’s prized collection of rocks, plants and animals.
Sherbet, rose, gold, lavender and green formations wind along the walls rising out of the valley floor while wildlife and wildflowers animate the spaces between. Over 1,000 plant varietals, 51 species of mammals, 36 types of reptiles, 300 bird species and a handful of amphibians and fish bring movement and energy to every nook and cranny of this buzzing environment.
Create Funky, Magical Memories
We won’t lie: Death Valley National Park is kind of weird. Expansive salt flats invite your eyes to spy tricky mirages while pockets of water offer a respite in desert oases scattered throughout the park. Wander around the quirky rooms of Scotty’s Castle or play golf at the world’s lowest 18-hole course. There’s no shortage of astounding, fantastical discoveries to be experienced and cherished for a lifetime.
Kick it in Paradise
In this land of contrasts lies one of the most luxurious lodges found in the national parks. Your home for four nights, the Inn at Furnace Creek Resort has been the perfect host to movie stars, politicians, archaeologists, royalty and many souls who seek comfort in the midst of extremes.
After wearing yourself out in Death Valley’s playground, cozy up on one of the Inn’s many porches, opt for a massage, take a rejuvenating dip in the swimming pool and relax over some tasty gourmet bites before retiring to the Stargazing Patio for some late night entertainment. Hit the hay and prepare for another day of indulgences starting again tomorrow morning.
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Join our expert guides as they introduce you to rambling salt pans, rolling sand dunes, glorious palettes of rock rising from the valley floor and volcanic remnants showcased throughout the lower 48’s largest national park.