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Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park preserves 3,367,628 acres of scenic desert landscape. Originally designated a national monument in 1933 and the upgraded to park status with significant expansions in 1994. Park elevations range from 282 feet below sea-level (at Badwater) to 11,049 at Telescope Peak. It is hottest region in North America where daytime temperatures reach upwards of 134 F. The climate includes occasional summer thunderstorms that can cause flash floods in local canyons, but the area normally only gets less than 2 inches of precipitation annually.
Interestingly enough, Death Valley is more popular for Europeans than it is for Californians. Its 3.3 million acres makes it the largest national park in the lower 48 states. The best time to visit is in spring when temperatures range from 65 to 90 and wildflowers are in bloom. People still come in the summer, and if you do, remember to bring lots of water.
Death Valley gained its notoriety only in recent history when in 1849 a band of gold seekers started across the desert in the mistaken belief that it was a shortcut to the California gold fields. After running low on food and water, the band split into several groups in a frantic effort to escape. Several of the pioneers died.
Later the area was famous for the discovery of an important mineral - borax. Prospectors built roads and assembled large 20-mule wagon teams to haul out loads weighing upto 40 tons.
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Death Valley Encampment
Badwater Ultra Marathon [JULY]
Death Valley Borax Marathon [DEC]
Death Valley Trail Marathon [FEB]
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Death Valley - Furnace Creek Golf Course
Located about 2 1/2 hours from the strip. Opened in 1965, designed by William Bell. At 214 feet below sea level, this is the lowest lying golf course in the world. However, during the summer, temperatures easily top 125 degrees, so beware.
And don't bother looking for the putting green, this course is famous for "linkage so rough only the devil would play on it." Actually the course is noteworthy for rock hard salt pinnacles that create interesting formations resembling crystal caves, one of the more interesting natural landmarks in Death Valley.
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Death Valley Campgrounds
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Darwin-French Party Trail
Old Harmony Borax Works - Museum
Wildrose Charcoal Kilns
Badwater - Lowest Elevation in the Western Hemisphere
Devil's Golf Course
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Death Valley is most popular from early November to late April. Outdoor climate is usually quite pleasant during this time of the year. Springtime is popular because desert wildflowers are in bloom.
Keep in mind that summer temperatures can easily hit 130-plus degrees with little cooling in the nightime. Always carry extra water. Summertime activity should be significantly restricted or even avoided.
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