Death Valley is the largest national park in the lower 48 United States. At nearly 3 million acres, Death Valley’s immense landscape offers a veritable desert wonderland amidst a land of harsh extremes. During most of the year, temperatures are well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and Earth’s all-time recorded high temperature was measured at 134 degrees Fahrenheit in Badwater Basin in July 1913. A significant portion of Death Valley lies below sea level, but many of the mountain ranges in the park reach over a mile above, and the top of the Panamint Range stands over 2 miles above Badwater Basin! Animals here are extremely tough, from pupfish living in seasonal salt creeks, to desert bighorns to rattlesnakes, tarantulas and scorpions, the animals here are extreme survivors of one of Earth’s harshest landscapes. Luckily, the winter months offer ideal temperatures and nearly guaranteed sunshine, but the occasional snow does occur in the higher altitudes.