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Death Valley

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…
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Sunset

Death Valley National Park is a vast wilderness which contains several large basins in addition to the 100 mile long Death Valley itself. Other lesser-known valleys include the Panamint Valley (pictured above), which includes the eastern slope of the park’s…
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Jayhawker Canyon

Jayhawker Canyon is named after a group of settlers from Kansas who were probably the first European-American explorers in the area. After being trapped for an unexpected amount of time, the Jayhawkers used this very canyon to finally escape the…
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Cottonwood Mountains

The Cottonwood Mountains are the second-highest range in Death Valley National Park behind the Pantamint Range. The highest Cottonwoods rise nearly 8,000 feet above the surrounding valleys. Much more remote than the Pantamints, the Cottonwoods offer the adventure-seeker dozens of…
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Grapevine Mountains

The Grapevine Mountains straddle the border between California and Nevada and form the northeastern “wall” of Death Valley. Many colorful starta of rock can be scene in this range, as well as some forested peaks, a rare phenomenon in the…
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Artist’s Palette

The Artist’s Drive takes the driver to what could be confused with a different planet. Drivers effectively drive on a paved road inside of extensive badlands carved out of several differently-colored layers of volcanic ashes. Years of erosion from flash…
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Red Cathedral

The Red Cathedral forms the northern wall of Golden Canyon. Made up of a harder rock layer from a previous alluvial fan, it rises hundreds of feet above the mudstone badlands surrounding Golden Canyon and Zabriskie Point. A spur trail…
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Dante’s View

Dante’s View illustrates the tectonic forces at work in Death Valley National Park. The Amargosa Range is being tilted and lifted further above the floor of Death Valley, over one mile thus far. This viewpoint can be reached by a…
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The Racetrack

The Racetrack is one of the most famous landmarks in Death Valley National Park and home to the world-famous “moving rocks”. The Racetrack is actually a playa, or ancient lake bed. The hard-packed mud surface is incredibly flat and becomes…
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Titus Canyon

Colorful Titus Canyon is best seen via car or bicycle. The dirt road that leads through Titus Canyon actually begins in far western Nevada, where Titus Canyon cuts through the Grapevine Range back into California. Multiple mining claims which were…
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