Saturday, May 5, 2012


Friday, May 4 – We got an early start this morning, heading out to Death Valley shortly after 7 a.m. We had about an hour drive, just to get to the park. Being a National Park, we were able to use Paul's Golden Age Pass to enter the park free.

The drive to Death Valley was pretty flat.DSC03165

Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous United States. It comprises nearly 3.4 million acres. It is about 100 miles long and averages nearly 20 miles wide. It can have some extremely HOT temperatures, but we were very fortunate today with temperatures in the low 80's. It was actually very pleasant.

Being such a large park, makes seeing everything difficult. To travel from one sight to another takes time (about a half hour), and the drives can be tiring. It is also, a long way from Pahrump – about an hour on the south end and over 2-hours at Scotty's Castle on the north end of the park. We planned on spending 2-days touring the park, but had seen most of it shortly after noon, so we decided to “bite the bullet” and finish it up in one day. That would save us more than 4-hours driving and quite a few gallons of gasoline.

Our first stop was Dante's View. A very popular viewing point, Dante's View is more than 5000 feet above the valley floor. From the top, you can see most of the 110-mile long Valley. With a short hike from the viewing area, you can spot the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States.


The white salt flats far below is Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level.   Across the canyon is Telescope Peak, towering 11,049 feet above the basin floor. Just west off Telescope Peak is Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 at 14,491 feet.

The hazy appearance of the mountains is due to a mixture from plant moisture and the wind.

Just admiring the view.DSC03173

Right before we left, we spotted this guy. It has been years since we saw anyone taking photos like this. Paul went up to talk to him about the camera, but he just smiled and shook his head. We think he…No speaky the English.


Zabriskie Point (the Badlands of Death Valley) was our next lookout. A popular area for viewing sunrises and sunsets. We enjoyed a panoramic view of golden-brown mudstone hills riddled with rills and gullies.




On our ride to Devil's Golf Course, we saw this hungry looking coyote. 

A short ride down a bumpy gravel road is Devil's Golf Course.


A vast evaporating dish covering more than 200 square miles. It is crusted over with a variety of salts.


Paul gave it the taste test....yep it's salty!


This is just our first three stops in Death Valley. We will continue the tour in our next blog.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon.


  1. Interesting tour of Death Valley! Nice to get your impressions of a place not many of us visit.

  2. Wow. . .you guys sure are getting tan. . .pretty pics. . .and the highest and lowest points is fascinating. . .I did not realize you could see them both from one vantage point. . .definitely on the bucket list. . .and yes, Paul. . .I would have tasted the salt too! LOL


  3. Have only once driven through Death Valley, and that was many moons ago. Didn't see the attraction then, but I see there are some interesting things about it that we would enjoy seeing now.

  4. We really wanted to visit Death Valley but ran out of time. It will certainly be included next time we are out west.

    The picture of the two of you admiring the view is wonderful.

  5. Paul tasting the salt is just like a sign saying "WET PAINT" you just have to touch it and see..

  6. Judy and I were in Death Valley 2 years ago, and I just loved it. One of my favourite spots. We visited all the spots you did! Brought back all the good memories!

  7. Very nice. I loved the great photos.

  8. We loved Death Valley. It took us 3 days to see everything. We took almost all of the drives off the main road.

  9. Death Valley is on our list of places to visit over the next couple of years. Thanks for a great preview.

    Beautiful photos of the badlands. I'd always just thought of Death Valley as a vast desert - not so!

  10. Great photos from the viewpoint. What an amazing vista. We did not enjoy our visit to Death Valley a few years ago but I see we must have missed the good stuff!! Need to go back and try it again. Thanks for sharing something not many of us see.

  11. We spent a week in Death Valley, still didn't see it all. Lots of great hiking opportunities and beautiful scenery. It was much better than we expected!

  12. Great pics of Death sure is a barren land. I remember driving through parts of it and thinking about the pioneers in their covered many didn't make it.
    Thanks for sharing your time in Death Valley with us.

  13. We spent 4 days there in 2011 and call it one of our favorite places! We did not get to see everything and plan to visit again... So glad you are having a great time!

  14. Love the picture of you two by the Death Valley sign. You reminded us of our good memories of our visit there. You both are looking beautifully suntanned but then you've been in the south for a long time. Hope you're using sunblock. :-)

  15. I love the romantic picture. A gift for your girls?


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