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Death Valley National Park: Photos and Impressions of Extremes

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Travel Destination Extraordinaire!

This incredible Death Valley National Park has extreme temperatures ranging from sizzling highs to frigid lows. It has elevations from hundreds of feet below sea level to thousands of feet high. It experiences some of the driest conditions in the United States while sitting on top of one of the country's largest aquifers, and there is much more.

Come along with my friend and me as we did some exploring while on vacation. My traveling companion and I visited ten national parks and other interesting sites on a fantastic road trip from Houston, Texas, to California and back in 1998. After seeing the grandeur of parks like the Grand Canyon and the majesty of parks like Yosemite, this park surprised and delighted us both.

Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states of the United States and contains 3.3 million acres. One could spend a lifetime exploring just this one park, and we had only allotted several days.

The springtime flowers in May were putting on quite a show! They were both in the mountainous areas of the park and the below-sea-level desert floor. The colors in the rocks were multi-hued and beautiful to behold.

Most of Death Valley, to this day, is wilderness. There are countless places to hike and explore, and most visitors to this national park enjoy coming in the winter and spring of the year when the temperatures are more moderate. There are some hearty souls (many of them from other countries) who purposely visit this park in the summer of each year because they want to experience the extreme temperatures. May was hot enough for my friend and me!

The desert does cool off at night, but during the day while hiking, one must be sure to carry enough water to stay hydrated.

Most of this national park is in California, with a small eastern portion located in Nevada. Paved and unpaved roads run through this park, and all of them are well marked.

Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort

I made reservations ahead of time for us to stay at this oasis within Death Valley National Park.

There are two distinct lodgings. There is a historic 66 room Inn at Furnace Creek and the very family-friendly 224 room Ranch at Furnace Creek. My friend and I chose to stay at the Ranch and were delighted with the accommodations.

In the middle of an arid desert arises a veritable oasis where the spring-fed Furnace Creek brings life. It has housed native Americans in this location for numerous years. Next came the Forty-Niners, discovery of Borax mining, and now tourists arrive in droves to rest and relax after a day of enjoying the sites.

Death Valley Museum

Relics of the old gold rush days and the famous 20 mule team borax wagons, plus other items of interest, are on the grounds of Furnace Creek Ranch.

Wagons that carried the ever-important and life-sustaining water to gold crushing equipment to old locomotives that hauled ore from the nearby mines, that and more is on view up close on the grounds adjacent to the museum. It comprises quite an exhibit for history buffs or just for those curious onlookers who find themselves in this part of the national park.

Golden Canyon

Visiting Golden Canyon was our first adventure in Death Valley after we enjoyed a refreshing swim in the Furnace Creek pool. Oh, to have lazed around the pool all day would have been fun, but we had more of the park to see!

The hike into Golden Canyon takes one on a path that rises about 300 feet (91 meters). One can plan on spending about an hour and a half or more depending upon how many photos one decides to take of the myriad rock colors, which present themselves along the way.

Again one is advised not to go too long without hydration. The warmth of the sun heats those rocks, and it must seem like a blast oven in the middle of the summer!
The sheer beauty of what one gets to see up close as one goes hiking makes Golden Canyon a worthwhile destination.

The sheer beauty of what one gets to see up close as one goes hiking makes Golden Canyon a worthwhile destination.

Devil's Golf Course

Can you imagine the sheer horror of pioneers traveling in wagon trains headed west when they got to this area?

A sign at this site portrays the following:

"DEVILS GOLF COURSE

Interbedded salt and water-bearing gravels are more than 1,000 feet thick beneath the devil's golf course. Great horizontal forces exerted by crystallizing salt, push these columns upward. Wind and rain carve them into fantastic shapes."

Other tourists and we walked gingerly on these rough and irregular shapes being careful not to fall. The jagged shapes could probably easily cut one's skin if a mishap occurred. Those pioneers would have had to find another way around this obstacle on their westward journey.

Natural Bridge

A short hike, which was only about 1/2 mile, took us to another location called the Natural Bridge.

Amazingly tucked into the nooks and crannies of these desert floor rocks are blooming plants. Some of them look to be quite delicate. Rainstorms can awaken long-dormant seeds in the ground and bring forth emerging plants, some of which have beautiful flowers.

Badwater Basin

At 282 feet below sea level, this is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, and what greets one's view is a flat white sea of salt with mountains rising in the distance. Small pools of undrinkable water are also present, depending upon rainfall. Be sure and wear your sunglasses when you explore this area!

Ashford Mill Ruins

One day we had lunch in this spot. It is the site of an old mining operation that proved less than fruitful for its owners.

Artist's Palette

The name of this part of the national park was of particular interest to me. Just as I have had a mixture of colors on my artist's palette, the colors in the rocks in this part of Death Valley certainly lived up to their assigned name.

These photos do not do justice to the vibrant mix of hues found here, but they will give you some impression of what there is if you were to visit. As in all desert scenery and most other landscapes, time of day and lighting factors can cause these colors to fade or intensify depending upon conditions.

Salt Creek Pupfish

Visitors to Death Valley National Park have the rare opportunity to view up-close fish that are truly living fossils. The small pupfish has, over thousands of years, adapted from living in freshwater to saltwater. Boardwalks take one alongside the Salt Creek, where one can see these tiny fish wiggling their way through the shallow water.

20 Mule Team Borax

Anyone of a certain age (mine certainly!) will remember the old radio and television series showcasing the 20 mule teams in Death Valley, hauling their heavy loads of ore down from the mountains. It gave a distinct flavor to the Old West.

My friend and I traveled the graded one-way road into the 20 Mule Team Canyon and got to see some of the areas where those teams of mules and miners would have been operating. Undoubtedly the mules and miners did not have such a smooth road to traverse back in those days.

At one time, there were hundreds of mines, and there are warnings for people to stay out of them if discovered while hiking as they could be very dangerous. Gradually they are being sealed off.

Dante's View

My car was put through its paces, getting to this beautiful spot around 5,475 feet above sea level to enjoy this panoramic view of Death Valley. One can easily see the white salt flats of Badwater Basin, some 282 feet below sea level from this vantage point. In the distance are the High Sierra mountains rising some 14,000 feet and providing a dramatic backdrop.

My traveling companion and I enjoyed the meadows filled with a profusion of spring-flowering plants and took many photos. This site was our last stop before moving on to other adventures as we headed back home.

While we did not get to see everything, we did our best on the days allotted. Videos show you more of what there is to be seen and enjoyed if you are interested.

My friend and I would heartily recommend visiting this fantastic national park if you ever get the chance. It became one of our favorites of the national parks we got to visit on that particular vacation trip.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2021:

Hi Allan,

Yes, Death Valley is a huge national park. One could spend much time there exploring all that there is to see. Thanks for your virtual visit and comment.

Allan on March 12, 2021:

Love to see such beauty in the desert. Never knew this national park was so large.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2019:

Hi Chitrangada,

Death Valley is such an amazing place! Happy to be able to introduce it to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 02, 2019:

What a wonderfully presented and informative hub!

Awesome article about the Death Valley National Park, with wonderful pictures and great videos. I learnt a lot about this amazing and interesting place.

Somehow, I missed this earlier. Thanks for sharing this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2019:

Hello Sunni's Style,

You are fortunate that you get to enjoy Death Valley on a regular basis since you live and work there. It is an amazing place! The Devil's Golf Course is certainly unusual and fascinating.

Sunshine A Conkey from CA on February 24, 2019:

I live and work in Death Valley. So far the Devil's Golf Course is one of my favorite spots.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

I agree with you in that this Death Valley National Park is totally unique and has a beauty all its own. We spent several days there but it was not enough time to see all of the park. What we did get to see was amazing!

C E Clark from North Texas on May 24, 2018:

This really is an amazing place and it's right here in California. You've included some excellent photos and so much great info. I was there in the early 80s, I think. It was May and 119º. A very interesting visit, and I highly recommend it to everyone. I don't know of any place in the U.S. like it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2017:

Hi Roberta,

I am happy to know that you enjoyed my Death Valley National Park photos. It is an amazing park!

RTalloni on November 20, 2017:

Too often, it's true, photos do not do justice to our travel shots, but you did a nice job with yours. Thanks for sharing some of your trip with us!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2013:

Hi Deborah,

So glad that you enjoyed your virtual visit to Death Valley National Park via this information and all the many photos that I took. One thing you cannot experience except by being there is the weather. I can't even imagine the heat in mid-summer! I would not purposely visit Death Valley at that time, but some people actually wish to experience the sizzling heat. Houston, Texas gets hot enough for us! Thanks for your visit and comment. :)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on March 19, 2013:

Another place I haven't been! I am enjoying your travel hubs, Peggy, and your fabulous photos. Almost as good as being there. : )

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

It must take some great stamina to reach Mustang in Nepal but interesting to hear that you think it is similar to Death Valley National Park in California. Personally, I am happy that roads can get one to experience Death Valley a bit more easily. It is certainly a site worth seeing! Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 15, 2013:

I love to travelling to rough terrain. Death valley seems like my type of destination. Mustang in Nepal is similar to Death Valley, however, we have to trek for 10 days to reach there, there are no airways or roadways.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 29, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for the inter-linking of our hubs. Death Valley National Park is so amazing! Undoubtedly you got to spend much more time there than our few days. We crammed in as much as possible, but didn't get to see Scottie's Castle and some of the other sites that you did. All of our national parks are special...but Death Valley really stands out as being so different as well as having its own special kind of beauty. Thanks for your comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on February 29, 2012:

This is a wonderfully informative and beautiful hub on Death Valley National Park, one of my very favorite RVing destinations! Your photographs are terrific--I'm so jealous that you were there to see the spring flowers in full bloom! Thanks for the link to my hub, RV Camping in Death Valley National Park. I do have a link there to this hub, also. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2011:

Hi CyclingFitness,

We were told that some tourists actually choose to visit Death Valley when the temperatures are at their hottest levels. Not me! I'd rather be able to see more of the National Park as we did. It was hot enough even then for us...but could be tolerated with precautions like having plenty of water, sunscreen, etc. Thanks for your comment.

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on July 19, 2011:

Fantastic hub Peggy W, A friend of mine just got back from there however they could only get out of the air conditioned oach for 15 mins at a time so her photos are nothing like those above- they really capture the majesty of it all!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2011:

Hi Billy,

Las Vegas is very close to Death Valley. In fact, that was our next stop on vacation after spending time in Death Valley National Park. Is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a novel?

billyaustindillon on June 30, 2011:

Was reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas bringing me back to your hub with the drive through Death Valley ;)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2011:

Hello Ursula,

So nice that you got to see Death Valley and can revisit it someday. We did not see everything but did as much as our time allowed. That Desert five spot is amazing as well as the other flowers that grow there. We were overwhelmed with the beauty there. Sounds as though you were also. Thanks for your comment!

Ursula on April 16, 2011:

Just came from Death Valley. I have similar photos. Yours are amazing! We experienced wind for two days so the visibility for the remaining days were poor for pictures. The first day was clear. Need to go back some day for the racetrack and Dante's view. I delight in the individual rock even; they are so intricate. I believe there is godliness in them. The flower, Desert five spot, surprised me growing between the rocks.

Much love, Ursula

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2011:

Hello Jace and Linz (Jaclin),

Death Valley National Park is almost undescribable. My German girlfriend and I had spent time in 10 national parks and some state parks on our trip taken together a year after I had visited her in Germany. We had seen SO MUCH in the way of beauty! She had tears in her eyes when first viewing the Grand Canyon. Yet...after all was said and done, Death Valley was so different from all the others that it was one of her favorites. It is amazing to experience in person.

Take plenty of water with you when visiting! It is dry and hot most of the year...blistering hot in the middle of the summer. My suggestion...go before or after June, July and August...even September. It is easy to understand how it got its name! Thanks again for commenting.

jaclin on February 23, 2011:

WOW!!! Again!!!

My first venture into hubs was your 1950's road trip - now I am hooked - on YOUR hubs... am trying to go through most of your travel ones first... this hub on Death Valley is absolutely amazing - thank you for taking so much time and effort to put it all together... I am stunned too at the fantastic photographs... it all tells such a story... I fell in love with America last year during our three month road trip - and we visited many of the National Parks along the way... we are planning another road trip for a few years time - and Death Valley is on the schedule - so thank you for the taster...

Regards

Jace and Linz (Jaclin)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 17, 2010:

Hello rickzimmerman,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about Death Valley National Park and my photos and impressions of the extremes found there. Thanks for the comment.

Rick Zimmerman from Northeast Ohio on December 17, 2010:

Peggy W: Your many great photos convey a real sense of the places you travel. Thanks! I am also celebrating reaching my 500th Hub with a special holiday greeting to my followers! May this Festive Season bring you Warmth, Friendship and Happiness, no matter when or how or with whom you celebrate! To add to your holiday merriment, I offer all of my hubs devoted to this time of year: All About Santa; The Polar Bear; Kris Kringle, the College Years; An Alphabetical Christmas; All About the North Pole; Enjoy Reindeer; and, of course, Little-Known Santas No. 1 through No. 17! Enjoy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2010:

Hello TwoPints,

Hope that your wish comes true and that you get to do some exploring of Death Valley National Park someday. Thanks for the comment.

TwoPints on November 30, 2010:

Supper photos, would love to drive through there some day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2010:

Hello dosburros,

Yes...Death Valley National Park is a definite site for a "travel wish list." Hope you get to see Death Valley in person someday. Thanks for the comment.

dosburros on November 27, 2010:

Amazing pics and obviously a fascinating place; somewhere to add to the travel wish list!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2010:

Hello poetryman6969,

Yes...do! I think that you will be duly impressed when you see Death Valley National Park in person.

poetryman6969 on November 20, 2010:

I have only driven past Death Valley. Clearly I will have to stop there long enough to look around some time.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2010:

Hello rmr,

Thank you for the compliment on the photos in this Death Valley National Park hub as well as some of my other hubs. There are many interesting things about Death Valley including Racetrack Playa. As to the annual marathon, like you, I think that it is amazing that the human body can withstand such extremes of endurance.

rmr from Livonia, MI on November 14, 2010:

Peggy, you always have such beautiful photos in your hubs! I've never been to Death Valley, but I've always been mystified by the sailing stones on the Racetrack Playa. I also recently watched a TV show about the annual marathon there. I can't even begin to imagine how brutal that would be!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2010:

Hello rodric richenberg,

As you aptly said, "Death Valley is an amazing place..." Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2010:

Hello happydogs,

Until we visited Death Valley National Park, we also had no idea of the beauty that could be found there. Was just another National Park that we wished to visit. What I have found is that each and every National Park has something special distinguishing it from the rest. Would love to see them all someday. Nice dream!

Yes...that swimming pool at Furnace Creek IS incredible! Thanks for the visit and comment.

rodric richenberg on November 14, 2010:

Death Valley is an amazing place, great hub.

happydogs from Treasure Coast, Florida on November 14, 2010:

Amazing photos! I never knew Death Valley was so beautiful. The swimming pool at Furnace Creek looks incredible.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2010:

Hello again CarpetDiem,

WOW! is right! Thanks for contributing even more to this Death Valley National Park hub by adding more information about this Badwater/Ultramarathon race and also leaving a link. Those participants must be in terrific shape and have great stamina to survive those extremes! Thanks again!

CarpetDiem from Southern California on November 14, 2010:

hey Peggy,

The foot race is called the The Badwater Ultramarathon. This is how wikipedia describes it:

"The Badwater Ultramarathon describes itself as "the world's toughest foot race". It is a 135-mile (217 km) course starting at 282 feet (85 m) below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California's Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney. It takes place annually in mid-July, when the weather conditions are most extreme and temperatures over 120 °F (49 °C), even in the shade, are not uncommon. Consequently, very few people—even among ultramarathoners—are capable of finishing this grueling race."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badwater_Ultramaratho...

It used to be all the way to the top of Mt Whitney (14,494ft), but the forest service now requires a permit for each person and limits the number of permits each day, so the race was shortened... some runners still go to the top though... WOW!

Steve

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2010:

Hello CarpetDiem (Steve),

What a nice compliment! My German girlfriend and I were only in Death Valley for a few days...but we stayed busy, as you can tell. We took 3 1/2 weeks to travel by car from Houston to California seeing 10 National Parks and a few state parks along the way which was our main focus. A one night stopover in Las Vegas fit in to the schedule just because of location on the return trip. It was a glorious trip! Death Valley National Park was a real surprise. What surprised us was not only how interesting it was...but the beauty of the place. The name would not necessarily be the most enticing. Ha!

Thanks for adding your comment about the annual foot race from Death Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney. How long does it take? Is it one of those that raises money for charity or is it done just for fun and exercise? What is the race called? Is there a link? Hope you come back to answer these questions. Would be interesting to know.

CarpetDiem from Southern California on November 14, 2010:

Wow Peggy, awesome...

I've bookmarked your hub, since it is the best site on Death Valley I've ever seen. I haven't been there in a long time, but now I want to go back... maybe this spring. I live in So Cal.

If you wanted to add anything to this hub, you might mention there's an annual foot race from Death Valley (below sea level) to the top of Mt Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 (which I've hiked twice).

By the way, how long were you in Death Valley? Based on your hub, it seems like you must have been there for a few months! Steve

PS. Again, awesome hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2010:

Hello atifhameed,

To be sure, Death Valley National Park is truly amazing. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2010:

Hello clearblue99,

Happy to be able to introduce you via this hub to Death Valley National Park. Hope you do get to visit there someday in person. These photos will give you some idea of what can be found there...and there is much more! Thanks for the comment.

atifhameed from Islamabad, Pakistan on November 13, 2010:

Thanks for sharing very nice information.. Really amazing!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2010:

Greetings sirrot,

What a wonderful way to be able to see Death Valley National Park...in your own motor home. That is an ideal way to be able to travel! My friend and I were there in May and it was pretty hot on some of those hikes we took. It must really be something in the heat of the summer! Death Valley really does have some unusual but beautiful scenery. Thanks for your comment.

clearblue99 from Clear Blue Sky on November 12, 2010:

wonderful blog very beautiful. i haven't been there but someday plan to visit

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 12, 2010:

Hello earn_Online_24x7,

Glad that you now know that other photos you have seen you can now identify as being from Death Valley National Park. It is quite a place of beauty and also extremes of nature. Thanks for your comment.

earn_Online_24x7 on November 12, 2010:

I've seen some of these photos but now I know its death valley National Park. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 11, 2010:

Hello timonweller,

Death Valley National Park would be a beautiful place to go hiking for a few days or even longer. Just be sure and maintain good hydration especially if the time you choose to visit, the temperatures are sizzling. Personally I'd go sometime other than summer as the heat can be extreme. Thanks for the comment.

timonweller on November 11, 2010:

Death Valley looks like a beautiful place to go hiking for a few days. Hope to go see it all one day. Nice hub and love the pics.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 10, 2010:

Hello marisuewrites,

It is hard to imagine pioneers in wagon trains heading West coming across things like what is now Death Valley National Park...especially the Devil's golfcourse! Obviously they would have had to find a way around it. So happy that you found these pictures to your liking.

Death Valley National Park is truly an awesome place! Thanks for the comment.

marisuewrites from USA on November 10, 2010:

Positively fascinating and awesome pictures. I felt like I had seen them in person. Can you imagine being a pioneer and seeing these thru their eyes?

Terrific!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2010:

Hi Amie,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos taken in Death Valley National Park. It truly is a beautiful place so not hard to get good pictures! Thanks!

Amie Warren on November 03, 2010:

Peggy, this is an awesome hub! What beautiful pictures? I need to go read some more of your hubs.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2010:

Hello Billy,

I can understand why you think of those old western movies when looking at the photos of Death Valley National Park. All except for the Devil's golfcourse! That was something to see!!! Thanks for leaving a comment.

billyaustindillon on November 03, 2010:

Some great pictures here Peggy and brings me back to thinking of many of those Western movies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2010:

Hello hitalot,

Death Valley National Park is a grand place to visit as are all of our national parks. It is very different from most of the others and has a distinctive beauty all its own. Would I recommend it? Absolutely...yes!

hitalot on October 20, 2010:

This looks like a nice place to go and visit ?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2010:

Hi map65,

Yes...visiting Death Valley National Park was just that...an experience...and a great one at that! You are most welcome and appreciate the comment.

map65 on October 18, 2010:

what an experience - thanks for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2010:

Greetings ColeCooper90,

Death Valley certainly has a special kind of beauty but also obviously posed dangers to the early settlers traveling through it or making a living in it like the Borax miners. Thanks for reading and commenting.

ColeCooper90 from Portland Oregon on October 18, 2010:

It seems something so desolate shouldn't be able to be so beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2010:

Hello Runway,

Happy to be able to share these Death Valley National Park photos with you. Thanks for the comment.

Runway from New York on October 18, 2010:

Love the photos, they are gorgeous!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2010:

Hello joe w bennett,

Glad that you liked these photos of Death Valley. Thanks for the comment.

joe w bennett from Clinton, MS, US of A on October 18, 2010:

Stunning photos of a stunning locale--thanks so much!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2010:

Hello jj12,

Death Valley really is stunning and if one visits in the Spring of the year one is likely to see many blooming flowers especially in the higher elevations. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2010:

Hello alertswiftreview,

Glad that you liked this Death Valley National Park hub and yes...the colors in Death Valley are amazing. Thanks for the comment.

jj12 from England on October 18, 2010:

I've never been to Death Valley but the photos make it look truly stunning. And I never realised there were flowers there either.

alertswiftreview from USA on October 18, 2010:

This is really great hub; all the pictures are amazing and very beautiful to see. Thanks for sharing all the photos with us, also the colors of death valley is great.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2010:

Hello JSAlison,

What a nice compliment for my Death Valley National Park hub! Thanks!!! Yes...it is quite a trip!

JSAlison on October 16, 2010:

I doubt if there is a better page on the net for people who might want to visit Death Valley. It sounds like quite a trip!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2010:

Hello jesslearn,

Am sure that your kids and you, for that matter, would enjoy experiencing Death Valley National Park in person someday. Hope you get to do that with your kids. It will be a vacation that they will remember always!

jesslearn on October 15, 2010:

Wow, these pictures are gorgeous. I would love to visit Death Valley sometime. Looks fun to show the kids.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2010:

Hello Stephanie,

If you have been to Death Valley National Park for "visits" you have undoubtedly seen parts of the park that we missed. Have you written about your experiences in Death Valley? It would probably take countless visits to see it all. Glad that you liked the photos and thanks for the comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 15, 2010:

This is a great article and wonderful photographs, Peggy. You've discovered some parts of the park that we missed during our visits, and certainly captured some wonderful views and flowering plants that many visitors don't get to see. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello shtml,

Yes...whoever named this stretch of land in Death Valley the Devil's golfcourse certainly knew that golfing there would be next to impossible. It is an apt name! Haha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello Tylercoop,

I would agree that we have so much beauty in the U.S. but this entire world is filled with beauty. Thus the interest in traveling to many places. Also introduces one to other cultures, foods, customs and the like which is also interesting. Thanks for visiting this Death Valley hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello Trampoline man,

If you wife is into photography...she would LOVE Death Valley National Park! Thanks for stopping by.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello Mercredi,

I would agree with you about Death Valley having an ominous name. It undoubtedly claimed a few lives when the wagon trains were headed west in the early days of westward expansion. It is an amazing place to visit.

shtml on October 14, 2010:

wow looked hard espically the devils golf course

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello Multi Blogging,

Yes, Death Valley National Park is surely that!...interesting! Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello giwrgos12,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on this Death Valley hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hi earnestshub,

Glad to hear that you also liked this Death Valley National Park hub. Thanks for the comment and extra votes! Appreciate it! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2010:

Hello crystal jewelry,

Happy to hear that you liked this tour of Death Valley National Park.

tylercoop on October 14, 2010:

I have been to Death Valley and it is absolutely beautiful. We have so much beauty here in the US, why would anyone go overseas.

Trampoline man on October 14, 2010:

Amazing pictures, i will have to show my wife, she is into photography. nice hub. Thanks.

Mercredi on October 14, 2010:

Thanks for the amazing photos. It looks like a great place with an ominous name.

Multi Blogging on October 14, 2010:

wow very interesting places

giwrgos12 from San Diego on October 14, 2010:

You have done great job. Thank you so much for sharing this useful things with us.

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on October 14, 2010:

What a fantastic visit you had!

You have done an amazing job on this hub.

One of the best hubs I have seen.

voted up and "beautiful"

crystal jewelry on October 13, 2010:

Thank-you for the tour Peggy. The photos were fabulous and I appreciated the history and insights. This is a fine example of a great hub. Well done!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2010:

Hi MD,

Riding through Death Valley National Park on a bike race/ride would be amazing. They probably did not do it in the heat of the summer. Correct? Thanks for your complimentary comment as always.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2010:

Hello dorinmouss,

Happy to be able to share these photos of Death Valley with you. They are my favorite souvenir. Hope you get to visit this national park someday in person. It is amazing! Thanks for the comment.

Micky Dee on October 13, 2010:

Amazing again Peggy! I was particularly interested in Death Valley from the "cowboy days" but ffriends have ridden that "Furnace Creek 500" bike race/ride. This is beautiful . I sound redundant with your hubs but I can't help myself. I danced on those buttons Girl!

Just looked at the names of the folks commenting. Interesting avatars- homeopathicacne! That would hurt me to spell. God bless!

dorinmouss from New York on October 12, 2010:

Wonderful photos! If only I could go there!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2010:

Hello homeopathicacne,

Yes, I would have to agree with you, and Death Valley National Park is just one of them. Thanks for the visit and comment.

homeopathicacne from US, New York on October 12, 2010:

wow.this are great pictures. great places you have in US

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2010:

Greetings SidneyMorgan,

Most of the animals burrow into the ground or caves or some type of shelter during the hottest parts of the day and come out to hunt at night in Death Valley National Park. That is how they survive. Thanks for the appreciative comment.

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