Death Valley is a desert valley located in eastern California. It is one of the hottest and driest places in North America, with temperatures that can reach up to 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius) and average annual precipitation of less than 2 inches (5 cm).The valley is known for its barren, rugged landscape and varied terrain, which includes sand dunes, salt flats, rocky mountains, and canyons. They make for some stunning Death Valley National Park photos.
This was our 1 and only trip to Death Valley National Park. I don’t know why it took us so long to make it here or why we haven’t been back since because it is close and there is a lot to do there. It took 6 hours to get to the Stovepipe Wells campground from our home. We had a full hook-up site and we stayed here for 4 days. There are 14 full hook-up sites that are reservable and a large open area with 190 first-come first-served sites that are dry.
Stovepipe Wells got its name when, in 1907, a dirt road was built between the two mining towns of Rhyolite in Nevada and Skidoo in California. The well was the only water source on the road, and it kept getting covered with sand. So, they stuck a stovepipe in it so they could find it. Today, it is a California Historical Marker.
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Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes
Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes are waiting for you! For those seeking a bit of adventure, make sure to check them out. They are easy to find as they are not too far from the junction of 190 and Scotties Castle Road. Stretching for miles, the dunes offer endless opportunities for exploration and photo ops. With their ripples and sand-sculpted dunes, they are very photogenic. There are bigger dunes in Death Valley, but these are the easiest to get to. Mesquite Flat Dunes are 1 of the 2 dunes that allow sandboarding. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen.
Since we were camped near there we stopped a couple of times and the sunset and sunrises were fantastic.
We are Mick & Lorna McMurray.
We are not extreme adventure tourists or travelers. We are a couple who likes to travel around the country with our cat and visit our National Parks, Monuments, and Forests. There are also many State Parks and other recreation areas we have visited. To date (Oct. 2022) we have been to 40 National Parks.