Camping Trip to Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is famous for being hot, dry and having the lowest point in North America.

Just how hot does it get in Death Valley? According to Wikipedia,

“On July 10, 1913, a record 134 °F (56.7 °C) was measured at the Weather Bureau‘s observation station at Greenland Ranch (now the site for the Furnace Creek Inn), the highest temperature ever recorded in the world.”

Signs are posted throughout the park to remind you to drink water and plan ahead.

Desert Hiking

Furnace Creek Campground

We set up camp in Furnace Creek Campground. From Oct 15 – April 15 this is the only campground in Death Valley that takes advance reservations. The campground is a short 5 minute drive from the Furnace Creek Visitors Center.

Furnace Creek Visitors Center

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are located in the Stove Pipe Wells area of Death Valley National Park. We headed out there in the morning as it tends to get hotter later in the day. The furthest dune is about a mile out. I wore my Rainbow Sandals on way out and walked back barefoot. You could wear sneakers but its pretty much like walking on a beach, sand will get everywhere.

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Natural Bridge Canyon

The Natural Bridge Canyon is located in the Furnace Creek Area. The drive to Natural Bridge Canyon is a paved gravel road. It would be ideal if you had a higher car like an SUV. It’s possible to drive a sedan, it will just be a bumpy ride and you want to watch out for dips in the road. Eventually when you think your car is about to break down the parking lot will appear like a mirage.

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Walk in about 15 minutes to get to the natural bridge.

IMG_7700 You can continue past the arch and scramble over some rocks.  IMG_7673

Eventually you might have to call it quits depending on your rock scrambling skills.  IMG_7682

Badwater Basin

At 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America.

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If you’re up for a challenge try running the “world’s toughest foot race,”  Badwater Ultramarathon which begins in Death Valley climbing to an elevation of 8300 feet (2530 meters) to Mt. Whitney Portal.

Camping Food

For dinner we ate Korean short rib tacos.

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For breakfast ramen with lime! I’ve never added lime to my ramen before, I’ll definitely have to do this more often in the future.

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