Death Valley National Park in California (United States) is one of the hottest places on our planet Earth. With a record-breaking high temperature of 134 degrees farenheit (in 1913), Death Valley holds the second highest temperature ever recorded. The deaths of those who tried to cross the valley on their quest to find gold during the California gold rush in 1849 gave the location its name. The park covers more than 3.3 million acres of desert adventure and dips to 282 feet below sea level, which is the lowest point in the western hemisphere, and also rises to mountains as high as 11,000 feet. Rare desert plants and wildlife, spectacular geological formations, and untouched historical wilderness are there for those who crave the ultimate desert adventure, which is the lowest point in the western hemisphere, and also rises to mountains as high as 11,000 feet. Rare desert plants and wildlife, spectacular geological formations, and untouched historical wilderness are there for those who crave the ultimate desert adventure.
Try the off-beaten paths such as one of the Backcountry roads. Some guidebooks will recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle and yet others will say you can take a car. Just keep in mind that the roads have nicknames; for instance, “washboard road” because of the “corrugated” bumps and dips. Roads dip into a canyon abyss without guardrails, shoulders, or warnings.
Camping, hiking, and biking (bicycles or motorcycles) are some great ways to explore and enjoy this historical and protected-wildlife area. However, it is not recommended to hike to low elevations (550 square miles of Death Valley is below sea level) in the summer and the park warns visitors not to economize when it comes to drinking water. It’s time to turn back when your water is half gone!
Sometimes too much water, rainwater that is, can be a problem. Rain is a rare thing here but when it does rain, it can really pour so realize that flash floods can be a danger as water can run off mountains very quickly. You may be in a dry spot one moment and yet be in danger the next due to flash flooding. This is the kinda adventure that you really don’t want. Just be on the safe side and as with any trip, check the updates and weather of the area an prepare accordingly. People are always wanting to know the hottest place to travel and there you have it!