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Barstow Death Valley Adventure

Death Valley National Park preserves 3,367,628 acres of scenic desert landscape. . Park elevations range from 282 feet below sea-level (at Badwater) to 11,049 at Telescope Peak and feature extreme temperatures depending on the season. Duering the summer months, it is the hottest region in North America where daytime temperatures reach upwards of 134 F. The climate includes occasional summer thunderstorms that can cause flash floods in local canyons, but the area normally only gets less than 2 inches of precipitation annually.

The best time to visit Death Valley in spring when temperatures range from a mild 65 to 90 and wildflowers are in bloom. For those who visit in the summer, please remember to bring plenty of water and sun protection. Saddly, visitors die here each year because they fail to come prepared.

Death Valley gained its notoriety  in 1849 when a band of gold seekers mistakenly believed it was a shortcut to the California gold fields. After running low on food and water, the band split into several groups in a frantic effort to escape. Several of the pioneers died.

Later the area was famous for the discovery of an important mineral - borax, which is found in many household cleaners and cosmetics in additon to its many other uses. Prospectors built roads and assembled large 20-mule wagon teams to haul out loads weighing upto 40 tons.

Several tour companies offer day trips allowing visitors to see Death Valley by foot, by air, or by auto.  For tour information, click here.

  
 
 
Wednesday July 23, 2014