Death Valley National Park in a Day

When I told Hector that I’d never been to Death Valley and we only had a day to see the park, he took it upon himself to plan the perfect itinerary.


We started the day with a sunrise hike on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The dunes are located close to the Stovepipe Wells Campground so we didn’t have to get up any earlier than we normally do.


After the dunes, we went back to our rigs for breakfast and to pack lunch. As you can see the campground isn’t anything special, but the location is great and it actually has a bit of cell service.


After breakfast, we headed to the Keane Wonder Mill & Mine which recently re-opened. I took a couple photos of the mine, but this one of Brian and Brenda is my favorite.


Next, we went to the Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail. Pictured in the foreground is one of the wagons that the famous 20 mules would pull, and Mustard Canyon is visible in the background.


We stopped off at the Visitor Center followed by a visit to the Devil’s Golf Course. The terrain here is really interesting and if you listen carefully, you can hear the ground crackling.


We had lunch at the lowest point in North America also known as Badwater Basin. I enlarged and circled the sea level sign in the photo above (it’s 282 feet above ground).


The highlight of the day for me was the Artists Drive. This photo of the Artists Palette doesn’t capture the colors very well but you get the idea.


I don’t know why Brian told me to taste the white substance on this wall, but like an obedient (or stupid) wife I did. It was salt!


For our final stop, Hector found this spot where we would have a perfect view of the super moon rising.

The photos really don’t capture how awesome our day was. I think the combination of no expectations and a fantastic tour guide resulted in a mind blowing day. I really do appreciate our National Parks, especially when they aren’t busy.

2017 Cost of Camping:
110 nights free camping
229 nights paid camping
339 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $7687.21
Daily average cost of camping: $22.66

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  • Reply Pamela Wright December 7, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Hector did a nice job getting you to some of the neatest areas. There is so much variety in the park. John thought it was just going to be a flat empty desert. Boy were we both so surprised by all it had to offer. Now you have to come back and see/hike other areas:)

    • Reply Leigh December 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      No kidding, it’s such a huge park, I can’t wait to return!

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