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Death Valley

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Death Valley is a valley in the U.S. states of California and Nevada, and is the location of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. It is one of many places on land which fall below mean sea level.

Located southeast of the Sierra Nevada range in the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert, it constitutes much of Death Valley National Park.

Temperatures in the Valley can range from up to 130°F (54 °C) in the day in the summer, to below freezing at night in the winter. The lowest temperature on record at Furnace Creek Inn is 15 °F (-9 °C).

Here you can learn about the park's history, wildlife (inc. the famous Road Runner..beep beep!) and discover scenic hiking trails and beautiful campgrounds.

Remote is an understatement, so make sure you have plenty of water and enough petrol in the tank! It's well worth the visit.

Written by  Gary Martin.

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“Death Valley”

Death Valley is aptly named; it’s the driest, hottest, and lowest spot in North America. On average is has 2 inches of rain a year! What a difference from my life in Vietnam where the average rainfall was 71 inches! But the two places did have one … Read more...

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Death Valley in November

On a week long trip to Las Vegas, I had scheduled in one day to ride through Death Valley. I took two, and barely scratched the surface! The desert is beautiful, the canyons inviting, and there are a couple of places to stop and be a tourist if you insist on that kind of thing. Miles of solitude and plenty of natural areas to stop and explore.

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