An ideal winter vacation is to head for Death Valley in an RV. You avoid the crowds and find incredibly hot weather. You can enjoy the desert landscape with the natural phenomena you’ll only discover in these desolate spots here on our great planet Earth. Explore and explore some more. There is nothing quite like Death Valley for a unique experience!
Don’t forget to carefully pack for your adventure. You’ll want to ensure you bring the following items:
• Wide brimmed hat
• T-shirts, tank tops, shorts
• Light jacket or sweater
• Hiking boots
Get to Death Valley National Park by starting out in Olancha, California and driving to the Death Valley Junction. It should take around three hours for this section of the trip depending on how many stops you make along the way. This is a huge park with more than 3 million acres with plentiful wildlife. There are numerous RV campgrounds in the area which will give you a comfortable and convenient home base from which to operate.
Don’t miss Darwin Falls in the Panamint Springs area and stop to see ten kilns which were built in the late 1800s to help in the processing of silver and lead ore. These are called the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. All while you venture into these desert landscapes you will be making fascinating memories to share with those back home.
There are three other areas of Death Valley National Park, each with their own unique attractions. The next one to see is the Furnace Creek area. This area has a number to things to do and places to see, such as the scenic drive called Artist’s Drive, hiking in the Golden Canyon, and a terrific overlook at Dante’s view. You’ll also want to learn of the history of Borax in the valley at the Borax Museum. Another famous view is available at Zabriskie Point.
When you make time to see the Stovepipe Wells area you will discover some amazing sights. See the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at night with the moon shining down for a very eerie view. Marvel at the shiny marble walls of beautiful Mosaic Canyon. Enjoy a stroll along the wood boardwalk when you go to Salt Creek.
Head on over to the Scotty’s Castle area where you can explore a Spanish-style mansion at Scotty’s Castle & Visitor Center. Also be sure to visit the highest and most colorful dunes in California, the Eureka Dunes. You may have heard about the mysterious sliding rocks. This occurs at the Racetrack, and you’ll want to stop here and see if you can be the one who solves this mystery.
Remember, hiking in this area can be quite rigorous, but winter is probably the best time as the weather is cooperative. Some trails to take while here are the Natural Bridge Canyon, the Desolation Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop. One great trail is the Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail, an easy two-mile hike.
The desert is always a fascinating place, and you can enjoy the best of it in Death Valley. Make your trip the best of all in an RV and stay awhile!
Picture credits: Death Valley with suntanning feet by Brainsik and Natural Bridge by Mike Baird are licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license. Thank you!