Death Valley

Things to do in Death Valley

Death Valley is the hottest and driest of the national parks in the U.S., and the largest in the lower 48 states. Over 800,000 visitors come annually, many to bird watch the more 200 species that have been spotted here.

The Mystery: People have long scratched their heads over the "Sailing Stones," which mysteriously move across the sandy playa's surface on their own, leaving visible tracks in their wake.

 

The 1.8-mile-long Death Valley hiking and biking trail starts in the village, runs through stunning natural salt sculptures, and ends with a descent down a sand dune.

Take a scenic drive through the Joshua Tree Forest.  Trudge up and down the preserve’s 45-square-mile Kelso Dunes—one of the largest dune fields in the United State.

Pan for gold and ride the mining train.

Tour the little museum, home to the 20-mule teams that hauled the heavy mineral.