Bird watching and nature walks in scenic Death Valley.

December 10, 2012

Despite its ominous name, this is one of the most hauntingly beautiful spots in all of California. Landscapes are a study in contrasts: soaring snow-covered mountains, baked desert flats and dunes, and colorful wildflowers that erupt into bloom after a rare rain.

Furnace Creek Inn Dining Room

Hit this sophisticated spot for roasted duck with a habanero-mandarin glaze, or seared wild Alaskan salmon with an edible-flower crust.

Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort

The stucco buildings with orange tiled roofs have been recently updated and are set around a lush garden of date and fan palms near a warm-spring-fed pool.

Death Valley National Park

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.

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