Death Valley Day Tour
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Take a trip to the natural wonder of Death Valley National Park, the lowest, driest and hottest area in the Western Hemisphere. This tour offers incredible views of this moon like desolate terrain. This is our largest National Park and the beautiful natural landscape is one of our great treasures.
On average, 192 days per year in Death Valley have temperatures that reach 90 °F or more. It is known for having the hottest temperature ever officially recorded at 134°. It is the home of massive towering sand dunes, snow capped mountain peaks and deep craters formed by millions of years of earth shaping changes.
This tour will take you first to Dante’s View. Dante’s View is a scenic overlook that sits 5,476 feet above the desert floor. It is located on the north side of Death Valley, and sits directly above Badwater Basin, more than a mile below. There are hiking paths along the peak and this a beautiful panoramic view of the valley.
Next we’ll visit Zabriskie Point, a viewpoint that is part of the Amargosa Range, and is unique due to it’s eroded landscape. It is composed of the elements left behind by the drying up of Furnace Creek Lake, which disappeared around five-million years ago. The location itself was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, who was the vice-president of the Pacific Borax Company, the main developer of the Borax mining in Death Valley.
After our photo stop at Zabriskie Point we enjoy a scenic drive through Artist’s Pallet. Artist’s Palatte is dramatic due to the many colors of rock that make up the landscape. The colors are due to the oxidation of different metals, red and pink being from iron salts and green chloride from decomposing mica. There are even purple elements that are produced from manganese and yellows from sulphur. The Artist Drive Formation was produced as a result of a violent and explosive volcanic period in Death Valley.
Then it’s on to the lowest point in this part of the world, Bad Water Basin. This is an incredible 282 feet below sea level. Visitors love to walk out on the huge salt flat and take in the Death Valley splendor. We’ll stop at Furnace Creek and check out the huge topographical map at the Visitors Center. You can take a photo in from of the standing thermometer which recorded the hottest temperature on earth, 134 degrees and we move on to the Borax museum where you can learn more about the history of the famous 20 mule teams that carried Borax out of Death Valley to be used for soaps, cosmetics and many other industrial uses.
There is so much to see in Death Valley but alas, by now we must be heading back.
Don’t worry, we’ll back in Vegas in plenty of time for a great night!
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