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Death Valley National Park
A very interesting place to visit is Death Valley National Park. The elevation of the immediate region ranges from 282 feet below sea level at the valley floor to 14,494 feet at the peak of Mt. Whitney in less than 80 miles. The name Death Valley sounds foreboding, and letís face it some to the other names of the places within the valley donít sound much better; Danteís View, Devilís Cornfield, Badwater, Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek, and we donít even want to mention Thorndike! But donít be alarmed Death Valley and its surrounding area is beautiful as well as interesting.

While traveling to or from Scottyís Castle on North Highway, be aware of Roland Wiley Coyote. A bobbed tail coyote that likes to chase cars for a handout. You will see him just north of the junction of Daylight Pass. Rolland is cute, but he is wild, so donít approach him. He also is a ham and will pose for pictures if you stay in the car and keep your distance. There is other fauna and flora that can be seen in this and other desert regions. Big horn sheep, kit fox, burros, wild horses and desert chipmunks are but a few of the critters that roam the desert. Other critters that roam the desert and deserve your respect are: tarantulas, lizards, and assorted snakes. You may not like them, but they are a part of this precious environment, so remember to keep back and respect ALL wildlife.

Before traveling in the desert, there are several things you need to be aware of. There are great temperature differences depending on altitude and time of year. The desert is a harsh environment to deal with, please visit the Desert Warning section. If you are stuck in the desert, it may just save your life.


Getting There-
Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park

There are several ways to get to Death Valley National Park. The most direct and picturesque way into the Park is to take I-15 north to US-95 north to Nevada-373 south (left at Lathrop Wells). Head through Amargosa Valley. The Highway turns into California-127. Head California-127 south to California-190 west (right at Death Valley Junction). This will take you into the heart of Death Valley National Park and bring you to Furnace Creek.

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