Death Valley National Park - Breathtaking!
Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
116Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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During our day-long drive through Death Valley National Park, we put over 200 miles on the car, and couldn't help but think of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of goldrush pioneers who trudged across this "shortcut" to the California goldfields
Furnace Creek is a natural oasis in a salt brine desert - its natural springs produce more than one million gallons of water a day! Because of this the Furnace Creek area houses the park's only inn and resort - Furnace Creek Inn, built in 1927, which appears to be a mirage of lush green grass and palm trees - amazing. We stopped here for lunch, an unexpected gourmet meal in a beautiful setting!
After driving about an hour and a half from Pahrump, we were in the park proper, and one of the first side roads we followed was to Dante's Ridge. This is the most breathtaking viewpoint in the park - a mountain-top overlook more than 5,000 feet above Death Valley.
After a bit more of a drive, we arrived at Furnace Creek, and enjoyed exploring this historic inn and its lush surroundings.
We took a scenic loop called "Artists Drive" through multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary hills. If Crayola had produced a BIG BIG box of Crayons called "earth tones" they couldn't have captured all the incredible colors we saw today. I can only hope my camera captured a fraction of the beauty.