California Travel Tips

California BAD Lands in DEATH Valley

Published on: June 13, 2012

Pictured is Artist’s Drive in Death Valley. Natural minerals in the rocks create spectacular palettes of color.

If you grew up in a place where it’s hot, then you’ll understand the question, “Is it hot enough for you?” In the California desert region  the saying brings new meaning to turning the heat on.  Badlands and Death Valley are descriptive names of places in a seemingly god-forsaken desert. They paint a grim picture–“bad” and “death”! Each year unwitting tourists fall victim to the extreme heat in North America’s hottest place. Some are rescued and survive, but occasionally some don’t make it out alive.


  • 1996 was the hottest summer on record – 40 days over 120° F
  • The highest ground temperature recorded was 201° F at Furnace Creek
  • Drinking 4 liters of water is recommended during the day, just to keep the body hydrated

WHAT TO SEE IN DEATH VALLEY –  Death Valley is open year-round (

  • Scotty’s Castle
  • Badwater Basin
  • Dante’s View
  • Harmony Borax
  • Artist’s Drive
  • Zabriskie Point
  • 20 Mule Team Canyon
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
  • Charcoal Kilns in Stovepipe Wells
  • Panamint Mountains
  • Ubehebe Crater
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