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Death Valley National Park is the largest National Park in the United States outside of Alaska Upgraded to National Park status on October 31 1994 by the Desert Protection act within its boundaries are some 34 million acres of canyons sand dunes salt flats waterfalls hot springs 11000 foot mountainsstrange and compelling rock formations endless vistas and stars at night that you can almost reach out and touch The hottest recorded temperature in the Northern hemisphere occurred here near Badwater at 134 degrees F in 1913 ironically the same year the most rainfall occurred 454 inches It is a strange yet breathtakingly beautiful place Its landscapes are unlike any other From July of 1997 to July of 1998 I lived and worked inside the National Park at a resortvillage called Stovepipe Wells It was 129 degrees the day I left July 17 1998 I moved there to explore the Park as well as the nearby Owens Valley area the Mojave desert to the south and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains While I dont claim to know as much about Death Valley as others I did get to know the place pretty darn well This website is intended to give you some information so that you can get the most of your visit there since the Park is so enormously huge in area and there is so much to see its best to plan ahead so that you dont miss the really cool stuff SITES YOU CAN DRIVE TO Many of these sights are concentrated around the Furnace Creek area You can easily drive to all of them in any passenger vehicle VISITORS CENTER Start here Friendly NPS folks will stear you in the right direction whether you have 4 hours driving through or want to plan an off road expedition Exhibits information pay park entrance fees obtain back country camping permitsfree park area maps books etc
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