We headed to Death Valley, California early this March. My friend was finishing up a two month road trip through the Western half of the United States and was hoping for some buddies for the final leg of his journey. Myself and two other lovely ladies headed out to Las Vegas by airplane where we met up and immediately started on our road trip. First stop Death Valley!
Zabriskie Point was a fabulous first stop, even in the sweltering heat and direct sunlight. The rock formations are amazing and it’s cool to imagine this place right after a huge rainstorm. Not that this area gets much rain, but you can see the dry river bed and where the water would flow.
We headed into one of the canyons next. It was mid day and we hid in the shade as much as possible. In March it was already 90 degrees Fahrenheit and just soooo dry and miserable. I love the time we spent outside in the evenings and at sunrise, but the day was a little too much to handle.
At the Devil’s Golf Course. There are so many weird ways that salt, heat, and water interact. These formations went on as far as we could see.
We finished up the day at Badwater, 292 feet below sea level and the lowest place in North America. It was hot but as the sun set it got cooler and more relaxed. The white sand was amazing and we loved walking out until we were the only people there. In some places you stepped and fell through the sand. It’s very much living land!
The lack of perspective from the sand going on endlessly was too perfect.
My cute travel companions. 🙂
We were treated with the most incredible sunset. Seriously, those colors! The sky lit up bright orange and against the mountains and the white ground, it was incredible. So glad we witnessed this. ALSO! The salt and the mountains lead to endless quiet, especially as the sun set at the end of the day. Such a magical thing about the desert, that silence.
We had dinner and then headed out onto the sand dunes for some stars. Such a gorgeous view and nice to experience it in the coolness of evening.
I loved watching the moon rise over the mountains.
We rode toboggans on the snow and hiked up and down and watched the stars and the moon. And then we headed back, happy but covered in sand, to hot showers and cozy beds. We were up early in the morning to head out to the sand dunes for sunrise. We walked alllll the way to the end, back where we had spent time in the evening.
I loved seeing first light on the mountains in the distance.
It’s hard to explain the scale of the largest, most incredible sand dunes. They are truly beautiful.
First light hit the sand and it was *incredible.*
So many shapes and shadows come alive with the first sunshine.
Plus the long shadows? And fun sand textures? So good.
I mean, come on. Mesmerizing, right?
Heading out of the park, we stopped at Father Crowley overlook. Such an epic view of our roadtrip rig… I mean, the valley and the road. 😉
Last view down into Death Valley before heading up the 395 to Mammoth.
Thanks for an epic adventure! xx