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Death Valley National Park in California in the United States

In youtrip along the west coast of the United States You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the hottest desert areas in the world, the Death Valley National Park, in California.

Death valley, he death Valley, is a large desert area located east of the Snowy mountains which in 1994 was declared a national park, and which you can visit in the route from the coast toward Las Vegas, or vice versa.

At Death valley they have beaten world heat records, like the 58 degrees Celsius that were reached in July 2006 in the depression of Badwater.


Death Valley National Park in California in the United States

This is easy to explain considering thatBadwater It is considered the lowest zone in the United States, since it is 85 meters below sea level.

Its location after high Snowy mountains it causes all the clouds that come from the west from the coast of California to dry out.

In this way the death Valley It becomes one of the areas of the world with the least amount of rainfall, in addition to being the hottest in the United States.

Despite this enormous aridity, in the last part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, in the Death valley There were numerous mining surveys, from salts and borate, to copper, lead and silver.

And even in 1903 there was a brief “Golden fever“, Although it declined a few years later.


Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

What to see in Death Valley

During your Death Valley visit you will go through desert places like the aforementioned enclave of Badwater, which surrounded by mountains It presents as a large sea covered by salt plates.

In fact, with its 300 square meters, it is one of the largest salt seas in the world among those included in protected areas.

Atdeath Valley You will find reminiscences of this past mining activity.

In this respect it is worth mentioningRhyolite, now a typical ghost town which in the last century had up to 10,000 inhabitants.


Badwater in Death Valley National Park

Located in the limits of the national park, it was born in 1904 when a quartz mine was discovered. But soon the decline came and already in 1916 the electricity supply was cut.

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley

Another prominent corner of Death valley It is the Badwater Mediterranean-style mansion in Death Valley National Park, which a wealthy investor in mining surveys built in the desert enclave.

It was an adventurer, Walter Scott, which was previously working as cowboy in the show of Wild West from Buffalo Bill.

Walter Scott got the financing of a Chicago tycoon, Albert johnson, to look for a gold mine in Death valley.


Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park

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But after several years without results, Albert johnson He decided to visit the surveys, and finally established a great friendship with Walter Scott and decided to build a ranch to go to Death valley vacation.

The Great Depression from 1929, the ranch could not be completely finished, but that did not prevent that in later years it worked as a hotel and as tourist attraction for Death Valley visitors.

Finally, in 1970, the National Parks department I buy Scotty's Castle, which currently maintains as a tourist attraction.


Badwater in Death Valley National Park

This if, keep in mind that due to recent floods, the access road to this mansion has been affected in such a way that it is announced until 2019 it will not be possible to visit the mansion.

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