Death Valley National Park

Highway 395 Road Trip: Death Valley to Yosemite to Tahoe

California is ready-made for road-tripping. In only a few hours, you can drive from the lowest spot in the western hemisphere—Death Valley’s Badwater at minus 282 feet—to 10,000 feet in elevation near the Sierra’s crest. With saw-toothed granite peaks on one side and the arid desert on the other, US 395 is the highway that connects it all.

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Hiking Surprise Canyon in Death Valley

A good hike through Surprise Canyon averages about four hours. Many people go far over that and trek into Panamint City, but the canyon is well worth the time to explore on its own–picture relaxing with your feet in the splashing creek and a nice picnic in the shade after a good workout. Use these detailed directions and trail tips to experience all the canyon has to offer.

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Death Valley’s Five Strangest Places

Amidst Death Valley’s barbed desert expanses, lonesome stretches of highway, twisting dirt roads, and eternal quiet, life (and possibly even death) seems to take on a different shape. From creepy to beautiful, mysterious to moving, ridiculous to sublime, here are five of the strangest places expert author Jenna Blough has encountered in her many desert rambles.

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Erin English

Erin lives in Crested Butte, Colorado and writes about recreation, travel, and the outdoors for online and print publications.

Erin has experience organizing outdoor adventure activities for groups of people with disabilities, working as a nature guide for youth camps and organizations, and coordinating communications for organizations where she interacted with the media and used social media to promote branding and support fundraising initiatives.

Erin is the author of the new guide Moon Rocky Mountain National Park.