A wooden boardwalk borders a crystal blue spring in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Death Valley’s Hidden Springs and Desert Oases

The most surprising feature in Death Valley may be the presence of wetlands. These rare environments support distinct fish populations and provide life-giving watering holes, and are a sight to see surrounded by much rougher, barren landscapes.

The vast salt flats of Badwater Basin are the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level.

The Best of Death Valley in One Day

If you only have one day to spend in Death Valley, this driving tour of the park will help you experience some of the most iconic sights, stretch your legs, and even enjoy a back-road adventure. Fill your gas tank before entering the park, and be sure to have plenty of food and water on hand, as services are limited.

Old Bank Building, Rhyolite Ghost Town in Death Valley, California.

Discover Death Valley National Park

Death Valley may be as close as you get to visiting another planet. Its sculpted sand dunes, crusted salt flats, towering rocks, and polished marble canyons will make you consider your place in the universe. Learn about the Valley’s spectacular sights and the secrets that draw visitors by the thousands.

Moon Death Valley National Park

California resident Jenna Blough reveals the must-see sights and best-kept secrets of Death Valley National Park, from the popular Amargosa Range to the remote expanses of the Saline and Eureka Valleys. Blough offers handpicked suggestions for experiencing the full diversity of Death Valley including “Best Hikes,” “Best Scenic Four-Wheel Drives,” and “Hidden Springs and Desert […]

Moon California Deserts Camping & Hiking

Best-selling travel authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown offer readers their informed advice on exploring California’s deserts, from climbing Death Valley’s towering Telescope Peak to surveying Joshua Tree’s sweeping landscape and namesake vegetation. Comprehensive and easy to use, Moon California Deserts Camping & Hiking also provides “best-of” campground and trail lists—including Best for Kids, […]

Moon Spotlight Palm Springs

Moon Spotlight Palm Springs is a 60-page compact guide covering Palm Springs, as well as Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Moon California author Liz Hamill Scott offers her firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, and sightseeing highlights maps make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations […]

The profile of Yosemite's famous Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.

California’s Plethora of Parks

California boasts some of the most beautiful parks in the world. They’re everywhere and they come in all sizes, from tiny city and county greenscapes on up to multi-thousand-acre wilderness wonderlands.