Death Valley in a day (for non first timers)

02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon
I love the woods. Take me to the forest, and I would be happy. If it will be a forested peak with an impressive view – even better. Secluded beach surrounded by rain forest – oh, majestic!
And though I admire the strange cosmic beauty of deserts. I was so impressed with Utah and Nevada last year that I wanted to take the second look on Death Valley National Park.
Last time – Feb 2015 – when were there – it was extremely hot. But not this time: there were plenty of fresh air, moisture, and low clouds; snow covered mountains peaks.
02.19. Death Valley
02.19. Death Valley

Hiking Desolation Canyon

When we’ve been there the first time, we hiked Golden Canyon. But for this visit, I found a nearby trail in Desolation Canyon.

02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon
02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon

The hike is 3.6 miles out and back, moderate to strenuous. The most challengeable is the second part of the way with two dry falls – 8 and 6 ft. If you are like me, scared of going down on steep slopes, then you find it’s harder to hike them down.
After dry falls, there are few intersections with other canyons, both time you need to take a right.
The canyon ends above the Artist’s Drive, so the hike is very colorful with a rewarding view. If you sometimes hate crowdy Artist’s Drive but love the mix of colors of the rocky walls of canyons, then you will appreciate the hike.

02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon
02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon

The very end of the trail has an overlook over the Artist’s Drive and the valley.
02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon
02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon
02.19. Death Valley, Desolation Canyon

Visit Natural Bridge Canyon

One of the places to visit in Death Valley National Park is Natural Bridge Canyon.
The natural arch in the dark brown canyon looks impressive but is a very popular stop. We didn’t hike beyond the span though I saw several beautiful photos from the further trail.
The trail after the bridge follows enters red rock formations where the canyon narrows, climbs over two small dry falls.
Then there is a bigger fall about 20 feet high. But most sources tell canyon after it becomes shallower and not worse further hiking.
The distance from parking to the bridge is near 0.3 miles, and 0.8 miles to the 20 ft dryfall.

02.19. Death Valley, Natural Bridge

02.19. Death Valley, Natural Bridge

Zabriskie Point

In 2015 Zabriskie Point was closed both for those who drives and those who hikes Golden Canyon trail. But this time it was open.
Zabriskie Point is, probably, the most popular overlook in the park. You can dind it busy most of the times but sunrise tend to be more scenic at sunrise. We planned to stop before the sunset. Though when arrived clouds covered most of the skyline, and we didn’t want to test our luck.
02.19. Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
02.19. Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
02.19. Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
02.19. Death Valley
02.19. Death Valley

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