Family Travel

Death Valley Christmas

Submitted by Brent


Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of wilderness. Dealth Valley is home to unbelieveable plants and animals unique to the harshest deserts.

A place of legend and a place of trial. A place the Schimkes went for Christmas! Death Valley. We stayed at Furnace Creek Inn which is the "jewel of Death Valley" nestled against the Funeral Mountains and overlooking the desert salt pans and majestic Panamint Mountains. This was our home base for four days.

  • Traveling in the winter wasn't a bad idea--no crowds whatsoever.
  • Don't arrive at night. It is pitch black.
  • Budget more time that you expect to get there (or back from there).

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