This blog post features seven videos from our December 2019 RV trip into Death Valley National Park. We visited during a week that the park received a good dose of its yearly 2″ average rainfall, so made for some rare scenes that most visitors don’t get to see.
We spent an entire week camped in the park and toured many of the fabulous landscapes this humongous park offers. But, I have to say even a full week wasn’t enough, and we already have a return visit planned hopefully this spring. Maybe we could be there to witness the rare flower super bloom and see some of the stuff we missed. Fingers crossed.
Furnace Creek Camping Area in Death Valley NP
In this video, I kick off my December 2019 Death Valley National Park video series with a look at the camping and services located at Furnace Creek. Furnace Creek is the central hub of this massive 3.4 million acres park. I’ll give you a look at the Furnace Creek and Sunset Campgrounds and the Ranch at Death Valley property with some info about each.
More information – Death Valley NP Campgrounds List
Three Very Different Days at Badwater Basin
In this second video of the series Death Valley NP Dec 2019 Visit, I take you along on three different trips we took down to Badwater Basin. Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North Amerca at 282 feet below sea level. It is also touted as the hottest and driest. Not so much for me! 🙂 I had the pleasure of visiting during a passing fall storm, which actually dropped significant rainfall onto the valley floor.
So, the first time we see the typically sunny, warm salt flats, but on the second visit, it’s cloudy, foggy, and raining! The video finishes with the third trip to enjoy large puddles of water and gorgeous reflections of the surrounding mountains.
Sunrise at Beautiful Zabriskie Point
In this 3rd video from our fall visit to Death Valley NP, I take you along on two sunrise photoshoots to famous Zabriskie Point. The first sunrise is a bust, but the second delivered a gorgeous scene.
Cloudy Sunsets at Mesquite Dunes
In this 4th video, we head out to the Mesquite Sand Dunes to try and get a beautiful sunset photo, and I walk out to explore the taller dunes. Due to a spell of cloudy, rainy weather mother nature didn’t cooperate to get a spectacular photo of the dunes lit up by the evening sun. But, the stormy skies gave us a beautiful scene anyway.
Artist Drive and Artist Palette Overlook
In this 5th video, we take a trip on the colorful Artist Drive and stop off to enjoy the view at the Artist Palette overlook. Also included is dashcam footage of sections the 9-mile one-way drive that weaves its way through the hills, canyons, and gullies. The video ends with a few of my photo stills.
Playing in the Devils Golf Course, Death Valley
In this video, we take in a side attraction at Death Valley National Park called the Devils Golf Course. This aptly named site is an area of jagged salt and mud formations as far as the eye can see. I never got a good sunrise or sunset at this location but figured it was still worth a video and some photos just for the weirdness of the place.
Two Colorful Canyons – 20 Mule Team and Golden
In this video, I give you a look at both Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Golden Canyon in Death Valley National Park. Twenty Mule Team is an extensive, colorful badland area, and Golden Canyon is a network of tighter slot canyons. Both offer fantastic hiking and views of fabulous geological formations.
The video ends with a selection of still images, some showing the closer up views of rocks and plants after heavy rain had flooded the washes. Enjoy!