After three hours we arrived at our campground in Death Valley and I’m pretty sure we could have arrived there on Saturday and still had no problem getting in! The campsites are just large gravel parking lots with no hook-ups and a cost of $14.00 per night. There was lot’s of room when we pulled in around 1:00 p.m..
The drive from Lake Mead along Highway 95 was really pretty boring. We did pass High Desert State Prison, which was a little interesting and gave me something to Google.
The prison was opened in September 2000 and is a medium-maximum prison that holds 4,176 inmates.
There wasn’t much in the way of scenery along our route and even the creosote bushes were not blooming.
Once we turned onto the road to Death Valley the scenery became somewhat more interesting. Death Valley is the nation’s driest, hottest and lowest place (we hit 249 feet below sea level), but also has mountains over 11,000 feet high that experience below-zero weather and snow.
After we set up and ate lunch we headed out to find all the interesting things Death Valley had to offer, but we were really underwhelmed :-(. What few wildflowers bloomed this year were long gone and all of the stops of interest were so packed with people that we gave up trying to visit them.
We were able to find a parking spot at Zabriskie Point where we walk up the trail to view the badlands. The badlands are the product of violent actions of water and earthquakes.
Our plan for two nights in Death Valley quickly became one night 😦
Until next time …