West

Joshua Tree NP

I don’t know whether this should be called Joshua Tree National Park or Crazy Beautiful Rock Formations National Park.  No matter what, this place is unlike any other.  Joshua Trees are finicky and grow only in certain climates.  But these rock formations are quite a backdrop for such rare trees.

Death Valley NP

Death Valley is  in Eastern California, in the Mojave Desert.  It is the lowest, driest, and hottest location in North America.  Badwater, a basin located in Death Valley, is the specific location of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level. This point is only 84.6 miles (136.2 km) ESE of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet

Death Valley holds the record for the highest reliably reported temperature in the Western hemisphere, 134 °F at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913, just short of the world record, 136 °F (57.8 °C) in Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya, on September 13, 1922.