Death Valley National Park

For my return trip to Yellowstone, I am taking the scenic route and visiting Death Valley, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Parks.

Today I spent the afternoon wandering in the starkly beautiful landscape of Death Valley. Despite the dominance of the sun, the park presents a world of vivid colors and textures--from the white crunchy roughness of the salt flats in Badwater Basin (the lowest point in North America) to the rainbow of pigments decorating the cliffs on Artists Drive. I've included a sampling of photos and a short video of Badwater below; see my photo gallery for more pictures.

Artists Drive 

Sunset at Death Valley

Badwater Spring