In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
It is one of the hottest places in the world at the height of summertime along with deserts in the Middle East.
Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. This point is 84.6 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United Stateswith an elevation of 14,505 feet. Death Valley's Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reliably recorded air temperature on Earth at 134 °F on July 10, 1913, as well as the highest recorded natural ground surface temperature on Earth at 201 °F on July 15, 1972. #SoCalTravels