Death Valley Double Dare

Badwater, Hell's Gate, Desolation Canyon … do you dare go there? For all its intimidating names evoking isolation, remoteness, and heat, Death Valley National Park is an intriguing destination best visited in the winter and early spring. As the largest national park in the Lower 48, exploring here is wondrous, with a landscape that’s both raw and rugged and spirited and sublime—from canyons to peaks and dunes, even a massive crater you can descend into.

Week 02.17.2021
Regions Northern & Southern CA

Good as Golden

Hike a Classic Loop in Golden Canyon at Death Valley National Park

Golden Canyon in Death Valley has a variety of hiking trails. We like this classic 5.5-mile loop exploring a labyrinth of marbled gold colored hills, badlands, narrow canyons, and tremendous vistas.
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Dune Swoon

Sunset at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park

Of all the places to catch a sunset in Death Valley, we still think there’s none better than the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, inspiring many things, including log rolls, cartwheels, and sundown selfies.
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Ready When You Are: Reno Tahoe

Wide Open Winter Adventures in Reno Tahoe

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With outdoors being essential for health and wellness, and new protocols in place, Reno Tahoe welcomes visitors! It's wide open with snowshoe trails, fire pits by the river, skating, and hot springs.
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Cataclysmic Galactic

Hike Around Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley has a Star Wars vibe going with its desolate landscape. So when you first arrive to hike at the incredible Ubehebe Crater you might expect to see the Millennium Falcon hunkered nearby.
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Canyons Calling

Mosaic Canyon and Desolation Canyon Hikes in Death Valley National Park

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Canyon hikes come in all shapes and sizes in Death Valley, and we’ve got two gems. One requires more rigorous scrambling and navigation, and leads to a dryfall; the other takes you up to a brilliant vista.
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  1. Apple of Your Eye

    That fall feeling is definitely in the air and on display at the Oak Glen Preserve. Apple orchards and colorful leaves are a bonus, as are the apple cider donuts and slushies you can enjoy post-hike.

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    Panoramic coastal views and a killer leg workout combine on this 2.7-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike to secluded Coast Royale Beach in Orange County

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