At Stovepipe Wells we were told it was a cool day in Death Valley – by cool, only 106 degrees fahrenheit.
Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in the United States. A temperature of 134 degrees fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded in the world, occurred here, and annual rainfall is only two inches.
It’s the uncompromising severity of the desert, and the almost surreal landscapes that brings tourists here. Sand dunes, white salt flats, contoured rock badlands, and copper canyon walls.
Anthropologists estimate that roaming humans first settled in the valley roughly 10,000 years ago. But it was a group of gold rush pioneers, who barely survived the trek across the area, who named the spot Death Valley.