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Old 06-05-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: England
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Ive been twice once in january which was nice and cool, and once in July, I wouldnt go in july if you wanna burn it was well into the 100's, I went from vegas and the drive is great some amazing scenery. I saw more in january as it was much cooler so I could walk about and see more its definitely a place you have to see for yourself pictures will never do it justice.

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Old 06-05-2007, 03:27 PM
 
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Scotty's Castle is a must-see! I'm sure you've looked, but the National Park Service has excellent info on park safety.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:12 PM
 
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When I ran a motel that had a big European clientel, they would come to the CA desert in July and August. Many Europeans go to Death Valley in the Summer just to say they did it. It's a beautiful place, but be prepared. I had one young Italian guy staying at the motel decide to trek out into Joshua Tree National Park in August, at 10am, with one water bottle. He took a trail that was 5 miles, thinking it was 5 km, and almost killed himself trying to get back. He was heading for Death Valley from his stay in Joshua Tree I made him promise: get up at sunrise for trail walking, bring LOTS of water and sunblock, tell someone where you are going.

Oh, and going to Scotty's Castle is a must!
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I love Death Valley -- been there a few times as a side trip when Vegas got boring. Fly into Vegas, rent a car, and you're only an hour or so away, and there are a couple of ghost towns on the way to stop at.

The best time to go would be late March/early April, when the desert is in bloom and it's warm but not dangerously so. I wouldn't go in July or August even if I were hauling a tanker of water and a team of doctors along with me.
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:24 PM
 
Location: central WI
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Default Death Valley in 1989

I went to Las Vegas with my boyfriend.We went there the week of July 4th,and and we rented a car after a few days. It was 120 degrees at midnight the first night we landed(we flew). It was a great crusie and I am glad I saw it but OH MY GOD! The temps werwe in the 100's,and when got out of the air conditioned car, it was like a blast furnace.Way too hot for me but it was quite the experience.On the way their we stopped at Hell's Gate.LOL!
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