Death Valley National Park occupies over 3 million acres on the border of California and Nevada. This desolate area isn’t what comes to mind when you think of the most beautiful places in the world, but those that make the 2.5-hour trek from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas are in for an unexpected treat. Based on our time in the park, here are a few reasons why you should add Death Valley to your list of travel destinations!
In 2017, Big Bend National Park had over 442,641 visitors, making 2017 its busiest year on record! Park visits were especially high during the month of March when the weather is typically mild, the cacti are in bloom and many are on spring break.
Big Bend is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers visitors spectacular scenic vistas, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and roads for exploring, the mighty Rio Grande River for float trips and some of the darkest night skies in the lower 48. We thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip and wished we had more time in this amazing park!
As you may know, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular parks in the National Park system, receiving nearly 4.5 million visitors in 2017. If you’re like us, you’ll be longing to find places to hike that are away from the crowds. The trail to Emerald Lake is notoriously crowded, as is the trail to Alberta Falls. However, if you connect the two with a trek to the out-of-the-way Lake Haiyaha, you’ll find the quiet that you were likely envisioning when you planned your trip to the mountains.
It’s no wonder Zion National Park was the third most popular park in 2017 with 4,504,813 visitors. This park has so much to offer whether you are seeking outdoor adventures or looking to take in the amazing scenery.
Some arrive at Badlands National Park while passing through the region and have only a few hours to spare. For those just traveling through, the 31-mile Badlands Loop Road offers numerous overlooks and opportunities to stretch your legs and take some amazing photos.