Monday, November 19, 2012

Dante's View

Arguably, the primary overlook in Death Valley National Park is atop the Black Mountains at 5,475 feet.

From here at Dante's View one can see the central part of the 100-mile-long valley.

In this hard salt bed in the central part is Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America.

From the parking lot, a trail extended along the ridges to the southwest for the views in these next two photos.

A view back up the hill toward the parking lot.

The last quarter of a mile of the 13-mile drive to Dante's View is extremely steep (15% grade) and winding, though the final flat area at roads end has plenty of parking space.
The photo above shows a portion of this final segment of the road to the mountaintop.

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