Synopses & Reviews
California resident Jenna Blough reveals the must-see sights and best-kept secrets of Death Valley National Park, from the popular Amargosa Range to the remote expanses of the Saline and Eureka Valleys. Blough offers handpicked suggestions for experiencing the full diversity of Death Valley including and#147;Best Hikes,and#8221; and#147;Best Scenic Four-Wheel Drives,and#8221; and and#147;Hidden Springs and Desert Oases.and#8221; Packed with insider tips and advice on topics such as timing a visit and handling the extreme temperatures, Moon Death Valley National Park gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
With sculpted sand dunes, crusted salt flats, and polished marble canyons, Death Valley is as close as you can get to another planet.
This book tells you what you need to know to plan the perfect trip for you:
- Strategies for how to get there, how long it will take, and where to stop along the way
- Hikes to abandoned mining camps, remote ghost towns, and hidden springs
- The most scenic backcountry roads in and around the park
- The best places to pitch a tent, park your RV, or bed down indoors
- Excursions beyond the park boundaries to offbeat sights like the Amargosa Opera House and the Trona Pinnacles
Moon Travel Guides: Find Your Adventure
Explore the crusted salt flats, towering rocks, and polished marble canyons of this otherworldly landscape with Moon Death Valley National Park. Inside you'll find:
With Moon Death Valley National Park's practical tips, myriad activities, and expert know-how, you can plan your trip your way.
- Itineraries for every timeline, budget, and travel style, ranging from one day in the park to a week-long trip
- Strategies for getting to Death Valley National Park and getting around, with detailed driving directions
- The top activities and unique ideas for exploring the park: Hike through forested trails to sweeping canyon views, and discover abandoned mining camps, remote ghost towns, and hidden springs. Go four-wheel driving in rugged backcountry, or cruise along Badwater Basin Road to check out iconic sights like the Devil's Golf Course, Artist's Drive, and Zabriskie Point. Admire surreal salt flats, ethereal rock formations, colorful mosaic stone, and sculpted sand dunes, and find the best spots for that perfect sunset photo-op
- Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
- Valuable insight from Death Valley expert Jenna Blough
- Essential tips for hiking, camping, and other recreation, plus information on the right gear to pack for the desert
- Honest advice on when to go and where to stay, whether you're pitching the tent, parking the RV, or bedding down at a hotel
- Up-to-date information on park fees, passes, and reservations
- Coverage of excursions beyond the park, including offbeat sites like the Amargosa Opera House and the Trona Pinnacles
- Handy recommendations for families, seniors, international visitors, and travelers with disabilities
- Thorough background on the wildlife, terrain, culture, and history
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About the Author
A native of Virginia, Jenna Blough
grew up on the edge of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and was allowed to run wild, instilling a love of the outdoors early on. Her parents also dragged her and her sister on a cross-country road trip of epic proportions at an impressionable age. They visited American classics like Wall Drug, South Dakota; Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Petrified Forest, Arizona. To this day she has an equal appreciation for Wild West roadside attractions, historic sites, and wilderness.
Jenna Blough met her geographic soul mate in the California desert. Though she didnand#8217;t make it to California until well past college, she has since made up for lost time. Drawn by the austere beauty of the Mojave Desert, she is also fascinated by its cultural history including ghost towns, ancient native sights, and the Mojaveand#8217;s current land use.
She received an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and went on to complete a Masterand#8217;s degree in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing. Moon Death Valley National Park is her first travel book, and she is thrilled to embark on this new path. When sheand#8217;s not living out of a tent, Jenna lives in a cabin in Los Angeles with her husband, Ryan Jones, a woodstove, and a lot of books.