Athena Preparatory

Private High School Education & College Preparation

Death Valley

The recent reopening of the national park has made it even more intriguing and mysterious. The Badwater Basin, typically a flat and dry area, is now home to a temporary lake that has sprung up after a long time. The Mesquite Flat dunes now have puddles and ponds, while Mosaic and Golden canyons have been reshaped by the floodwaters that surged in August. The park has more greenery than usual, with wildflowers blooming out of season.

It is still being determined how long the lake will last, and some of the park’s roads and other areas still need to be closed. However, visitors who were fortunate enough to be there in recent days have been treated to a host of striking spectacles. They have also faced some challenges, such as the high gas prices at Furnace Creek.

The park’s trails are uncrowded, the roads are freshly scraped, and occupancy needs to be higher in hotels and campgrounds. Many campgrounds are open, and high temperatures are expected to dip from about 100 to the high 80s for most of the following week.

Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the continental U.S., now has a vast, glassy lake with more water than rangers have seen in 18 years. Visitors can now witness a beautiful and rare sight. While some visitors were lucky, others had planned their visit for years and had come from different parts of the world.

It’s a great time to visit Death Valley. The park offers lodging and restaurants at Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs, with hotel prices between $100 and $200 nightly. Many services have been limited since the partial reopening of the park due to staffing shortages.