I was a race director for an ultramarathon (running) race through Death Valley for three years. It was some of the most daunting and spectacular landscape I've ever spent time in (and the race...incredible as well). Badwater Road in Death Valley, California
Mysterious sliding rocks on dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park. The rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds, slide across the sediment, leaving furrows in their wakes. One of the hottest temperatures on earth was recorded in 1913, in Death Valley National Park, at 134 degrees.
This panorama can be viewed from Golden Trail in Death Valley National Park, a park that is celebrated for being the lowest in elevation in the western hemisphere, having the hottest recorded temperature on Earth, being one of the driest deserts, and having one of the lowest recorded rainfalls and lowest possible decibel levels recorded.