Death Valley, CA is the hottest place on the planet, with a world record temperature of 134 F (57 C). It is also the driest place in the U.S., with less than 2 inches of rain per year, and the lowest, with Badwater Basin being 282 feet below sea level.
We’ve been tent camping in the national parks of the western U.S. for two summer months now and have learned a few things we thought we’d share.
The May, 2015 issue of Sunset magazine listed Desert View campground in Grand Canyon National Park as one of their 12 “all-time favorite campgrounds” in the western U.S. Located 25 miles east of Canyon Village, it lacks the massive crowds found along the South Rim yet promises the same stunning canyon views and spectacular sunsets.
Throughout Grand Canyon National Park, messages strictly warn against hiking from the canyon’s rim down to the Colorado River and back in a single day. They all scream: Don’t Do It!