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Dante's View In Death Valley, California
andrew @ 03/ 28/ 2010

Dante's View is located 5400+ feet above sea level at Death Valley National Park offers spectacular panoramic views of the salt basins and Death Valley of it's entirety. It is located 13 miles off the main Highway 190 from the east side of Death Valley and only about 15 miles south of Furnace Creek.

 

For most of the 13 mile drive towards Dante's View, the scenery is plain of just mountain ranges, but after climbing the 13 miles of road (the last quarter mile of road towards the parking lot of the viewpoint is a 15% incline), you are surprisingly welcomed with a spectacular and amazing view of all of what Death Valley has to offer.

 

There are two hiking paths you can take once you park your car. One way takes you up a mountain path to walk up to an even higher elevation to enjoy a non-obstructed full 360 degree panoramic view of Death Valley. To the west, you can see the highest point in Death Valley, Telescope Peak part of the Panamint Mountain Range at over 11,000 feet high. To all other directions, you can see all the other huge mountain ranges such as the Funeral Mountains, and the Owlshead Mountains that look like a painted picture. The other path takes you toward a picnic area still with an impressive view of over 5,000 feet above sea level. If you are lucky and get to visit during a clear, sunny day, you can see both elevation extremes in the lower 48 United States. Directly below is Badwater Basin is the lowest point at -282 feet below sea level while looking west over the Panamint Mountain Range is Mount Whitney standing at 14,505 feet above sea level.

 

Dante's View is a must visit if coming from the east entrance of the National Park.

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
Amazing view of Badwater Salt Basin and the mountain ranges filled with snow.
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