The Long Road (Death Valley National Park)

Next week I’m heading to Las Vegas for my Mom and sister’s birthdays – it’s a family celebration and we are all looking forward to it. I arrive a few hours before everyone else so instead of hitting the casinos all by my lonesome I decided to rent a car and drive out to Death Valley National Park to take some pictures of the milky way. The 15th is the ‘new moon’ so on the 16th when I get there the sky should be dark and devoid of light pollution for the moon so I’m really looking forward to it.

My plan is to drive out to Badwater Basin and take some shots with octagons in the foreground (It’ll be hard to search in the dark – I’ll be less particular this time) with the Milky Way over top (and it is supposed to be in full view this time of year!), before heading to Zabriskie Point for the Milky Way over that spot and then head over to the dunes – maybe catch the milky way there but ultimately I’ll plan to sleep in the car for a few hours before sunrise at 5:45 AM over the dunes. After that I’ll make my way back to Vegas, grab a mai tai and crash by the pool. So much for vacation!

The Long Road (Death Valley National Park)

Highway through Death Valley (Death Valley National Park)

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14 thoughts on “The Long Road (Death Valley National Park)

    • Thank you very much – the road was so long and straight and leading right back into those mountains. Mile and mile of straight road. They had a marathon there on the day I was leaving and I couldn’t imagine turning onto this stretch looking out and thinking….holy shit I’m going to die – no way I can make that…it’d be a very intimidating scene.

    • Thanks! It’s an interesting park. I didn’t think I’d ever go back (a little too flat for me) but the chance to catch the milky way (I’ve been really into night photography recently) over Badwater Basin is one I can’t pass up.

    • Thanks Frank. I just hope I can find my car – I’ll need to make sure to bring the GPS. I remember the last time out there that I almost spent the night because I couldn’t remember how to get out of the basin and everything looks exactly the same!

    • Thanks man – appreciate it and the follow/compliments on the pictures. I was just day dreaming about Yellowstone/Grand Tetons over the weekend actually. It’s hard for me to believe that it has been 13 years since I’ve been there – so while I wish I could help with some tips it has just been way too long so I don’t want to steer you in a bad direction. I do remember that I was really impressed with the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and my buddy and I lucked into one of the best campsites I’ve ever had in Grand Teton National Park on Jenny Lake. We did get their really early (campsites fill up by 8 AM) and secured a spot looking out over the Grand Teton range. Enjoy your trip – I’m looking forward to hearing about and am EXTREMELY jealous. Have a blast – it’s an AMAZING place.

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