StyleOnTheCouch Travels: Death Valley

I haven’t yet shared all the photos from my West coast holiday last summer – clearly the cold New York City winter has me craving the dessert heat because I decided to post pics from one of my favourite parks during the trip, Death Valley.

Death Valley was an intense and changing landscape of low lying salt flats, mountain top overlooks, graceful sand dunes and abandoned wilderness.

Badwater salt flats, 5 miles across and no shade (! and cue much squinting in photographs) was a magical plain of white grains stretching out before me.

The heat was far too intense to spend too long out in the basin, but under the sun it was beautiful.

Heading back from Badwater Basin to Dante’s View, I went through Artist’s Drive – a nine mile paved loop through multi coloured volcanic and sedimentary hills – incredibly photogenic in the near-sunset light

Dante’s View (above), 5000 feet above the inferno of Death Valley was the most amazing place to drive up to and watch the sun go down

Above: Furnace Creek ranch, my home for the night. Below: woman & cactus.  Clearly the heat had gone to my head at this point

I would wholeheartedly recommend a trip to Death Valley, Blog Reader.  The changing landscape and the vibrantly coloured scenes are a wonder to see.

You can read more about Death Valley on the National Parks website.

Desert gear, care of: Alexander Wang (black dress) Gap (denim shorts) and Anthropologie (red maxi)