According to the Death Valley Ranger Guide:
During the1849 California gold rush a groups of pioneers decided, against the warning of their wagon master, to take a shorcut" across the unknown deserts of the West. Only one group member died in the valley, but as the party exited through Panamint Mountains, one man looked back and said, "goodbye, Death Valley."
Although the name is less than inviting, Death Valley is a beautiful place.
Take a look at some photos from a recent trip to this beautiful national park.
Have you ever visited Death Valley National Park?
What surprised you the most about this location?