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Three things to consider when traveling to Death Valley with kids

Death Valley with kids

It may not sound like the most welcoming of destinations, but Death Valley is well worth adding to the holiday shortlist of adventurous families. The world-famous region often makes the headlines for its extreme conditions, but it’s also an important area for tourism, welcoming over 1 million visitors last year.

Located in Eastern California, the valley is a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, making it a perfect destination for a day trip if you’re staying in the city. Or, to truly experience Death Valley with kids in all its glory, you could spend a night or two camping in the wild. However you choose to enjoy this untamed paradise, there are a few key things to keep in mind ahead of your journey.

Check local safety guidelines

First and foremost, wherever you travel with young children, it’s important to remind yourself of the local safety advice that will keep you and your little ones out of harm’s way. Death Valley is a fascinating place to explore, but it can be dangerous. Prepare yourself properly to deal with the harsh conditions.

In the summertime, temperatures can exceed 49ºC (120ºF) in the shade. To combat the extreme heat, consider doing the bulk of your activities in the morning or evening time to avoid the sun’s midday rays. In some of the more remote parts of the valley, it can be difficult to find shade, so make sure you’re aware of your surroundings at all times, and know your limitations before venturing out. Beyond that, stay hydrated and think carefully about the clothes and skin care supplies you need to bring with you to stay protected.

What to do

There are so many ways to enjoy the uniqueness of Death Valley National Park with kids. With such a range of activities at your fingertips, you’ll have no problem designing an itinerary that appeals to everyone’s tastes and interests, even if you have a range of ages to appease.

Take a trip back to the Old West with a guided horseback tour of the valley, before stopping off for some refreshments at one of the saloon-style restaurants. As the sun sets over the valley, peel the little ones away from their digital devices and encourage them to gaze up at the sky full of stars that come into view at night. Death Valley is one of America’s most beautiful designated dark-sky parks, and is recognized as a prime stargazing spot. You’re likely to spot celestial objects that are only visible from a handful of places on Earth – it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Where to stay

If you’re going to be spending a night or more in the valley, you’re going to need somewhere to stay. Due to the lack of water here, Death Valley is technically a desert.  But e surprised by just how many accommodation options are available. If you’re looking for a comfortable base from which to explore the park, there are plenty of hotels, resorts and rustic lodges where you can rest and recover after a long day discovering the wilderness.

There are also a handful of campgrounds where you can pitch up a tent or park your RV for the night. This is a low-cost option that may be better suited to families with older children. If you don’t want to stay in the heart of the valley, you will find plenty more options on the outskirts, from holiday rental properties to large resort hotels. Book your accommodation in advance. Especially if you’re visiting during the peak tourist season when spaces will be harder to come by.

 

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