It is particularly during the hot summer months that Death Valley does full justice to its name. On some days, the temperatures can reach up to 45º C (113º F) in the shade!
Geographically, Death Valley is a truly remarkable national park and Badwater is the deepest point in the entire western hemisphere. The shiny blue sky and impressive Sierra Nevada Mountain Range are two magnificent and colorful features of California’s seemingly lifeless desert.
The area around Badwater is studded with salt crystals. Its salt lake almost completely dries out during the summer due to the scorching heat. The bottom of the valley and the rocky slopes of the Panamint Mountains heat up the subsoil where temperatures of up to 90 degrees are quite common.
The bizarre landscape of the mysterious 'Devil's Cornfield' really does seem to have been scorched by the heat of another planet but it is actually the relatively high salt content of the terrain that is responsible for its strange and desolate landscape.
Death Valley is indeed a hot property!