The Death Valley is among the most desolate, harsh environments on Earth. With temperatures in excess of 55 degrees and no source of water (only salt water) walking in the Death Valley in the summer during daylight hours means that you are likely to be in the hottest spot on the planet at that moment.

From an elevation of 1000 metres at the north end, the land slopes down steadily, for 100 km the floor is below sea level, reaching a low point of -86 metres at Badwater, the lowest point in the Western hemisphere.