Touring the National Parks around Grand Canyon – Death Valley first!

We joined this Western National Fantasy RV Tour in Pahrump NV. late in August. As you can imagine it was still quite hot and at our first stop – Death Valley- the temp was 129-130 degrees. It’s a huge amazing place – a desert complete with sand dunes, a giant salt deposit – Furnace Creek with no water, two meteor craters, thriving vegetation that must clap at the slightest moisture and odd rolling hills of sand turned to stone. Great visitor center here where you get good information on the valley’s characteristics.

Our group is composed of 23 motor coaches of all sizes and the people are mostly retired couples although two solo women are driving their own small class c RVs. People are from all over USA with a variety or range of experience. There are four Kathy’s or Kathleen’s and one couple Richard & Kathleen have an Entegra Cornerstone like us. Nineteen dogs have accompanied their owners on this trek

Some folks have seen some of these parks while for others like us this is a brand new experience. Our wagon masters and tailgunners are experienced tour leaders or participants and two grew up out west or while all have traveled here before.

After Death Valley we headed northeast, but we stop to enjoy the Valley of Fire State Park, an incredible array of red stone formations that defy imagination. Or so we thought. Our tour exposed us to many unusual landscapes and out of this world formations – these were the first of many! The Park had a terrific museum and visitor center where we bought a book about this amazing place.

Our next stop is Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah.

Author: kateamirault

Retired well traveled and Experienced woman

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