Situated within the Mojave Desert, Death Valley gained its English name in 1849 during the California Gold rush. It’s the lowest part of land in North America, reaching 86 metres below sea. The driest place in North America, and the hottest place on earth, temperatures have been recorded at 57 degrees centigrade (134 degrees farenheit). It’s a dangerous area to travel through as the name suggests, other places within the Death Valley National Park also echo this sentiment – Furnace Creek, the Devil’s Golf Course, the Devil’s Cornfield and Badwater Basin. But it’s also a beautiful, richly diverse landscape of mountains, valleys, canyons, salt flats and sand dunes.