I spent 6 days, between February 20th and 26th in Las Vegas, and Death Valley National Park; two more disparate places are hardly imaginable. With only 3 days in the park, I stuck to the must-see’s – mainly short walks and scenic drives, with two moderate hikes thrown in. The first was a walk from Zabriske Point through the Golden Canyon, and a loop back up the Gower Gulch. This 11km round-trip takes you through what I found to be the most stunning scenery in the park. The second trip was up the Mosaic Canyon, near Stove Pipe Wells Village. Other points of interest included the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the drive to Panamint Springs and through the Panamint Valley, a walk into the Badwater Basin, and the high point of the trip, 1740m Dante’s View – a spectacular vista high above the Badwater Basin, overseeing almost the entire length of Death Valley. While in Las Vegas, I found the time to take walks around Valley of the Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon, not to mention surveying the architecture of the strip.