On Saturday, February 13, BGS will be heading out early to Death Valley National Park, and will be returning late on Sunday, February 14.
Death Valley is the land of extremes. The lowest point in the contiguous United States, the greatest topographical relief in the contiguous United States, and the highest recorded temperature in North America are all records held by Death Valley. This dry and rugged landscape is a geologist's paradise. The exposure of rock is 100%, so all the neat and interesting formations are highly visible. There is a lot to see here, and we only have two days, so we will really be truckin' through the park to get in as much as we can.
Here is a broad, tentative itinerary of what we will be doing:
Leave UCLA early Saturday morning
Fossils Falls (off 395 in Owens Valley)
Camping at one of the park's campgrounds
Natural Bridge Canyon
Return to UCLA in the evening
This schedule is subject to change based on the interests of the group.
This trip will be more of a geology tour than an in-depth survey of one specific area. Our goal is to get a broad picture of the geology of Death Valley. Any hiking will most likely be for a short distance.
We will be camping in one of the various campgrounds in the park. They are all first come, first served, so it is not set which campground we will be staying in. Leaving UCLA early Saturday morning will allow us to get to the park, pick a campsite, then go and explore for the rest of the day.
February is a wonderful time to visit Death Valley, as the temperatures are cooler, and more comfortable. However, temperatures can still fluctuate quite a bit, and the nights will most likely be cold. Prepare for the daytime by having layers that will keep you cool in the sunshine, but also have layers that will keep you warm in the shade. You will want plenty of clothes to keep you warm at night.
BGS will not be providing food for the trip, so you will be required to bring your own meals. We may cook a communal meal on Saturday night. Also bring plenty of water along. A gallon of water a day should suffice.
Number of spots available
For the sake of transportation, there will be a limited number of spots available on this trip. There are twenty spots available, which should allow us to pack into four cars. Drivers are needed, and we can only provide as many rides as we have spots in the cars.
There will be a small fee to attend this trip. We need to pay for gas, park entry, and campsites. This will be $30 per person.
Reserving Your Spot
If you would like to attend this trip to Death Valley, then please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please send us your name, if you can drive, and any other questions you may have.
This is not a trip to miss, so email us soon to save your spot!