Visit this dramatic desert landscape to explore colorful canyons, volcanic vistas, amazing sand dunes and the low-lying swaths of desert at Badwater Basin. A waterfall seems an unlikely destination in the Mojave Desert but Darwin Falls, in the park's Panamint Springs area, delivers. The modest cascade flows year-round, tumbling down a mossy rockface to a grotto. As always, be sure to take plenty of water on this two-mile desert hike.
Contact: www.OasisatDeathValley.com; https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm
(Lynn O'Rourke Hayes (www.LOHayes.com) is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via FamilyTravel.com)