Photography by Rubi Morel (@rubicisca)

A few months ago, I embarked on a spiritual journey and took a trip down to Death Valley, a desert valley located in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert. Death Valley is known for extreme heat reaching as high as 134 °F (56.7 °C), despite the harsh conditions, the national park still draws millions of tourist every year due to its breathtaking geographic landscapes.

Death Valley is a place where nothing lives, but something dies everyday.

Death Valley is home to more than 1000 species of plants (including 50 that are found nowhere else in the world), 300 species of birds, 51 species of mammals (including bighorn sheep and mountain lions), 36 species of reptiles and a handful of amphibian and fish species. Most of the animals at Death Valley hide in caves during the day and come out at night to prey.

Several scenes in the original “Star Wars” trilogy were filmed in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at Death Valley National Park

There are more than 300 miles of paved roads, 300 miles of dirt roads and several hundred miles of 4×4 roads in Death Valley