If 90+ temperatures are a deterrent, then winter is definitely the best season to visit Death Valley (although Dante's Peak may prove an uncomfortable contrast). Nvtls, Death Valley is undoubtedly my favourite place. I absolutely love DV. The myriad terrain, the glorious expanses....all offer to give it an almost spiritual quality. This picture was taken off of 190 north of Furnace Creek, but south of salt Creek Interpretive Area. I just parked the jeep on the side of the road and made a trail.