This lookout point is 5,000 feel above the Death Valley. Rain falls on the mountains and drains into the valley. There is no outlet to the sea, so the minerals stay in the valley once the water is evaporated. Hottest, Driest, Lowest: Death Valley is a land of extremes. It is one of the hottest places on the surface of the Earth with summer temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. At 282 feet below the level of the sea, it is the driest place in North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.
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