Record temperatures are luring ‘heat tourists’ to Death Valley National Park

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The fourth hottest summer in Death Valley history is drawing visitors interested in “heat tourism.”(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The fourth hottest summer in Death Valley history is drawing visitors interested in “heat tourism.”(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Once he saw that temperatures in Death Valley National Park had hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, Dan Markham, 40, knew he had to go.

The southern Utah local made the drive last month and found himself in the company of dozens of other park visitors hoping to get a picture alongside a thermometer listing one of the hottest recorded temperatures on Earth.

According to Markham, visitors from Nevada, Washington, and California sat in their cars, air conditioners blasting, and waited as the thermometer toggled between 129 and 130. Markham stayed for two hours.

“It would be stuck at 129 and then all of a sudden it would go up to 130 and everyone would run out of their cars to take a picture,” Markham said.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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