Re: Death Valley?
I'm still planning on going somewhere around the Las Vegas area (but not Las Vegas) around Christmas time. Probably the week before or the week between Christmas and New Years.
Death Valley is to the west, but to the east are Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and to the north is Valley of Fire and to the north west are the White Hills (I think that's their name) where is found the oldest bristlecone pine forest in the world.
Heck, I'll go anywhere. It would be fun to do it with some fellow TE friends!