During the day: dazzlingly bright
Back on the lonely main road, it is once again clear how difficult orientation in the valley is. The reason is the expanse of monotonous, barren landscape. Not much chance to note landmarks. Still worse, the sun is so bright and dazzling that it is difficult to determine its exact location without sunglasses.
Death Valley is enclosed by mountains exceeding 3,000 meters elevation. Golden yellow sand dunes shift through the valley, the salt crust of a former sea glitters, and a Tornado Red Golf Alltrack sparkles in the sun. You know, the Golf for all occasions. Or rather, for all trails. The independent sister of the estate version. It doesn't just look like it can handle all terrain; it has all the important ingredients on board to do so: for example, the heavy-duty suspension with the crucial extra ground clearance is standard equipment. The powertrain is protected by a discreet underbody guard with a stainless-steel look, while robust plastic cladding protects the edge of the sheet metal skin. And of course, the talented 4Motion all-wheel drive keeps things moving.
With this equipment, the Alltrack is ready to explore Death Valley immediately, as do approximately 1.2 million visitors annually, of whom a good 40% are German. They are all attracted to this inhospitable place in the desert. Only few of the visitors are aware that the valley is home to more than 900 different species of plants and trees. Twenty-one of these species can be found only here.