When it comes to adjectives, special doesn’t even begin to do Death Valley justice. Like its 58 other national park counterparts, Death Valley National Park boasts stunning scenery, fascinating wildlife and unique geological features. But this expanse of federal property on the border of southwestern Nevada and California is more of an oddity than just another pretty place. For example, Death Valley National Park is no stranger to superlatives like largest, driest, hottest and lowest. So in honor of National Park Week, April 18-26, here are 10 reasons it’s worth your while to experience this land of extremes.