The day I arrived it snowed several inches in Death Valley National Park. That was not what I was expecting, and let me explain why it's not quite as freaky as it sounds.
The actual Death Valley, an area partly below sea level, lies between two mountain ranges. One is the Panamints, which along with the Sierras catches much of the moisture coming from the Pacific, leaving the valley in a rain shadow. So, it was the Panamints that caught the snow and rain.
The highest of the Panamints is Telescope Peak, and the 6.6-mile trail to the top was covered much of the way by snow the next day. The last 1,000 feet of elevation gain was interesting, with new snow covering old snow and making each step uncertain, but I struggled to the top by 1 p.m.
The view was incredible. From the top of Telescope Peak (11,049 feet) you see the highest point in the Lower 48 (Mount Whitney, 14,491 feet) and the lowest point (Badwater, 282 feet below sea level).