Death Valley National Park is a "must see" for those who love
extremes and dramatic landscapes. Death Valley is the largest national
park within the conterminous U.S., a mythic place drawing visitor from
all over the world. If ever there were a spot where you wanted a "look
ma! I’m here" photo, Death Valley is it. The portion of the Mojave
Desert became a national park recently, in 1994.
The scene of many failed ventures, lost trails, and human follies,
Death Valley remains relatively unchanged by human hands. Due to
temperature extremes in summer and winter, it is wise to plan your
travel for fall or spring wish to do much exploring on foot.
Print our free map to help you plan
your trip to Death Valley National Park. For more detailed travel
, go to the Top Destinations
section and select the Death Valley Area
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, California 92328
Established February 11, 1933 as a national monument and October 31, 1994 as a national park.
3.3 million acres. Open all year. Fee - $10/vehicle.
(760) 786-3200 www.nps.gov/deva
Amid the vast Mojave
Desert, Death Valley is the hottest place in the US, bounded on the
east by the Black and Amargosa ranges and on the west by the Panamint
Mountains. It is also the driest – average annual rainfall is less than
2". Known for extremes, the park contains the lowest point in the
Western Hemisphere, Badwater (282' below sea level), a point accessed
from the east entrance. Also nearby is Zabriskie Point, providing a
panoramic view of Golden Canyon and the valley beyond. Panamint Valley,
Emigrant Canyon, and Charcoal Kilns (about 7,000') are all reached from
the east entrance as well. At the north entrance, roads lead to
geologic formations such as Ubehebe Crater and Stovepipe Wells.
Hiking, backcountry camping (no permit required), horseback riding, and biking.
Bighorn sheep, mule deer,
mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, kit fox, desert pupfish, desert banded
gecko, raven, road-runner, peregrine falcon, killdeer, yellow warbler,
and great blue heron.
Pinyon pine, juniper,
3,000-year-old bristlecone pine, mountain mahogany, mesquite, creosote
bush, arrow weed, pickle-weed, salt grass, and desert holly.
Fall, winter and spring
are the best seasons for visits. Summer temperatures may exceed 120˚
F.; serious sun protection is advised. Wildlife is most visible at dawn
and dusk. Plan ahead for adequate water. Radiator water is available in
storage tanks along the roads. Be alert for open mine shafts and
prospect holes while exploring. Make reservations far in advance as
facilities are limited.
From Las Vegas take US 95
to Nevada 373 and California 127; at Death Valley Junction take
California 190 west to Death Valley National Park. Nearest airports:
Las Vegas, Bakersfield, Los Angeles.