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National Parks ·  Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

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! Im 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 planning information, go to the Top Destinations section and select the Death Valley Area pages.


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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

HIGHLIGHTS: 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.

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, backcountry camping (no permit required), horseback riding, and biking.

WILDLIFE: 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.

PLANT LIFE: Pinyon pine, juniper, 3,000-year-old bristlecone pine, mountain mahogany, mesquite, creosote bush, arrow weed, pickle-weed, salt grass, and desert holly.

TRAVEL TIPS: 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.

DIRECTIONS: 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. 


Jon Sullivan/PDPhoto.org
A lizard minimizes skin-to-sand contact on sizzling Death Valley dunes

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