Death Valley National Park

One of America's Largest National Parks

The Oasis at Death Valley gives you the perfect vantage point from which to explore Death Valley National Park. Whether you travel around for an entire day or head out for just a few hours, you’ll be taken aback by all that is unique to one of America’s largest national parks. Everywhere you look, you will find natural wonders unknown in any other part of the world marked by salt flats, ancient geological formations, chiseled canyons and the lowest point in the Americas, Badwater at 282 feet below sea level all the way to the surrounding majestic mountains rising to 11,049 feet at Telescope Peak.

2021 National Park Fee-Free Days
Date
Reason
January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 17
First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
August 4
One Year Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
August 25
National Park Service Birthday
September 26
National Public Lands Day
November 11
Veterans Day
Super Bloom Of Desert Gold Wildflowers At Sunrise, Death Valley

Wildflowers

Despite the dry, hot summer conditions in Death Valley, springtime often brings a luscious bloom of colorful wildflowers.

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Stargazing

Stargazing

Death Valley National Park is designated as the largest Dark Sky National Park in the country.

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Death Valley Dunes at sunset

Photography

Death Valley National Park offers a variety of landscapes for photographers.

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Sites Not To Be Missed Within The Park

  • The Borax Museum at the Ranch at Death Valley provides the history of the property and key figures involved in the history of Death Valley and the resort. It offers a pictorial history and showcases artifacts from the past such as antique stagecoaches, mining tools and a railroad steam locomotive. It is the oldest structure in Death Valley.
  • Artist’s Drive, a one-way paved canyon which meanders eight miles through magnificent washes and mud hills with breathtaking colors and natural rock formations.
  • Badwater, just 17 miles south of the resort, is the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level. Massive salt flats abound.
  • Devil’s Golf Course is actually not a golf course at all, but rather an expansive salt field caused by evaporated bodies of water. One can actually see the crystallization process at work.
  • Also do not miss Mushroom Rock, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View and Harmony Borax Works.

Additional Death Valley Resources

For more information to plan your visit, we suggest you check the following resources.

  • Death Valley National Park has more than 3.3 million acres of spectacular desert scenery, interesting and rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness, and sites of historical and cultural interest. To learn about the current week’s Ranger Talks, go to the Guided Tours link, or for road conditions and current weather forecasts, go to the Morning Reports link under the Features section at the bottom of the National Park Service Death Valley website
  • The Death Valley ’49ers is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that seeks to expand public awareness of Death Valley and foster appreciation of Death Valley as a rare desert environment having unique natural and cultural histories. Some of the activities of the 49’ers include publishing books about Death Valley, cooperatively sponsoring Death Valley history conferences, assisting in renovation projects and much, much more.
    Visit the Death Valley ’49er website