Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek, Elevation -190 FeetFurnace Creek in Death Valley National Park ... elevation minus 190 feet

Death Valley is the largest U.S. National Park outside Alaska, spanning 3.4 million acres. The park includes low valley floors crusted with barren salt flats, rugged mountains rising as much as 11,000 feet, deep and winding canyons, rolling sand dunes, and spring-fed oases.

Death Valley is about 140 miles long, from the head of Last Chance Canyon in the north to where the Amargosa River makes its big bend near Saratoga Springs in the south.

Badwater Basin-282 feet below sea level-is not only the lowest place in the park, it's the lowest in North America. It is located 18 miles south of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on the Badwater Road (CA 178).

Location and Access to Death Valley

There are two major valleys in the park, Death Valley and Panamint Valley. The park is transected from east to west by California Highway 190.

On the east in Nevada, Highway 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty’s Junction (State Route 267), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373).

STOP! Intersection of two roads in
Death Valley National Park in California
STOP! Intersection of two roads in Death Valley National Park in California

 

 

What Weather to Expect in Death Valley

Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America because of its lack of surface water and its low relief.

On the afternoon of July 10, 1913, the United States Weather Bureau recorded a high temperature of 134 °F at Greenland Ranch (now Furnace Creek) in Death Valley. This temperature stands as the highest ambient air temperature ever recorded at the surface of the Earth

Conditions can change quickly with inclement weather, so visitors should always check for current conditions before taking backcountry roads.

Dust storm winds send sand blowing
across the road in Death Valley National Park
Dust storm winds send sand blowing across the road in Death Valley National Park

Storm clouds and rain settle in over
Death Valley National Park
Storm clouds and rain settle in over Death Valley National Park

Getting Around Death Valley National Park

Travel around the park is available by automobile, four-wheel drive vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, mountain bike (on established roadways only), and hiking. State Route 190, the Badwater Road, the Scotty's Castle Road, and paved roads to Dante's View and Wildrose provide access to the major scenic viewpoints and historic points of interes

There are more than 300 miles of paved roads, 300 miles of improved dirt roads and several hundred miles of unmaintained 4x4 roads in Death Valley National Park.

 

Death Valley National Park in California
... Elevation Sea Level
Death Valley National Park in California ... Elevation Sea Level

Lodging and Camping Options in and near Death Valley National Park

There are nine designated campgrounds within the park, and overnight backcountry camping permits are available at the Visitor Center.

The Furnace Creek Ranch Inn and Ranch Resort in Death Valley National ParkFurnace Creek lodging in Death Valley National Park

Xanterra Parks & Resorts owns and operates a private resort, the Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort, which comprises two separate and distinct hotels: the Furnace Creek Inn is a four-star historic hotel, and the Furnace Creek Ranch is a three-star ranch-style property reminiscent of the mining and prospecting days.

On our most recent trip to Death Valley, we stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch and dined at the Wrangler Buffet and Steakhouse on the same property.

 

Death Valley Lodging Company operates the Stovepipe Wells Village motel. Stovepipe Wells Village is the only authorized concession operations located in Death Valley National Park.

There are a few motels near various entrances to the park, in Shoshone, Death Valley Junction, Beatty, Nevada, and Panamint Springs.

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Photo of Death Valley from our Road Trips to the Park

Sign in Death Valley National Park:
Avoid Overheating - Turn Off A/C - Next 20 Miles
Sign in Death Valley National Park: Avoid Overheating - Turn Off A/C - Next 20 Miles

Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek, Elevation -190 Feet
Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek, Elevation -190 Feet


Lone Pine, 53 Miles ... Furnace Creek, 53 Miles
in Death Valley National Park
Lone Pine, 53 Miles ... Furnace Creek, 53 Miles, in Death Valley National Park in California

Mileage Marker Sign in Death Valley National Park in California
Mileage Marker Sign in Death Valley National Park in California
The Devils Golf Course in Death Valley National Park in California
The Devils Golf Course in Death Valley National Park in California

 

 

Leadfield ghost town in Death Valley National Park, closed in 1927
Leadfield ghost town in Death Valley National Park, closed in 1927

The narrow passage between towering rocks
in Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley National Park
The narrow passage between towering rocks in Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley National Park
Sign warning of flash floods in Death Valley National Park, next 55 miles
Sign warning of flash floods in Death Valley National Park, next 55 miles


 

Artists Palette in California's Death Valley National Park
Artists Palette in California's Death Valley National Park


Entrance to Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park
Entrance to Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park

The Furnace Creek lodging in Death Valley National Park
The Furnace Creek Ranch Inn and Ranch Resort in Death Valley National Park

U.S. Post Office, 328 Greenland, Death Valley CA 92328
U.S. Post Office, 328 Greenland, Death Valley CA 92328


 

Interactive Map of the Death Valley National Park

For More Information about Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park official website at the National Park Service or phone (760) 786-3200

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The Furnace Creek Ranch Inn and Ranch Resort in Death Valley National Park

 

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U.S. Post Office, 328 Greenland, Death Valley CA 92328