Death Valley National Park
|Furnace 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).
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.
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.
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.
|Furnace 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 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.
Photographs of Death Valley from our Road Trips to the Park
Death Valley National Park in California ... Elevation Sea Level
STOP! Intersection of two roads in Death Valley National Park in California
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
Sign in Death Valley National Park: Avoid Overheating - Turn Off A/C - Next 20 Miles
Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek, Elevation -190 Feet
Lone Pine, 53 Miles ... Furnace Creek, 53 Miles, in Death Valley National Park
Mileage Marker Sign 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
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
Artists Palette in California's Death Valley National Park
Entrance to Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park
The Furnace Creek lodging in Death Valley National Park
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
After Death Valley ... Visit Nearby Last Vegas and Hoover Dam