Death Valley National Park Travel Guide

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).

The park is about 140 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 280 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California.

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

 

 

Lodging and Camping Options in and near Death Valley National Park

The Ranch at Death Valley, formerly Furnace Creek Ranch, in Death Valley National ParkThe Ranch at Death Valley, formerly the Furnace Creek Ranch, in Death Valley National Park

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

When picking a place to sleep, visitors should consider the location of the lodging and what parts of the park they want to visit. Distances are great.

Lodging options in the park include:

  • Stovepipe Wells Village -  offers resort accommodations and limited recreational vehicle camping with full hookups in the Stovepipe Wells area. Call 760.786.2387 or visit the Stovepipe Wells Village website for information and reservations.
  • The Oasis at Death Valley - Includes two facilities: The Inn at Death Valley, and The Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch). Visit the Oasis at Death Valley website for information and reservations, or call 800.236.7916.
  • Panamint Springs Resort - The private Panamint Springs Resort offers resort accommodations and camping. Call 775.482.7680, or visit the Panamint Springs Resort website for information.

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

There are a few motels near various entrances to the park, in Shoshone, Death Valley Junction, Beatty, Nevada, and Panamint Springs. Reviews of area hotels at TripAdvisor are included below.

Lodging in the Park

Visiting Death Valley and need lodging in/near the park?

Read traveler reviews, check availability and make reservations at TripAdvisor

Lodging in Las Vegas

Visiting Death Valley and staying in Las Vegas?

Lodging East of the Park

Beatty, Nevada
Pahrump, Nevada
Shoshone, California

Lodging West of the Park

Lone Pine, California
Ridgecrest, California
Bishop, California

The Inn at Death Valley
The Inn at Death Valley

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

Driving the dirt roads in Death Valley

Travel around the park is available by automobile, four-wheel drive vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, mountain bike (on established roadways only), and hiking.

Driving distances between sightseeing and lodging can be long, so plan accordingly.

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.

 

Map of Death Valley National Park from the National Park Service (click for larger image)
Map of Death Valley National Park ... click for a larger view in another window


Interactive Map of the Death Valley National Park


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


Distances are great in the Park!
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

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

Photos of Death Valley from our Road Trips to the Park

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

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

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

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 The Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch) in Death Valley
Entrance to Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park
The Ranch at Death Valley ... 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



More Information / Alerts 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

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

Read reviews and make reservations at Las Vegas hotels


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