EXTREME SUMMER HEAT
Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »
Zabriskie Point to close for repairs
Starting October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding area will be closed for major rehabilitation work to repair unstable support walls and improve conditions.
Plan A Field Trip
Despite its ominous name, Death Valley National Park is filled with life and extraordinary human experiences. We welcome you to share it with us! Like the entire natural world, if treated with respect it is a safe place to spend time and an ideal setting in which to learn.
Death Valley National Park was set aside because of its unique desert environment. It has features that are as individual as your students. In order to appreciate such a place, one must spend time in it. We look forward to working with you and learning together!
Schools traveling to Death Valley independently, and local schools can sample one or more of our curriculum-based environmental education day or night programs. Even if you don't participate in a ranger-led activity, you are welcome to plan a self-guided visit. For a taste of history and a feat of engineering, bring your students to Scotty's Castle, a 1920s and 1930s era mansion in the desert. Tour back in time to 1939, discovering tall tales and technology, as history comes alive before your eyes.
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Did You Know?
Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth. In July 1913, five consecutive days of 129°F or above were recorded in Death Valley. On July 10, 1913 a reading of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was taken, the world record hottest air temperature. More...