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 »
Furnace Creek Visitor Center hours to change for Summer 2013
To better serve summer visitors, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm beginning June 16 through October 7, 2013.
Furnace Creek Campground Temporary Closure
Furnace Creek Campground will be CLOSED for construction starting April 16, 2013. Texas Springs Campground will remain open for summer camping in the Furnace Creek Area. More »
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. If you are a Title 1 school from Las Vegas or Los Angeles, talk to our Education Specialist about participating in our three-day, two-night Death Valley ROCKS program.
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Did You Know?
Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest place in North America and one of the lowest places in the world at 282 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea, between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest at 1371 feet below sea level.