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    Death Valley

    National Park CA,NV

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  • 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 Rehab Project Delayed Until Further Notice

    The popular vista site Zabriskie Point will be closed for major repairs over the 2014/2015 winter and spring seasons, but the exact date has not been determined. The site will remain open until further notice.

Self Guided

Death Valley is a land of a thousand stories, full of intriguing people and places. You can custom-design an ideal learning experience for your students in our park. Focus on photography, mine our rich reserves of Western history, identify wildflowers, follow faults, or journey into the wilderness. Read our "School Visits On Your Own" brochure to start the planning process.

You may be eligible for an educational fee waiver (free park entry), if the following three conditions are met:

  1. You represent an accredited educational institution.
  2. You can demonstrate that your field trip satisfies specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered to participants.
  3. The field trip relates to natural or cultural resources or facilities in the park.

As you design your field trip, plan to stop by one of our visitors centers when you arrive. Familiarize yourself with Things to Know Before You Come. Arrange for camping or lodging for your group; advanced reservations are advised, especially if you are bringing lots of students. Even if you wish to lead most of your field trip independently, consider attending an interpretive ranger program.

Did You Know?

Telescope Peak, 11,049 feet above Badwater Basin

The highest mountain in Death Valley National Park is 11,049 foot Telescope Peak. The vertical drop from the peak to the Badwater Basin is twice the depth of Grand Canyon. More...