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    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.

Stories

The Lost '49ers
At the height of the California Goldrush a group of pioneers decided, against the warning of their wagon master, to take a "shortcut" across the unknown deserts of the West. This fatal misjudgement would give us one of our greatest stories of trial and heroism, and it would give us the name Death Valley.
 

Twenty Mule Teams
For many people, nothing symbolizes Death Valley more than the famous Twenty Mule Teams. These "big teams" pulled massive wagons hauling borax from the Harmony Borax Works near Furnace Creek to the railhead near Mojave, a grueling 165 mile, ten day trip across primitive roads. Although the teams only ran for six years--1883 to 1889--they have made an enduring impression of the Old West.

 
Civilian Conservation Corps
As a brand new national monument in 1933, Death Valley was in need of roads, campgrounds, ranger stations and other facilities to serve the visiting public. The Civilian Conservation Corps came to the rescue, helping to build the park we enjoy today.
 

Did You Know?

Desert Five Spot

Death Valley is home to more than 1000 species of plants and more than 50 of those are endemics, found nowhere else in the world. More...