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    Death Valley

    National Park CA,NV

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    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.


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Death Valley Butterflies (1.48 mb PDF)

The most abundant butterfly species within the park include the following species:

  • square-spotted blue
  • sagebrush checkerspot
  • indra swallowtail
  • western pygmy-blue
  • checkered white
  • Becker's white

Butterfly populations are not only influenced by climate, habitat conditions, and other site specific variables, they are also influenced by direct harm. Butterfly conservation in this park and elsewhere will help ensure the continued enjoyment of these fascinating creatures. Unfortunately, Death Valley National Park has had large-scale illegal commercial butterfly collectors in the past. Some have been caught and sentenced to jail and have faced stiff fines. Remember, specimen collecting within the park, for personal or commercial use, is prohibited, unless it is part of an approved research project and in possession of a valid National Park Service research permit. Handling butterflies or other wildlife is also not permitted. Butterflies in the park are best appreciated with the aid of binoculars or a camera. Please no nets or other capturing devices.

Did You Know?

Evaporation Measurement Tank at Furnace Creek

The average evaporation rate in the bottom of Death Valley is 150 inches a year. Since the average rainfall is less than 2 inches ... the two don't quite meet. More...