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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 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. CA Hwy 190 will remain open to through traffic.


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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?

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...