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.
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe are the native people of Death Valley. Western Shoshone and Paiute people once occupied several villages scattered throughout the region, but today only the village of Timbisha at Furnace Creek remains within what is now Death Valley National Park.
In January, 2000 the Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act was implemented, officially providing land in trust to the Tribe on which the Tribe can live permanently and govern the Tribe's affairs within the ancestral homeland of the Tribe outside and within the Park. Today a partnership between the tribe and the National Park Service ensures resources within the park and their traditional homeland are protected and enhanced by cooperative activities.
Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act (S.2102.ENR) January 24,2000
An overview of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe just prior to the Homeland Act
John Reynold's preface to the "Draft Secretarial Report to Congress" on the establishment of a Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Homeland
Pauline Esteves' preface to the "Draft Secretarial Report to Congress" on the establishment of a Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Homeland
Did You Know?
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...