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 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.
Kick Off Summer with a Free Trip to Death Valley NP
Kick Off Summer with a Free Trip to
Death Valley National Park
Start summer off with a free visit to Death Valley National Park!The National Park Service is waiving all entrance fees on June 21 to celebrate the first day of summer.
Enjoy a day at Mesquite Sand Dunes, or wind your way through Golden Canyon, or stay cool with a visit to Scotty's Castle. You can still enjoy hiking early in the day before the temperatures get too hot, or go to higher altitudes such as the Wildrose/Telescope Peak area or Charcoal Kilns later in the day.
"The longest day of the year is the perfect time to take a short trip. Celebrate an extended Father's Day with Dad, the start of summer break with the kids, or a job well done with your favorite graduate," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "With 394 national parks across the country, you could opt to visit an old favorite or explore a new place. Find a reason to get outside and enjoy the extra sunshine at a national park near you."
Additional fee free days in 2011 are National Public Lands Day (Saturday, September 24) and Veterans Day weekend (November 11-13).
To help plan your trip, go to www.nps.gov/deva, or call 760-786-3200 for more information.
Did You Know?
Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park was named by Dr. Samuel George in 1861. After climbing the 11,049 foot peak, Dr. George said that he could see so far that it reminded him of looking through a telescope.