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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.

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April 09, 2014
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate National Park Week
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20, 2014 to celebrate National Park Week

January 30, 2014
Death Valley NP Announces New Tour and Road Construction Schedule at Scottys Castle
Road construction in northern Death Valley National Park will continue for the next several weeks. Crews will be on the road both east and west of Scotty’s Castle and the road to Mesquite Springs Campground. Construction is in progress on eight miles of Scotty’s Castle Road (also known as North Highway or Bonnie Clare Road). Drivers can expect up to 30 minute delays on Scotty’s Castle Road and the Mesquite Springs Campground Road. The construction project is bounded by the Grapevine Ranger Station and the Death Valley National Park boundary. Pavement has been removed, so sections of both of these roads are currently unpaved.

September 19, 2013
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park September 28
Death Valley National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 for National Public Lands Day. The 20th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

August 21, 2013
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park for Founder's Day
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 to celebrate Founder’s Day—the birthday of the National Park Service.

August 08, 2013
Death Valley National Park Issues Scoping Notice for Stovepipe Wells Cellular Service Proposal
Death Valley, CA--Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding a commercial proposal to install a telecommunications tower and provide cellular service near Stovepipe Wells Village.

August 07, 2013
Death Valley National Park Issues Finding of No Significant Impact, Approves Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan for Death Valley National Park, concluding a 4-year public planning process.

August 05, 2013
Storm Damage Closes Several Roads in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA—Heavy rainstorms that crossed the region recently (July 28th) have forced the closure of several Death Valley National Park roads due to flood damage.

July 26, 2013
Death Valley National Park Participates in Global Network of Mountain Ecosystem Climate Change Monitoring Sites
During the week of July 23-28 twenty scientists, volunteers and students gathered in the Panamint Range to establish a new target region (“site”) of the GLORIA Monitoring Program. The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments was established by scientists in Austria nearly a decade ago to facilitate an effort to document changes in biodiversity and vegetation patterns in high mountain ecosystems around the globe, in response to climate change.

July 11, 2013
Death Valley NP Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium was filled with weather enthusiasts from across the nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded on July 10, 1913. The 134 degree day was penned by Oscar Denton, who took the reading amidst birds falling dead from the sky because of the heat.

July 09, 2013
Scotty’s Castle Will Close for Paving Project
Death Valley National Park will close historic Scotty’s Castle on July 15th for a paving project that will close the parking lot at the Castle.

July 01, 2013
National Park Service and the National Weather Service Host Celebration of Weather Event
Death Valley National Park, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS), will host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the hottest recorded temperature in the world, measured at 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch (now Furnace Creek Ranch) in Death Valley, CA.

June 05, 2013
Public Comments Sought for Environmental Assessment for Hunter Mountain Prescribed Burn
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze a proposal to conduct a prescribed fire and associated ecosystem study within Death Valley National Park (Park). Fifty acres of pinyon pine forest with scattered sagebrush at the intersection of the Hunter Mountain Road and the Hunter Cabin Road in the Cottonwood Mountains is the planned location of the project.

June 03, 2013
Furnace Creek Visitor Center Changes to Summer Schedule
Beginning on Sunday June 16th, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., one hour later than the previous schedule. This change will better serve the summer travelers who arrive later in the day or begin their activities early and seek indoor venues in the afternoon. While summer brings extreme temperatures, this time of year also brings a high volume of European visitors. The new schedule will allow park staff to be available later in the day to assist visitors. The Visitor Center will return to winter hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on October 7th.

May 29, 2013
Scotty’s Castle Reopens After Fire in Death Valley National Park
Historic Scotty’s Castle Reopens Thursday, May 30th after a fire burned 15 acres of vegetation north of the Castle.

May 23, 2013
Wildland Fire Contained Near Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park
Firefighters have contained a 15 acre wildland fire on Thursday near historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park. Scotty’s Castle is a Spanish style mansion built in the 1930s that hosts daily living history tours. The Castle is closed until water and power are restored to the area.

May 22, 2013
Wildland Fire Erupts Near Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park
A fire broke out near historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park on Tuesday, May 21st around 4 pm. As of Wednesday morning, about 26 acres of heavy brush had burned north of the Castle grounds. Firefighters from the region were called in to fight the blaze which at times was about 70 feet high.

May 15, 2013
Organ Concert in Historic Scotty’s Castle
If you have never had the opportunity to hear a historic theatre pipe organ, here is your chance. On June 21-22, accomplished theatre and classical concert organist, Ty Woodward, will perform four concerts at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park. The concert is sponsored by the Death Valley Natural History Association in cooperation with the National Park Service. The concert is held annually within the Upper Music Room of Scotty’s Castle. Proceeds for this event help fund the annual maintenance and tuning of the Scotty’s Castle Organ and its associated instruments.

April 17, 2013
Death Valley National Park Proposes Fee Changes at Furnace Creek Campground
Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding pricing for nineteen improved campsites and the establishment of three new group sites in the Furnace Creek Campground.

April 10, 2013
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate National Park
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park every day and all National Park units between April 22-26, 2013 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

March 12, 2013
Death Valley National Park Presents Musical Round-About
Death Valley, CA, NV--Death Valley National Park invites the public to the first ever “Musical Round-About” at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium on March 22nd. The concert is the second of several events aimed at showcasing the artistic talents of the Death Valley community both within and adjacent to the park.

March 07, 2013
Death Valley National Park Hosts Second Annual MarsFest
Death Valley, CA--Hundreds of park visitors had an opportunity to hear NASA scientists, go to “Mars Hill”, look down into a hydro-magmatic crater, and learn about microbes in the muck at Badwater Basin. The second Mars Festival (MarsFest) in Death Valley National Park hosted presenters from several institutions to deliver programs for mere mortals. Speakers highlighted current research being conducted both in Death Valley and on Mars.

March 05, 2013
National Parks Serve as Powerful Economic Engines
Death Valley, CA –National Parks continued to be important economic engines for local communities, with visitors generating $30.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the National Park Service.

February 20, 2013
Death Valley National Park’s Dark, Starry Nights Earn International Dark Sky Recognition
Most famous as the lowest, driest, and hottest place in North America, Death Valley National Park also harbors some of the darkest night skies in the United States. That dark sky is key to its recent certification as only the third International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. National Park System.

February 13, 2013
MarsFest 2013 Comes to Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA--Join Death Valley NP for the second annual MarsFest (formerly Mars and the Mojave) March 1 – March 3, 2013. MarsFest is an annual science festival for all ages and interest levels held in Death Valley National Park. The festival is a partnership between the National Park Service and several NASA centers and NASA-sponsored research arms (the Carl Sagan Center/SETI Institute, Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Lab) to bring scientists and the public together to explore our nation’s forays into space.

January 28, 2013
Death Valley NP To Host Dark Sky Program
Death Valley National Park and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will co-host a Dark Sky Program on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2013. The event will begin around dusk each evening at the Furnace Creek Airport just north of the Furnace Creek Ranch on Highway 190. National Park Rangers will be viewing the night sky with their telescopes from 7-9 pm each night as part of Death Valley National Park’s Dark Night Sky series.

January 28, 2013
Employee Photo Exhibit at Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Death Valley National Park presents Death Valley Through Our Eyes from January 28, 2013 – February 21, 2013 in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Multipurpose Room.

January 24, 2013
Kathy Billings Named as New Superintendent for Death Valley NP
Kathy Billings has been selected as the new superintendent for Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada. Kathy is currently the Superintendent at Kaloko-Honokōhau and Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Parks in Hawai`i. She will begin her new position in mid March. She replaces former superintendent Sarah Craighead, who left in November to become superintendent at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

January 23, 2013
Employee Art Show at Furnace Creek Visitor Center
From January 28 through February 21, 2013, park visitors can see a photo exhibit at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. "Death Valley Through Our Eyes" is a collection of photographs taken by National Park Service employees and volunteers.

January 07, 2013
Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fees for MLK Day
The entrance fee to Death Valley National Park will be waived in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday on January 21, 2013.

November 05, 2012
Death Valley NP Celebrates ReOpening of
Hundreds of park visitors took part in events to celebrate the remodeling of the Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek Visitor Center on November 3-4, 2012. The historic Mission 66 Museum, with original exhibits dating back to the 1960s, was due for a facelift. New exhibits feature the dark night sky, mining history, geologic features, and artifacts of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, whose Tribal Homeland is within the park boundaries.

November 05, 2012
Death Valley National Park
The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park. All National Park units will waive entrance fees in honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday, November 10-12, 2012.

October 17, 2012
Grand Re-Opening of Historic Visitor Center Brings Celebrities to Park
November 3rd and 4th will be the days to commemorate a number of events in Death Valley National Park. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 1pm in the courtyard of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. The historic “Mission 66” style of architecture that dominated National Park Service facilities in the 1950s and 60s, including the Visitor Center and Museum, will show a refreshed interior with new interpretive exhibits. The building will be LEED certified with energy saving components built into the new design.

October 16, 2012
Scoping Notice
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input regarding a proposed Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Death Valley National Park.

August 22, 2012
Death Valley National Park Battles South Complex Wildfires
Death Valley, CA--On the evening of August 10th a weather event that included several dry lightning cells ignited several fires in the vicinity of Hunter Mountain in the Panamint Range of Death Valley National Park. These lightning strikes resulted in two wildland fires, the South Fire and the Pass Fire, These fires were managed as an incident called the South Complex. A total of 453 acres was burned (Pass Fire: 441 acres, South Fire 12 acres).

August 09, 2012
Death Valley National Park Releases Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has developed a Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan environmental assessment for Death Valley National Park and is soliciting public comments on the plan and environmental assessment until October 9, 2012.

July 27, 2012
Death Valley NP Wins Director's Wes Henry Award
Death Valley National Park is the recipient of the National Park Service’s Director’s Wes Henry National Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship for “significant and long-term contributions to wilderness, in the park, in the community, and in the nation” according to Peggy O’Dell, Deputy Director for the National Park Service (NPS).

June 11, 2012
Extension of Public Comment Period
The National Park Service (NPS) has extended the scoping period for public input to help inform the development of a management plan and environmental impact statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park (Park). Comments for this phase of the planning process will now be accepted until August 6, 2012.

May 29, 2012
Death Valley NP Announces Public Scoping Period for Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to help inform and shape the development of a management plan and environmental impact statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park (Park).

May 09, 2012
Death Valley National Park to Hold Annular Eclipse Viewing
The first annular eclipse seen in the United States in 18 years will be visible on May 20, 2012, and Death Valley NP Rangers will be offering prime time viewing from Dante’s Viewpoint. From 5:30-7:30 pm, rangers will assist park visitors in seeing the eclipse through telescopes and solar glasses from a premier vantage point within the park.

April 23, 2012
AmeriCorps NCCC Working in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, Calif. – An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team will serve in Death Valley National Park until April 27, 2012. This is the first time that an AmeriCorps NCCC team has been called to serve in Death Valley NP. Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states at 3.4 million acres. The park contains the lowest point in North America at -282 feet below sea level.

April 18, 2012
Navel Spring Water Collection System Upgrade
The National Park Service (NPS) at Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding a proposed project to upgrade the water collection system at Navel Spring, located east of the Zabriskie Point area in the park.

April 09, 2012
Public Invited to Celebrate Earth Day at Death Valley NP
On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Death Valley National Park will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of earth-friendly events and projects. Through partnerships with local companies and public agencies, Death Valley National Park will host the first annual Earth Day Fair at the newly remodeled Furnace Creek Visitor Center from 1:00-4:00pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about what Death Valley and its surrounding neighbors are doing to help the environment through activities, interpretive programs and displays sponsored by local companies and park partners. Highlights will include an appearance by Smokey Bear from the US Forest Service, and a film produced by the Death Valley Academy will debut.

April 06, 2012
Free Entrance to Death Valley NP to Celebrate National Park Week
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley NP every day between April 21-29, 2012 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks.

April 06, 2012
Earthquake Wave Felt at Devils Hole in Death Valley NP
On March 20, 2012, Devils Hole, part of Death Valley National Park located in the Amargosa Valley, NV, felt the shock waves of the earthquake that took place in Oaxaca, Mexico. National Park Service employees observed and filmed the impact on the water found in the subterranean cave, which supports the endangered Devils Hole pupfish. Although the quake hit at 11:02 PDT, the reaction was delayed about 10 minutes until the impact was recorded at the site. The 7.4 magnitude quake caused the water to rise and fall about an inch initially, then became more dramatic.

February 24, 2012
Death Valley National Park and NASA Host Mars and the Mojave Festival
Death Valley NP is a lot like Mars. That’s why scientists are partnering with the park to celebrate a three-day, free public festival titled Mars and the Mojave: Exploring extremes on Earth and beyond, scheduled for March 9-11, 2012

February 22, 2012
Death Valley NP to Host Star Party
Death Valley National Park will host a Star Party on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 as part of Death Valley National Park’s Dark Night Sky series. The event will run from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Harmony Borax Works, about a mile north of the Furnace Creek Ranch on Highway 190. Two night sky tours will be presented, one at 7:30pm and again at 8:30pm. Like all ranger programs, the event is free of charge to all park visitors.

February 14, 2012
Remodeled Visitor Center Opens at Death Valley NP
Death Valley National Park will open the doors to a remodeled Visitor Center on Thursday, February 16th, 2012. The original Visitor Center was built in 1960 as part of the Mission 66 project -- a 10 year effort to upgrade National Park Service facilities by the agency’s 50th anniversary in 1966. The Death Valley remodel, scheduled to take eighteen months, was actually completed months ahead of schedule.

January 30, 2012
Fee and Hours Change at Scotty’s Castle
Beginning February 1st, tour fees at Death Valley NP’s Scotty’s Castle will increase for most visitors, although the price will decrease for those holding the Interagency Senior Pass. In addition, beginning January 29th, the Castle will be open for extended hours: Visitor Center opens 8:45am - 5:30pm. House tours, first one at 9am, last one begins at 5pm. Grounds close at 6pm. This will be effective until April 21.

January 18, 2012
Microbial Magnetism: Researchers Discover a New Magnetic Bacterium
Nevada, the Silver State, is known for its mining industry. But University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) microbiologist Dennis Bazylinski and members of his lab search any body of water anywhere to find new forms of microbial magnetism. And in a basin named Badwater within Death Valley National Park, Bazylinski and his postdoctoral associate, Christopher Lefèvre, found what they were looking for.

January 09, 2012
Death Valley Waives Entrance Fee for MLK Weekend
The entrance fee to Death Valley National Park will be waived in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday January 14-16, 2012.

December 12, 2011
Furnace Creek Campground to Close February 1, 2012
The Furnace Creek Campground in Death Valley National Park will close February 1, 2012 for the replacement of the sewer and water lines. Frequent pipe breakages require that the work be started as soon as possible. The project is scheduled to take several months to complete, requiring the work to be completed before the extreme heat of the summer.

December 06, 2011
Christmas Bird Count Triple Play in Death Valley Region
Calling all birders! This year the annual Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) for Death Valley NP, Ash Meadows NWR, and the town of Shoshone will take place on three consecutive days in December. By coordinating the counts on consecutive days, people can participate in multiple counts and experience the diversity of habitats and birds in the Amargosa/Death Valley region. The public is invited to participate in any or all of these counts. All skill levels are welcome. For beginners, this is a great opportunity to learn about birds in the area, get identification tips and meet others interested in desert environments.

November 21, 2011
Death Valley Volunteers Win Regional Award
Two volunteers working in Death Valley NP have won the George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2011 in the Pacific West Region. The intent of the awards is to distinguish those individuals or groups who give of their skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.

October 31, 2011
Wildrose Road Repair
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment analyzing various proposals to rehabilitate 4.8 miles of the Emigrant Canyon Road, commonly referred to as Lower Wildrose Road, from milepost 20 to milepost 24.8 in Death Valley National Park (Park). This section of Lower Wildrose Road has deteriorated over the years due to flash flooding and presents a hazard to vehicular travel in the Park.

October 26, 2011
Park Partners Event Held in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park, the Death Valley Conservancy, and Death Valley Lodging Co. hosted a “Park Partners” evening at Stovepipe Wells Village in late October, 2011. About 35 people attended a dinner in the resort’s Tollhouse Cafe, after a reception in the adjacent Badwater Saloon.

August 16, 2011
Scotty's Castle Proposal for Fee Increase
Death Valley National Park is seeking input about a proposed fee change at Scotty’s Castle.

August 16, 2011
Scotty's Castle Waterline Replacement FONSI
A finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed by Christine S. Lehnertz, Regional Director for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, for the implementation of the Scotty's Castle Waterline Replacement for Death Valley National Park.

July 19, 2011
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed for the Devils Hole Long Term Ecosystem Monitoring Plan
A finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed by Christine S. Lehnertz, Regional Director for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service for the implementation of the Devils Hole Long Term Ecosystem Monitoring Plan (LTEMP) for Death Valley National Park.

July 15, 2011
Registration Open for the Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory
Registration is open for the Ninth Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, November 4-6, 2011 in Beatty, Nevada. This year’s topics include the legendary Lost Gunsight Mine, the experience of the Civilian Conservation Corps workers in Death Valley, a post-mortem of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, prostitution at Ash Meadows, and exciting research on the original ‘49er reunions.

June 23, 2011
Organ Concert at Scotty’s Castle Enchants Audiences
The Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) hosted three organ concerts, performed by organist James Welch, on June 17 and 18th at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park. The 3-manual, 15-rank Welte Organ, was originally intended for silent movies to be enjoyed by guests and residences of the Castle.

June 21, 2011
Scotty's Castle Waterline Replacement Request for Comments
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an environmental assessment addressing a proposal to replace approximately one mile of waterline that services the Scotty’s Castle Historic District in Death Valley National Park, California.

June 21, 2011
Saline Valley Borrow Pits
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an environmental assessment addressing a proposal to reactivate up to six borrow sites along the Saline Valley Road in Death Valley National Park, California.

June 21, 2011
Kick Off Summer with a Free Trip to Death Valley NP
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.

April 20, 2011
Los Angeles Students Explore Careers in Death Valley
For the second year in a row, high school students from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ “Clean and Green” program visited Death Valley National Park for a week of service, environmental education, and job shadowing with the National Park Service staff.

April 12, 2011
Reservations Available for all Scotty’s Castle Tours
Death Valley National Park visitors are now able to reserve tours at historic Scotty’s Castle in advance. Reservations can be made in two ways: by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.

April 07, 2011
Entrance Fees Waived for National Park Week
The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park free of charge in honor of National Park Week, April 16-24, 2011.

April 05, 2011
Death Valley National Park Releases Wilderness Alternative Concepts
No abstract supplied.

April 05, 2011
Death Valley National Park Receives Land Donation
U.S. Borax Inc. has donated 110 acres of land and associated mineral rights to Death Valley National Park. The land had associated mining claims since the late 19th century. U.S. Borax became part of Rio Tinto in 1976.

March 10, 2011
Public Invited to Devils Hole Hike and Junior Ranger Activities
Hikes will be held on Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 12 noon. The program will focus on the desert pupfish and natural history of Ash Meadows and Devils Hole.

March 07, 2011
Death Valley Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Art Show and Brunch
The Death Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Art Show and Brunch is happening again at Furnace Creek Ranch and Inn, March 12 & 13, 2011.

February 25, 2011
Death Valley Hosts March Star Party
No abstract supplied.

January 13, 2011
Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fee on MLK Weekend
The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park free of charge in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday January 15-17, 2011.

January 04, 2011
Death Valley Hosts Star Party
No abstract supplied.

Did You Know?

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest place in North America and one of the lowest places in the world at 282 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea, between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest at 1371 feet below sea level.