Plan Your Visit
Ronald R Gaddis
Death Valley National Park is open year round. Modern well-maintained and air-conditioned vehicles usually have little trouble with desert travel, but summer trips do require extra planning and extra care. Temperatures begin to moderate, dropping below the 100 degree mark, in mid October and the peak visitor season runs through the cool winter and spring months into the middle of April when temperatures again climb above 100.
Visitor centers, contact stations, museums and wayside exhibits provide information on park resources and scenic highlights. The Death Valley Natural History Association sales outlets, located in the visitor centers and contact stations, have a full compliment of informational materials about the park.
Ranger guided programs are conducted from the Fall through early Spring while temperatures are moderate and visitation and campground use is high.
There are nine campgrounds with varying facilities and seasons. The low elevation campgrounds, with the exception of the Furnace Creek Campground, close during the long summer months because of the extreme heat. Several higher elevation campgrounds and camping areas in the mountains remain open year round.
The Death Valley Visitor Guide is a good source of of information in one location. It includes pages on Desert Survival, What To See, Walks & Hikes, Park Map, Park News, Natural Resources, Scotty's Castle, Planning Your Trip, and Visitor Services.