Hottest, Driest and Lowest National Park

In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life thrives in Death Valley.

Death Valley is a large and complex park. To get the most out of your visit, you must plan well.

Plan Your Visit

Start planning now for your visit to Death Valley. Find out where you can stay, where you can visit, and what you can do.

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Dark Sky Festival 2023

Follow along on our countdown to the Dark Sky Festival February 10th - 12th.

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Superintendent's Welcome

A welcome and invitation to explore the wonders of Death Valley from park Superintendent Mike Reynolds.

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Junior Ranger

The junior ranger program is a great way to learn about the park and earn a badge!

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Explore the NPS App

Plan your visit to Death Valley through the new NPS App! Don't forget to save the park for offline use before you arrive.

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Death Valley has a variety of campgrounds from primitive to full hook-up.

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Pet Regulations

Pets are only allowed on roadways. Learn about pet regulations and options for your visit.

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Visitor guide (park newspaper)

All you need to plan your visit to Death Valley. Download it, save it to your device or print it out before your visit.

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Current Conditions

Road and weather conditions, closures, and important notices.

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Park Bookstore

Park bookstores are run by Death Valley Natural History Association, an official non-profit partner.

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Stay on Roads with your Vehicle

Illegal driving off designated roads negatively impacts the landscape, ecosystem, view, and more. Restoration of tire tracks is tricky.

Last updated: January 10, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley , CA 92328


760 786-3200

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