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 survives 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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Current Conditions

Road and weather conditions, closures, and important notices.

Plan a Summer Visit

Plan a Summer Visit

Tips to plan a safe and enjoyable visit to Death Valley in the summer months.

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Night Sky Viewing

Half the park is after dark! Learn about Death Valley's night sky viewing opportunities.

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Summer Visitor Guide

Read and print out this guide to your Death Valley adventure!

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Scotty's Castle Updates & more videos!

Watch the latest episodes of the Scotty's Castle Update series and other great Death Valley videos.

News and Press Releases


For the the latest park news and for archived news of important stories from the last few months.

Last updated: September 8, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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