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.

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Damage from floods leads to park closure

Tropical Storm Hilary brought record rainfall, causing extensive damage. See photos and updates as we work to repair and reopen the park.

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Park Roads & Current Conditions

Current information about roads and other current conditions, delays, and closures in the park.

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Stay up to date with news from Death Valley National Park!

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Inventory & Monitoring

Death Valley is a diverse landscape; read about what rangers study which helps us learn about the ecosystem!

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Learn more through the NPS App

Enhance your Death Valley experience through the NPS App! Explore the app while the park is closed so you are ready when you do visit us!

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Women of Change

Histories of several determined and inspiring women who long ago lived in the Death Valley area and influenced the future national park.

Last updated: September 16, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


760 786-3200

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