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.
Hottest, Driest, and Lowest National Park
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.
Summer Visitor Guide
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Scotty's Castle Updates & more videos!
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Last updated: September 8, 2018