Nature & Science

Panamints-from-Badwater
The snow-capped Panamint Mountains rise more than 11,000 feet above the nation's lowest elevation, -282 feet Badwater Basin.
 

Death Valley: The name is forbidding and gloomy. Yet here you can find colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, beautiful sand dunes, rugged canyons, the driest and lowest spot in North America, and the hottest in the world.

 
A desert bighorn sheep ram faces the camera from a hillside

Animals

Death Valley has nearly 400 species of native wildlife!

Death Valley has over 1,000 plant species.

Plants

Death Valley has more than 1,000 described plant species ranging from ancient bristlecone pines to ephemeral spring wildflowers.

Burros in Death Valley.

Environmental Factors

Climate change, invasive species, light and air pollution, and mining all effect Death Valley.

Geology and more!

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Geology, geography, faults, springs and water features, the Racetrack, Devil's Hole and more!

Yellow flowers in bloom with a brown canyon background

Death Valley as a Bioshpere Reserve

Much more than its name, Death Valley is an active world of contrasts and extremes.

Death Valley is a place of discovery.

Research Permits

To apply for a scientific research and collecting permit, visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Phone:

(760) 786-3200

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