Traveling by Car
Most visitors to Death Valley National Park explore the park by private vehicle or as part of a permitted tour group. There is no public transportation to or within the park. The main east-west road through the park is CA Highway 190. The main north-south roads in the park are North Highway and Badwater Road (CA 178)
Dirt Road Entrances
Many dirt roads enter the park. Popular entrances include: Wildrose Canyon Road, Harry Wade Road, Titus Canyon Road, Death Valley/Big Pine Road, and Saline Valley Road. See the Death Valley Backcountry and Wilderness Access Map for a list of roads and general road conditions.
There are two gas stations in the park, one at Furnace Creek and one at Stovepipe Wells. Electric Vehicles note there are limited chargers available in the park, 4 at The Inn at Death Valley and 4 at The Ranch at Death Valley. These chargers are best for overnight use, below are the power specifications.
Using GPS Navigation
DO NOT DEPEND ONLY ON YOUR VEHICLE GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM.
Map coordinates for Furnace Creek Visitor Center are: N 36°27.70, W 116°52.00
Many of Death Valley's roads were built in the 1930s. They are narrow and serpentine and cannot be driven at high speed. The most dangerous thing in Death Valley is not the heat - it is the single car rollover.
Cell phones do not work in most areas of Death Valley National Park and wifi is only available for purchase at the Furnace Creek Ranch (Hotel).
Travel on the park's hundreds of miles of backcountry roads requires the correct type of vehicle for the road conditions, tools and replacement parts for your vehicle, and experience driving on rough dirt, gravel and 4-wheel drive roads. Backcountry travel in the summer months (April through mid-October), can be dangerous and requires additional water and supplies and knowledge of how to survive if your vehicle becomes disabled in desert summer conditions!
Last updated: April 13, 2023