Places To Go

Must See Highlights

Accessible by car or short stroll. No hiking required.

This list of highlights can be done in one day and is listed in order with your trip starting from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. For visitors arriving from Las Vegas, instead begin your trip at Dante's View while moving on in order to the next stop. For visitors arriving from Beatty, NV, Lone Pine, CA or Ridgecrest CA, begin your trip at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

 
A sunlit walkway made of red concrete leads to Furnace Creek Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service
Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Bob Greenburg

Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Stop by the visitor center in Furnace Creek to learn about the park. See the 20 minute long film (8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily), explore the museum exhibits, and ask about seasonal ranger programs. ADA Accessible.

Location: CA - 190 in Furnace Creek, CA. Large parking lot can accommodate buses and RV's. Bus unloading zone is located just past main breezeway near picnic tables.

 
Whitish-brown salt pinnacles covered jagged spires of fresh white salt crystals dominate the valley floor beneath a gray cloudy sky.
Devil's Golf Course

NPS - Dan Kish

Devil's Golf Course

An immense area of rock salt eroded by wind and rain into jagged spires. So incredibly serrated that "only the devil could play golf on such rough links". Listen carefully and you'll hear sounds like tiny pops and pings. Bend your ear to the ground and the sound grows louder. The sound is literally billions of tiny salt crystals bursting apart as they expand and contract in the heat.

Location: Badwater Road - 20 minutes (13mi / 21km) south of Furnace Creek. The unpaved access road is typically passable to sedans and mid sized RV's. Buses and large RV's over 30 ft not recommended.

 
A man and woman walk out onto the white salt flats toward towering mountains in the distance.
Badwater Basin

NPS - Kurt Moses

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is a surreal landscsape of vast salt flats. The basin sits 282 feet (86 m) below sea level where a temporary lake may form after heavy rainstorms. Avoid walking out on the flats during hot weather. The boardwalk is ADA accessible.

Location: Badwater Road - 30 minutes (18mi / 29 km) south of Furnace Creek. Primitive restroom at parking lot. Large parking area can accommodate buses and large RV's.

 
Cars venture downhill along a paved road between the colorful hills of Artist's Drive.
Artist's Drive

Alan Van Valkenburg

Artist's Drive

Will be closed from January 2, 2017 through March 16, 2017 for construction. A scenic loop drive through multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary hills. Artist's Palette is especially photogenic in late afternoon light. The 9 mi (14 km) road is one-way and is only drivable with vehicles less than 25 feet in total length.

Location: Badwater Road - 15 minutes (9.5mi / 15km) south of Furnace Creek. Primitive restroom located at Artist's Palette parking area.

 
Golden colored badlands overlook white salt flats under a pink clouded sky.
Zabriskie Point

Mark Comon

Zabriskie Point

The most famous viewpoint in the park. Overlooking the golden colored badlands of the Furnace Creek formation, visitors can simply enjoy the view or elect to start the hike from the point around Badlands Loop. Connector trails lead to Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, and Red Cathedral. The point is most popular at sunrise and sunset. ADA accessible.

Location: CA-190 - 10 minutes (5mi / 8km) east of Furnace Creek. Paved road with parking large enough for buses and RV's. Primitive restroom avaiable at parking lot.

 
A dirt road winds through golden colored badlands.
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

Chuck Gallegos

Twenty Mule Team Canyon

Winding through otherwordly badlands, this 2.7 mi (4.3 km) one-way loop drive is unpaved but typically passable to a sedan depending on recent precipitation. Not recommended for vehicles over 25 ft in length. Great for bike rides or for hiking with dogs.

Location: 15 minutes east (5.5 mi / 8.8 km) of Furnace Creek off of CA190.

 
Overlooking the cliff from five thousand feet above the valley, salt flats dominate basin below a lightly clouded blue sky.
Dante's View

NPS - Dan Kish

Dante's View

At 5,475 ft (1,669 m), the most breathtaking viewpoint in the park. Facing west, the view of the Panamint Mountains towering over the lowest point (-282ft / 86m) in North America (Badwater Basin) offers one of the best sunrises in the park. The barely visible mountains on the far western horizon are the Sierra Nevadas, home to the highest point (14,505ft / 4,421m) in North America - Mount Whitney, however the peak itself isn't quite visible.

Location: 40 minutes (25mi / 40km) from Furnace Creek. From Furnace Creek, take CA-190 east to Furnace Creek Wash Rd, then turn right and follow the paved route up to the viewpoint. 25 ft length limit. No restroom at the viewpoint but a primitive restroom is along the road 1/4 mile below the view.

 
Mining ruins  of an adobe wall and a wagon wheel underneath a starlit sky
Harmony Borax Works

NPS - Kurt Moses

Harmony Borax Works

Harmony Borax Works was the central feature in the opening of Death Valley and the subsequent popularity of the Furnace Creek area. The 1/4 mi (0.4 km) paved walking path leads you back in time as you explore the ruins of the plant and associated townsite, and how they played an important role in Death Valley history. ADA accessible.

Location: A few minutes west of Furnace Creek (2 mi / 3.2 km) on CA-190. Large parking area can accommodate buses and large RV's.

 
Sand dunes cover the valley while the sun illuminates only half of their rippled beauty as shadows accentuate in sharp contrast.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Mark Comon

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

The largest dune field in the park. This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife.

Location: CA-190 - 30 minutes (19mi / 31km) west of Furnace Creek. Paved road with parking large enough for buses and RV's. Primitive restrooms available in parking lot.

 

Other Things to See

Staying longer than a day? Death Valley National Park has 3.4 million acres (over 5,300 square miles / 8,500 kilometers) of desert and mountains, making it the largest national park in the contiguous United States. The possibilities for discovery are endless!

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