Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth. In the summer months (May-September) temperatures average over 100°F (38°C), and often exceed 120°F (49°C).
Many visitors come here in the summer specifically to experience the extreme heat. The main points of interest remain open, but it is highly recommended to stay on paved roads and close to your vehicle. Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable summer visit:
Travel Prepared to Survive: Stay on paved roads in summer. If your car breaks down, stay with it until help comes. Carry extra drinking water in your car in case of emergency. Ensure you have proper equipment for changing tires, as tow companies can be hours away. Have an emergency plan, including sharing your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member not on your trip.
Watch for Signs of Trouble: If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or get a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink water or a sports drink. Dampen clothing to lower body temperature. Be alert for symptoms in others. Heat illness can be severe and sometimes deadly.
Suggested Spots to Visit
Hiking in the Summer
Last updated: June 4, 2023