Death ValleyUnited States of America

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Visit Death Valley

Discover the geological wonders of North America’s hottest and lowest national park, packed with raw, wild and untouched landscapes ripe for exploring.

In Death Valley National Park the temperatures can soar to a blistering 120 F (49 C) and the lowest point is marked at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level. With about 3.4 million acres (14,000 square kilometers) of wilderness, this is the largest American national park outside Alaska. Venture into the park’s interior to experience some of the most mesmerizing landscapes on the planet. Drive, hike or cycle past rolling sand dunes, jagged canyons, rocky deserts, delicate oases and fields of wildflowers.

Begin at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to learn about the park, explore the small museum and plan your adventures. Drive to Devil’s Golf Course, a wide expanse of rock salt carved by wind into sharp spires, before continuing on to Badwater Basin, a bizarre terrain of salt flats marking the park’s lowest point. Continue your tour along the scenic Artists Drive, a 9-mile (14-kilometer) loop weaving through pink and gold hills.

Stop at Death Valley’s most famous viewpoint, Zabriskie Point. Be amazed by the surreal landscape stretching before you. Arrive at dawn or sunset to witness a fantasy-like swirl of colors and shadows. Zabriskie Point is also the starting point for the Badlands Loop, a popular hiking trail. Stop at Dante’s View, 5,475 feet (1,669 meters) high, which offers panoramic vistas across the Badwater Basin.

Experience the human side of Death Valley at the Harmony Borax Works, a long-abandoned town that once hosted a flourishing borax mining community. Learn more about the park’s original inhabitants and the Timbisha Shoshone American Indian tribe members who still inhabit the region.

Visiting Death Valley needs pre-planning. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the best starting point. There is a weekly fee to enter the park. The fantastical land that is Death Valley National Park receives some of the sun’s most blistering rays. Carry plenty of water and sunscreen when exploring.

Top Hotels in Death Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
$239
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in a national park, this family-friendly resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Death Valley National Park and 4.6 mi (7.3 km) from Zabriskie Point.

3.6/5Good! (3,119 reviews)

"We got there when it was dark, and it was really hard to find where we are staying. It will be really nice if it was shown on google maps. They gave me a paper map to find where we are staying, and it was just much more confusing sicne it did not match with google maps."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
4 out of 5
Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
$459
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Death Valley National Park and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Golden ...

4.3/5Excellent! (417 reviews)

"It's a perfect location to access all death valley spots."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
Amargosa Opera House
Amargosa Opera House
2.5 out of 5
HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley, CA
$103
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated in Death Valley, this motel is 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from Death Valley National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of Ash Meadows Visitor Center and Furnace Creek ...

3.5/5Good! (430 reviews)

"I just love it here. There’s something about this old place, good vibes."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

Amargosa Opera House

Popular things to do in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park

4.5/5(536 reviews)

See an American desert in this expansive, sweltering U.S. national park. Find birds, wildflowers and snow-capped mountains here as well.

Furnace Creek Visitor Center
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Furnace Creek Visitor Center

4.5/5(185 reviews)

Find out what Death Valley National Park has waiting for you and join ranger-led tours and programs at this fantastic facility in Furnace Creek’s resort area.

Badwater
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Badwater

4.5/5(212 reviews)

Stand on the lowest elevation in North America when you visit this spectacular salt flat beside the Black Mountains in the heart of Death Valley.

Zabriskie Point
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Zabriskie Point

4.5/5(213 reviews)

An awe-inspiring panorama of the foothills and gullies of the Black Mountains unfolds from this elevated viewpoint, where you’ll find a series of hiking trails.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

4.5/5(125 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes during your travels in Death Valley. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Charcoal Kilns
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Charcoal Kilns

4/5(21 reviews)

Learn the story behind these beehive-shaped stonemasonry structures, which have been beautifully preserved in the Wildrose Canyon since the 1870s.

Top activities in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park Hummer Tour
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Death Valley National Park Hummer Tour

$277

Get ready for a full day of fun and adventure on this tour to see one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Travel from your Las Vegas hotel in a luxury Hummer H2 vehicle for an up-close look at the vast, harsh desert of Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley VIP Tour
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Death Valley VIP Tour

$249

Join a full-day exploration of Death Valley, and journey through North America’s lowest elevation point and driest climate, which sees the country's hottest temperatures in the summer months.

Death Valley Tour with Lunch
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Death Valley Tour with Lunch

$249

Trek through one of the hottest places on Earth during this guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Stand at the lowest point in North America at the Badwater Basin, revel in epic views of massive mountains and expansive salt flats, and learn about the multifaceted history of this unique area.

Death Valley Day Tour/ Watch the night sky full of stars
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Death Valley Day Tour/ Watch the night sky full of stars

$199

Death Valley Day Tour/ Watch the night sky full of stars & the Milky Way This place where I have experienced the most stars and galaxies in my life. We leave Las Vegas around 10am ~ 1pm.

Death Valley Stargazing, Winery Tour, and Scenic Viewpoints
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Death Valley Stargazing, Winery Tour, and Scenic Viewpoints

$269

Truly a lifetime experience. The Death Valley will always take your breath away! Home of the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth, the park occupies 3.4 Million acres of pure dramatic views that makes you feel as if you’re in another planet.

ATV/Dune Buggy Tour - Amargosa Dune
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ATV/Dune Buggy Tour - Amargosa Dune

$333

Discover some of America's tallest sand dunes in the Amargosa Desert as you romp over drifts that are up to 500 feet (152 m) tall. This thrilling off-road adventure is full of dune jumping and roller-coaster-like sand dunes spanning 5 square miles (8 sq km).

Reviews of Death Valley

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Loved Death Valley

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

A breath taking vista of landscapes. So worth the trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

Badwater Basin salt flats were an unique experience!

5/5 - Excellent

Debra

Dec 22, 2019

What an unexpected surprise! Great trip, just be sure to find a place to stay prior to arrival, and take lots of water. Very stark to look at, but upon closer inspection, has so much detail. Could have spent days here.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 13, 2019

One of the Best Places I have ever been. Don't miss Artist Drive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

This is our third trip to Death Valley so we have been to most of the sites mentioned in this review. We enjoyed the west side road. Couldn't get to Leadville (snow). We enjoyed mustard canyon. The Inn is overpriced.