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Death Valley, CA
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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.

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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
The price is $125 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
Located in a national park, this family-friendly resort is 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from Zabriskie Point and 17.6 mi (28.3 km) from Death Valley National Park.
3.6/5Good! (2,004 reviews)
"Like the location. The general store was great. Need simpler menu for picky eaters. Some basics."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

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
Free Cancellation
The price is $377 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Golden Canyon, and Golden Canyon Trailhead. Harmony Borax ...
4.3/5Excellent! (534 reviews)
"Stylish and yet modern. A real life oasis In a natural wonder. My fifth trip to the park and I will certainly be back."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

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
The price is $131 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in Death Valley, this motel is 12.6 mi (20.2 km) from Death Valley National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of Ash Meadows Visitor Center and Furnace ...
3.5/5Good! (494 reviews)
"So fun to stay in such a historic place!!! So close to Death Valley and the price can’t be beat!!!"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Amargosa Opera House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Front Sight Training Students - Customers
Front Sight Training Students - Customers
Pahrump, NV
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Lakeside Casino and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Lake View Executive Golf Course. Sanders ...
5/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Cute cabin
"Very comfortable and clean. Easy to find and close to Front Sight. Loved the decor inside the cabin."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Front Sight Training Students - Customers
The Happy Camper With Mountain Views Amble Parking for 1 Simi Tractor Trailer
The Happy Camper With Mountain Views Amble Parking for 1 Simi Tractor Trailer
Pahrump, NV
The price is $75 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in the heart of Pahrump, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stage Stop Casino, Desert View Hospital, and Pahrump Valley Speedway. Pahrump Valley ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"Joanne was very pleasant and communicative regarding the transition very open to assisting as much as possible very refreshing and enjoyable"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

The Happy Camper With Mountain Views Amble Parking for 1 Simi Tractor Trailer
Charming guesthouse close to Front Sight and Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
Charming guesthouse close to Front Sight and Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
Pahrump, NV
The price is $65 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Pahrump, this golf vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lakeside Casino and Sanders ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"Convenient. Nice neighborhood. Friendly responsive owners. Clean. Reasonably priced."

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Charming guesthouse close to Front Sight and Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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