Death Valley National Park

Overview

Don't let the name scare you off, Death Valley is a place of life thriving in fascinating extremes. The highest temperature ever recorded on earth was a record 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913 at the park's Weather Bureau observation station, and Badwater Basin on Death Valley's floor is 282 feet below sea level, making it the second-lowest point in the entire Western Hemisphere. Despite such dangers, it's the largest national park in the Lower 48, and an International Biosphere Reserve, because bighorn sheep, coyote, creosote bushes, and the beautifully bizarre Death Valley Pupfish have all adapted to the area's intense environmental forces.

Information

With the darkest night skies in the entire United States, the park is an incredible place for stargazing; bring your telescope and your best camera lenses. Nine designated campgrounds are located throughout the park; backcountry overnighting permits can be purchased at the visitor center. Scenic drives/rides can be enjoyed via car, four-wheel-drive, motorcycle, bicycle, and on foot.

Price range

Entrance fee for vehicles is $20 for seven days. Entrance fee for individuals is $10 for seven days. Annual Passes are $40 for one year. Commercial Entrance fees range from $25 to $200, depending on vehicle capacity.

Best time to visit

Since Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America, temperatures can soar as high as 130-degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Many visitors seek out these extremes, but serious preparation is vital. Winter and early spring generally feature a more temperate, less dangerous climate.

Near by POI

A few motels are close to the park's various entrances, located in Beatty, Nevada; Shoshone; Death Valley Junction; and Panamint Springs. The only park-authorized concession businesses are located in Stovepipe Wells Village.

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