Death Valley National Park Travel Guide
Death Valley National Park is truly iconic. The hottest place on earth, the lowest point in North America … The superlatives go on. It is also surprisingly beautiful and diverse.
There are towering white sand dunes, expansive salt flats and ridged badlands. You can visit ruins of old mines and a historic hacienda in the middle of the desert. There are rocks painted with multi-colored ores, marbled slot canyons and golden arches. You can clamber though narrow canyons, climb to see panoramic views or see deep volcanic craters. There are so many micro desert environments all in one compact place.
One thing – it does get very HOT in summer!
Death Valley National Park at a glance
- State: California
- Main attractions: Badlands, salt flats, colored rocks, sand dunes, slot canyons, historic mines and buildings, volcanic craters
- Best time to go: Winter
- Accommodations: Inside the park. The main center is Furnace Creek
- Campgrounds: Inside park
- Dining: Furnace Creek
- Shuttle: No
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James Ian has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents. He has visited all of the main national parks in the United States, as well as many national monuments and state parks.
He has rafted through the Grand Canyon; rappelled down slot canyons near Zion and Arches; hiked among the hoodoos in Bryce and the enormous trees in Sequoia; admired the waterfalls in Yosemite and the colored hot springs in Yellowstone; seen moose in Grand Tetons and seals in the Channel Islands, and much more.