February 5, 2022

Death Valley National Park Guide

By An Trieu

Hottest, Driest and Lowest National Park

Death Valley National Park, California, is the land of extremes. Best time to visit is during cooler months.

Heat Danger

Carry and drink water - 1 gallon/person/day. Wear sun protection and good shoes. Dehydration occurs quickly here!

Driving Off Road Is Illegal!

It damages wildlife, wildflowers, and desert landscape. It is illegal to drive off-road as the fee can go up to $750 and/or 6 months of jail time.

Lodging & Food  in the Park

1. Stovepipe Wells Village 2. The Ranch at Death Valley 3. The Inn & The Ranch at the Oasis at Death Valley, Furnace Creek 4. Panamint Springs Resort

1. Zabriskie Point

Golden badlands, best at sunrise. Enjoy from the viewpoint just steps away from the parking lot.

2. Artist Drive

Scenic loop 9-mile drive one-way through multi-colored hills. Pull out at Artists Palette and go on a short hike.

3. Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America at 282 ft/85.5 m below sea level. ADA accessible.

A 30-min walk would take you to these cool hexagonal salt flat. Bring water and wear sun protection.

4. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Vast dunes that are best visited early in the morning, before the sunset, and full moon light. Smooth tall dunes require hiking further in, so plan accordingly.

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