Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is world renowned for its extremes, home to our nation's driest, hottest, and lowest place, but also sporting mountains over 11,000 feet high that experience below-zero weather and snow. To survive in these adverse conditions, the park's plants and wildlife have developed an amazing series of evolutionary adaptations, giving rise to a surprising diversity of life. Over 600 plants species have been found in Death Valley, with at least 55 endemic to the park and its vicinity. In addition, 17 species of mammals, fish, and snails that live in Death Valley occur nowhere else in the world. Also found in this park are desert tortoise, coyote, kit fox, ringtail cat, bighorn sheep, and a diversity of lizards, snakes, bats, squirrels, and birds, including red-tailed hawk and roadrunner.

Within Death Valley's 3.4 million acres lay one of the largest expanses of protected warm desert in the world. Its dramatic mountains, valleys, fans, and dunes are world renowned for their exposed, complex, diverse, and unique geology and geomorphology. This desert has been the continuous home of Native Americans from prehistoric time to the present. As such, the park contains an unusually high number of well-preserved archaeological sites, including rock art and alignments. Lastly, since 95% of park is designated wilderness, yet accessible by an extensive road network, it provides unique opportunities for solitude and primitive backcountry adventure.

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Trivia Challenge: The National Park That Graced 10 Million Albums

The view depicted in a famous Grammy-winning album in 1987. Photo © Todd Christopher/NPCA.Q: Popular culture often portrays national parks in striking and unusual ways. One Grammy Award-winning album of the year even featured a national park prominently on its cover. Can you name this album? Hint: This record took over the airwaves in 1987 and launched four European rockers to super-stardom.   A: Producing two number one singles […]

10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing

The night sky over Death Valley National Park.As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country. If you have trouble seeing the stars from where you live, you’re not alone. Urban areas have become so bright that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population can no longer see […]

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of “Death Valley Dreamlapse”

A still from Gavin Heffernan's DreamLapse.Last week, staff at NPCA escaped for a few minutes into the desert—virtually, at least—as we marveled at the latest video by Sunchaser Pictures, “Death Valley Dreamlapse” (below). Little did we know that the film crew captured these solitary dunes and spinning, swirling stars by traveling to a remote valley of the national park in […]


While this region won important protections in 1994 with the passage of the California Desert Protection Act, the desert parks are increasingly endangered by the sprawling growth of southern California and Nevada, environmentally-threatening policies, and lack of funding for the parks' protection and management.

NPCA's California Desert Field Office seeks to inform the public about issues concerning California's desert parks, involve the public in solution to these issues, and encourage enjoyment and protection of park lands.







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January 2, 2015

Actually, it is in both Nevada and California according to the NPS website:


December 30, 2014

Death Valley is entirely in California. None of it is in Nevada.


October 25, 2014

what state is Death Valley in? Is it California or Nevada? Thank you


June 18, 2014

I'm doing this park for my project!! it is very interesting!


June 13, 2014

This is gonna be the park that im doing or my project!

nana banana

May 3, 2014

two weeks ago i went and camped in Death Valley with my geology class. it was amazing. i loved the valley so much and the sites were breath taking. i want to go back with my family in the fall! the pupfish were out this spring in salt creek and the there were beautiful wild flowers everywhere. my favorite locations were devil's gold course, salt creek, and natural bridge canyon. peaceful nights camping and the stars at night are astonishing. there is nothing like death valley, by far the best national park.


March 6, 2014

i like it is a cool park and i want to know more.

care bear

January 9, 2014

im researching death valley and it look so cool and this site has every thing i need for my project its awesome

care bear

January 6, 2014

this site is awesome


December 6, 2013

Went there quite by accident but just loved the park.


October 20, 2013

im doin a project on it and now i want to go so bad


June 27, 2013

its so in tresting and cool.


April 18, 2013

Cool and breath-taking place 10/10


December 5, 2012

What is the average amount of rain it gets a year


November 15, 2012

I went last year with my science class. went camping and everything! it was amazing! I had a lot of fun. my favorites were the sand dunes, Salt Creek and The Devils Golf Course.


July 2, 2012

I've been camping in the valley most of my life. My favorite places are the sand dunes, Mustard Canyon (during a full moon) and Salt Creek.


May 16, 2012

I'm a reasonably capable bicycle rider, who nearly died there in 2008. Respect the place.The wild solitude and broad vistas are absolutely enchanting. We stayed at Panamint Springs Resort, just outside the park. I want to go back, just not so sure about the bike this time.


March 31, 2012

I am doing a state project on California. This website really helped me! I learned so much! Now i want to go to Death Valley.


November 28, 2011

While in vegas for vacation, we went over to the grand canyon one day, then death valley the next. By far, Death Valley is the most amazing place I have ever been. Totally breathtaking. I have never felt so small. A must for anyone even close


November 10, 2011

Don't let the name scare you...this place is full of wildlife and some of the most beautiful views. If you love geology this place is heaven. I usually go during November and March and the temperature is wonderful.


November 10, 2011

Death Valley is so big, it really takes 2-3 visits to capture it all. Some of my favs were Zabriskie Point (and nearby 20-Mule Drive), Mosaic Canyon, and Golden Canyon. Artist's Drive didn't do much for me. Hotels are booked early, so plan ahead or bring camping gear.


November 10, 2011

It's a great place, went there last year with my student organization and everybody was simply overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the silence.

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