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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Threats

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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jack

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

Trish

December 6, 2013

Went there quite by accident but just loved the park.

bluebarry234

October 20, 2013

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

kim

June 27, 2013

its so in tresting and cool.

Bobby

April 18, 2013

Cool and breath-taking place 10/10

Hunter

December 5, 2012

What is the average amount of rain it gets a year

Angel

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.

Richard

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.

Woodstock

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.

TGN

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.

kp

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

Kat

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.

Scottkdc

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.

Rick

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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