A world of extremes, Death Valley is the nation's driest, hottest and lowest place, but also features mountains over 11,000 feet high that experience below-zero weather and snow, as well as colorful badlands, sand dunes and canyons. Its dramatic mountains, valleys and dunes are world renowned for their complex and diverse geology. The park also contains a wealth of well-preserved archaeological sites and petroglyphs.
Badwater Basin is a truly superlative location. At 282 feet below sea level, it is both the lowest and driest point in North America, and its record-setting temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit makes it the hottest place on Earth. The massive salt flat covers nearly 200 square miles of Death Valley National Park, and lies more than two miles below the 11,331-foot Telescope Peak that looms above it.
Just takes your breath away! Day one - Flowers everywhere you look! Day two - 200 plus feet BELOW sea level! Day three - Unbelievable views of the salt crusted valley below from Dante's peak. Day four - Ubehebe Crater to Mesquite Flat Dunes to smooth cool rock walls in…
More about Death Valley
Read more about 2019 Climate Ride Events
NPCA@100 2019 Climate Ride Events Join the movement and bike, hike or run for our national parks at one of this year's Climate Ride events.
Read more about 10 (Truly) Hidden National Park Gems
Blog Post 10 (Truly) Hidden National Park Gems Many of the national parks’ wonders are out in plain sight, but some are nearly impossible to see. Here are 10 of those frustratingly out-of-reach attractions as well as easier-to-get-to alternatives.
Read more about Death Valley Angst
Magazine Article Death Valley Angst On a desert hike, a father and his teenage daughter contemplate canyons, cliffs and the heartache that comes with growing up.
Read more about Celebrate Dark Skies at These 18 National Parks
Blog Post Celebrate Dark Skies at These 18 National Parks Lay out a blanket after the sun goes down and see a clearer view of the universe at these designated dark-sky parks.
Read more about Some Like It Very Hot
Magazine Article Some Like It Very Hot A growing number of extreme tourists are heading to Death Valley to experience one of the hottest places on Earth at the hottest time of year.
Read more about Testimony: H.R. 857, California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act
Policy Update Testimony: H.R. 857, California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act Written testimony by David Lamfrom, Director of California Desert and Wildlife Programs, for the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Read more about Staff Picks: 11 Spectacular Roads for Riding Your Bike
Blog Post Staff Picks: 11 Spectacular Roads for Riding Your Bike From leisurely rides to challenging climbs, national parks offer riding opportunities for cyclists of all abilities. Check out top recommendations and advice from NPCA enthusiasts on where to go and what to see.
Read more about Get Your Binoculars: The 25 Best National Parks for Birding
Blog Post Get Your Binoculars: The 25 Best National Parks for Birding Find out which national park sites have the most bird species, with a highlight of what you might see at each place.
Read more about Need an Escape? 10 Cozy Places to Stay in National Parks
Blog Post Need an Escape? 10 Cozy Places to Stay in National Parks Craving solitude or looking to plan a romantic retreat? A private room in the heart of one of the country's most spectacular landscapes could be the answer. Check our staff picks for cozy lodgings in breathtaking national parks.
Read more about The Burro Quandary
Magazine Article The Burro Quandary Wild donkeys are cute but destructive, and park officials don’t know what to do with them.
Read more about Photographing the World's Rarest Fish
Blog Post Photographing the World's Rarest Fish One researcher gives us a glimpse behind his underwater camera
Read more about What Moves Us
Video What Moves Us Why are we drawn to our national parks? What inspires us to explore them—and to return to our favorites again and again? This video reminds us all why we yearn for the paths through our most cherished places... and can't help but to put one foot in front of the other.
Read more about Joshua Tree and Death Valley
Land Based Joshua Tree and Death Valley Explore the startling, sublime, surreal, and exquisite landscapes of Joshua Tree and Death Valley as you head deep into the heart of these two parks.
Read more about Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
Letter Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
Read more about Protecting and Connecting Our Nation's Treasured Park Landscapes
Fact Sheet Protecting and Connecting Our Nation's Treasured Park Landscapes National parks are key to protecting and connecting our most revered places.
Read more about Solar Energy, National Parks, and Landscape Protection in the Desert Southwest
Report Solar Energy, National Parks, and Landscape Protection in the Desert Southwest Solar energy is one of our country’s most promising industries for reducing America’s current reliance on coal-fired power plants that contribute to unhealthy air quality in communities across the country, as well as our national parks.
Read more about Center for State of the Parks: California Desert
Report Center for State of the Parks: California Desert This report outlines the results of a rigorous examination of natural and cultural resources in Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Mojave National Preserve.