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63 mi 102 km of trail 14 Runs

Gems 7 Gems Easy Trails 17 Trails Intermediate Trails 15 Trails Hard Trails 3 Trails

A land of extremes, Death Valley National Park is home to a great diversity of life and scenery. Although this park is known for the steady drought and record summer heat in its below-sea-level basin, visitors can also find towering peaks covered in winter snow, lush oases that are a refuge for local wildlife and tiny fish, and vast fields of wildflowers that bloom after a rare rainstorm. Despite its gloomy and foreboding name, the park is home to colorful badlands, rugged canyons, beautiful sand dunes, the driest and lowest spot in North America, and the hottest spot in the world, making it a unique and interesting park for visitors year round.

To learn more about Death Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

Visiting Tips

Death Valley National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Peak visitation for the park is during the spring and winter, with fewer visitors during the fall. While visitors can still visit the park during the summer, the opportunities for outdoor recreation and camping are reduced due to the extreme heat.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are nine campgrounds operated by the park. In addition, privately owned and managed campgrounds are available at Furnace Creek Ranch and Panamint Springs Resort. For more information about camping in the park, click here.

  • Furnace Creek: 136 sites. Open year round, reservations accepted from October 15 to April 15. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
  • Sunset: 270 sites. Open October 15 to April 15. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Texas Spring: 92 sites. Open October 15 to May 10. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Stovepipe Wells: 190 sites. Open October 15 to May 10. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Mesquite Spring: 30 sites. Open year round. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Emigrant: 10 sites (tent only). Open year round. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Wildrose: 23 sites. Open year round. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Thorndike: 6 sites. Open year round. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Mahogany Flat: 10 sites. Open year round. Sites available on a first come, first served basis.

Backcountry Camping:
Backcountry camping is permitted in certain locations throughout the park. Free voluntary permits for backcountry camping may be obtained at the visitor center or any ranger station. Visit the park's website for more information on backcountry camping.

Lodging:
Death Valley National Park offers several choices for accommodations. Reservations are highly recommended especially during the fall through spring.

  • Stovepipe Wells Village: Open year round. Resort accommodations and a limited number of RV sites. Reservations can be made online or by calling (760) 786-2387.
  • Furnace Creek Inn: Open mid-October through Mother's Day. Resort accommodations. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (800) 236-7916.
  • Furnace Creek Ranch: Open year round. Motel accommodations. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (800) 236-7916.
  • Panamint Springs Resort: Open year round. Resort accommodations and camping. Reservations can be made online or by calling (775) 482-7680.

Food & Drink

There are several dining options located within the park. Furnace Creek Inn serves breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are recommended and the inn is closed in the summer. Furnace Creek Ranch offers several different dining options including the Forty-Niner Cafe, the Wrangler Steakhouse, the Corkscrew Saloon, and the 19th Hole. Visitors can grab drinks and appetizers at the Badwater Saloon or a meal at the Toll Road Restaurant both located in the Stovepipe Wells Village. Additionally, the Panamint Springs resort serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner year round.

Other Activities

Death Valley National Park is a vast park with over three million acres of designated wilderness and hundreds of miles of backcountry roads. The park contains an amazing variety of terrain, historic sites, plants, and animals for outdoor adventurers to explore. Whether camping, backpacking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, or wildflower viewing, visitors can choose from a variety of ways to explore the park. For other activities outside of the park, check out the many trails for mountain biking in the Bishop and Mono Lake and Las Vegas Metro areas. There are also many great areas for rock climbing in Red Rock and the southern Sierra Nevadas.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of maps to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Death Valley National Park - 7

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gem Favorite Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are great fun to explore.

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes

(39) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.

Zabriske Point

(33) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite 282 ft below sea level in Badwater Basin.

Badwater Basin

(28) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Dante's View. Death Valley National Park.

Dante's View

(15) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Artist's Palette.

Artist's Palette

(29) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Devil's Golf Course at midday.

Devil's Golf Course

(22) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite The Path Glitters

Keane Wonder Mine

(2) Badwater, CA

Runs in Death Valley National Park - 14

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Favorite Badwater Baby!!!
Easy/Intermediate

Badwater Basin Crossing

6.5 mi 10.4 km • Point to Point • 25 ft Ascent 7.58 m Ascent

(26) Badwater, CA
Favorite Darwin Falls cascades peacefully down the rocks into a pool below.
Easy/Intermediate

Darwin Falls

2.1 mi 3.4 km • Out and Back • 425 ft Ascent 129.44 m Ascent

(15) Searles…, CA
Favorite Side trails lead up from the canyon offering spectacular views for those that want to scramble up (and down) the sides of the mountains.
Intermediate

Mosaic Canyon Trail

3.5 mi 5.7 km • Out and Back • 969 ft Ascent 295.33 m Ascent

(18) Badwater, CA
Favorite Badwater, California from Telescope Peak Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Telescope Peak Trail

11.7 mi 18.9 km • Out and Back • 3,101 ft Ascent 945.31 m Ascent

(7) Badwater, CA
Favorite Desert superbloom along Titus Canyon Rd.
Intermediate

Death Valley Trail Marathon

27.2 mi 43.9 km • Point to Point • 2,544 ft Ascent 775.28 m Ascent

(1) Beatty, NV
Favorite Death Valley National Park
Intermediate

Red Cathedral Out-and-Back

2.9 mi 4.7 km • Out and Back • 522 ft Ascent 159.18 m Ascent

(8) Badwater, CA
Favorite Spring wildflowers at the exit of Cottonwood Canyon.
Intermediate/Difficult

Cottonwood/Marble Canyon Loop

26.8 mi 43.1 km • Loop • 4,032 ft Ascent 1229.03 m Ascent

(10) Lone Pine, CA
Favorite Looking down into Ubehebe
Intermediate

Ubehebe Crater Loop

1.8 mi 2.9 km • Loop • 347 ft Ascent 105.89 m Ascent

(8) Big Pine, CA

Trails in Death Valley National Park - 21

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2.8 mi 4.5 km #1Golden Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.5 km Badwater, CA 22 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #2Gower Gulch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.8 km Badwater, CA 16 
0.6 mi 0.9 km #3Dante's View Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Badwater, CA
1.5 mi 2.5 km #4Keane Wonder Mine
Difficult
Beatty, NV
Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Beatty, NV
4.8 mi 7.7 km #5Slit Canyon
Extremely Difficult
Badwater, CA
Extremely Difficult
4.8 mi 7.7 km Badwater, CA
4.4 mi 7.0 km #6Mount Perry Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Badwater, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.4 mi 7.0 km Badwater, CA
5.4 mi 8.6 km #7Surprise Canyon Trail
Difficult
Badwater, CA
Difficult
5.4 mi 8.6 km Badwater, CA
3.7 mi 6.0 km #8Corkscrew Peak
Intermediate/Difficult
Badwater, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.7 mi 6.0 km Badwater, CA
0.3 mi 0.5 km #9Ubehebe Crater Floor Trail
Extremely Difficult
Beatty, NV
Extremely Difficult
0.3 mi 0.5 km Beatty, NV
2.1 mi 3.3 km #10Ashford Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Intermediate
2.1 mi 3.3 km Badwater, CA
2.9 mi 4.6 km #11Saddle Rock Mine Trail
Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Intermediate
2.9 mi 4.6 km Badwater, CA
3.3 mi 5.3 km #12Big Bell Mine Extension Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Badwater, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Badwater, CA
3.7 mi 5.9 km #13Funeral Slot Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
3.7 mi 5.9 km Badwater, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #14Natural Bridge Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Badwater, CA 10 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #15Willow Canyon (West Access)
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Badwater, CA
2.6 mi 4.2 km #16Marble Canyon Road
Easy/Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.6 mi 4.2 km Lone Pine, CA
3.2 mi 5.2 km #17Fall Canyon Route
Intermediate/Difficult
Badwater, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.2 mi 5.2 km Badwater, CA
12.0 mi 19.4 km #18Cottonwood Canyon Road
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
12.0 mi 19.4 km Badwater, CA
3.3 mi 5.4 km #19Lower Monarch Canyon
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
3.3 mi 5.4 km Badwater, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #20Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail
Easy
Badwater, CA
Easy
0.4 mi 0.6 km Badwater, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #21Funeral Slot Canyon Spur
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Badwater, CA

Photos of Death Valley National Park - 271

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Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.
Jan 27, 2016 near Badwater, CA
hikers
Oct 12, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Admiring a Pink Sunset
Sep 27, 2017 near Badwater, CA
Looking south from Telescope Peak at sunset.
Oct 4, 2017 near Badwater, CA
View of Zabiskie Point.
May 31, 2016 near Badwater, CA
Devil's Golf Course at midday.
Apr 26, 2016 near Badwater, CA
Death Valley Badlands.
Jan 27, 2016 near Badwater, CA
Badwater Baby!!!
Jul 17, 2015 near Badwater, CA

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