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Death ValleyUnited States of America

Discover the geological wonders of North America’s hottest and lowest national park, packed with raw, wild and untouched landscapes ripe for exploring.

In Death Valley National Park the temperatures can soar to a blistering 120 F (49 C) and the lowest point is marked at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level. With about 3.4 million acres (14,000 square kilometers) of wilderness, this is the largest American national park outside Alaska. Venture into the park’s interior to experience some of the most mesmerizing landscapes on the planet. Drive, hike or cycle past rolling sand dunes, jagged canyons, rocky deserts, delicate oases and fields of wildflowers.

Begin at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to learn about the park, explore the small museum and plan your adventures. Drive to Devil’s Golf Course, a wide expanse of rock salt carved by wind into sharp spires, before continuing on to Badwater Basin, a bizarre terrain of salt flats marking the park’s lowest point. Continue your tour along the scenic Artists Drive, a 9-mile (14-kilometer) loop weaving through pink and gold hills.

Stop at Death Valley’s most famous viewpoint, Zabriskie Point. Be amazed by the surreal landscape stretching before you. Arrive at dawn or sunset to witness a fantasy-like swirl of colors and shadows. Zabriskie Point is also the starting point for the Badlands Loop, a popular hiking trail. Stop at Dante’s View, 5,475 feet (1,669 meters) high, which offers panoramic vistas across the Badwater Basin.

Experience the human side of Death Valley at the Harmony Borax Works, a long-abandoned town that once hosted a flourishing borax mining community. Learn more about the park’s original inhabitants and the Timbisha Shoshone American Indian tribe members who still inhabit the region.

Visiting Death Valley needs pre-planning. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the best starting point. There is a weekly fee to enter the park. The fantastical land that is Death Valley National Park receives some of the sun’s most blistering rays. Carry plenty of water and sunscreen when exploring.

Death Valley Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Death Valley

The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
The price is £164 per night from 27 Oct to 28 Oct

Located in a national park, this family-friendly resort is 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from Zabriskie Point and 17.6 mi (28.3 km) from Death Valley National Park.

3.5/5Good! (2,011 reviews)

"Comfy little cabin on lovely property. On site dining available albeit a bit pricey. Large, spring fed pool was great to cool off in after a day of exploring."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
4 out of 5
Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
Free cancellation
The price is £307 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Golden Canyon and Harmony Borax Works. Zabriskie Point ...

4.3/5Excellent! (471 reviews)

"Strikingly beautiful, dramatically so outside. True old fashioned elegance. Nice touches, like a tunnel from handicapped parking, check-in and dining on third floor, excellent art of western motif many walls. Didn't like? Only small stuff, like only three coat hangers in closet, insufficient table ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
Amargosa Opera House
Amargosa Opera House
2.5 out of 5
HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley, CA
The price is £89 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Situated in Death Valley, this motel is 12.6 mi (20.2 km) from Death Valley National Park, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Ash Meadows Visitor Center and Furnace ...

3.5/5Good! (484 reviews)

"Loved the spookiness, it is older and but it’s quaint. You will not find a hotel closer to the national park. Loved the kitty walking around and water pressure and air conditioning were great. My only complaint is that the late check in is just a envelope with your key. I wish they had a staff person ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2020

Amargosa Opera House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Death Valley

Pahrump RV Park & Lodging
Pahrump RV Park & Lodging
2 out of 5
101 South Linda Street, Pahrump, NV
The price is £55 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Situated in Pahrump, this campsite is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Desert View Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Pahrump Valley Museum and Stage Stop Casino. Pahrump ...

4.1/5Very Good! (284 reviews)
EXCELLENT

"EXCELLENT"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Pahrump RV Park & Lodging
Villa DE Florenza Custom Home With Pool and Jacuzzi on Fenced Acre
Villa DE Florenza Custom Home With Pool and Jacuzzi on Fenced Acre
2341 Red Rock, Pahrump, NV

Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Desert View Hospital and within 6 miles (10 km) of Pahrump Valley Museum and Pahrump ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Perfect layout for large group

"We really liked this property. I had a perfect layout to accommodate our group of 9. We were attending a 4 day course at Front Sight and being able to come back and enjoy the hot tub & pool was just what we needed after being on the range all day. The location was great, it's clean & well stocked. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Villa DE Florenza Custom Home With Pool and Jacuzzi on Fenced Acre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park

5/5(32 reviews)

See an American desert in this expansive, sweltering U.S. national park. Find birds, wildflowers and snow-capped mountains here as well.

Furnace Creek Visitor Center
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Furnace Creek Visitor Center

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Find out what Death Valley National Park has waiting for you and join ranger-led tours and programs at this fantastic facility in Furnace Creek’s resort area.

Zabriskie Point
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Zabriskie Point

4.5/5(14 reviews)

An awe-inspiring panorama of the foothills and gullies of the Black Mountains unfolds from this elevated viewpoint, where you’ll find a series of hiking trails.

Badwater
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Badwater

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Stand on the lowest elevation in North America when you visit this spectacular salt flat beside the Black Mountains in the heart of Death Valley.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes during your travels in Death Valley. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Racetrack Playa
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Racetrack Playa

The answer to a mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades lies in this dry lakebed, which is speckled with rocks that seem to move by themselves.

Top things to do in Death Valley

Death Valley VIP Tour from Las Vegas
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Death Valley VIP Tour from Las Vegas

£881
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Death Valley Day Tour/ Watch the night sky full of stars
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Death Valley Day Tour/ Watch the night sky full of stars

£229
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Death Valley Small Group Day Tour from Las Vegas with Lunch
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Death Valley Small Group Day Tour from Las Vegas with Lunch

£183
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
VIP Pahrump Wine Tasting and Death Valley Stargazing
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VIP Pahrump Wine Tasting and Death Valley Stargazing

£226
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Death Valley Tour with Lunch
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Death Valley Tour with Lunch

£920
Per adult
ATV/Dune Buggy Tour - Amargosa Dune
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ATV/Dune Buggy Tour - Amargosa Dune

£339
Per adult

Reviews of Death Valley

4.6

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 75%
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4 - Good 18.75%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.125%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

Loved Death Valley. Not so much the Inn.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Oct 2019

One of the most amazing places on earth!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Just one of those places you have got to experience first hand! Harsh, aggressive but beautiful! Be prepared for the heat... We stayed at the beginning of September and had 45°c (113°f) both days!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Aug 2019

Dramatic scenery, like another world!! But come prepared for the extreme heat

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Aug 2019

Amazing area to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Jul 2019

Amazing experience to drive through it

Cities near Death Valley

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Furnace Creek Visitor Center which includes signage

Furnace Creek

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