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.

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Nature, Hiking and Scenery

Top hotels in Death Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Highway 190, Death Valley
£151/night
31 Jul-1 Aug
3.5/5Good! (2,608 reviews)

"Fantastic place. Swimming pool is open late and lovely to be able to swim beneath the stars."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019

The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park
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The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
4 out of 5
Highway 190, Death Valley
£277/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (270 reviews)

"Very nice and helpful staff, excellent facilities and great view! Thanks 👍"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

The Inn at Death Valley – Inside the Park
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Amargosa Opera House
2.5 out of 5
HR-C 608 Death Valley Junction, Death Valley
£90/night
26 Jul-27 Jul
3.4/5Good! (358 reviews)

"The grounds were very unique, rooms were clean. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019

Amargosa Opera House

Popular things to do in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park

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

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.

Badwater
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Badwater

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.

Zabriskie Point
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Zabriskie Point

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.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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.

Charcoal Kilns
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Charcoal Kilns

Learn the story behind these beehive-shaped stonemasonry structures, which have been beautifully preserved in the Wildrose Canyon since the 1870s.

Top activities in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park Hummer Tour
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Death Valley National Park Hummer Tour

£215

Get ready for a full day of fun and adventure on this tour to see one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Travel from your Las Vegas hotel in a luxury Hummer H2 vehicle for an up-close look at the vast, harsh desert of Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley Tour with Lunch
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Death Valley Tour with Lunch

£199

Trek through one of the hottest places on Earth during this guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Stand at the lowest point in North America at the Badwater Basin, revel in epic views of massive mountains and expansive salt flats, and learn about the multifaceted history of this unique area.

Death Valley VIP Tour
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Death Valley VIP Tour

£191

Join a full-day exploration of Death Valley, and journey through North America’s lowest elevation point and driest climate, which sees the country's hottest temperatures in the summer months.

Death Valley Small Group Day Tour from Las Vegas
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Death Valley Small Group Day Tour from Las Vegas

£199

Spend a day exploring the stark beauty of Death Valley on this tour to the hottest, driest, and lowest point in the West. An array of colors and this extreme desert environment is a photographer's dream as you get an immersive look at one of the most unique landscapes on earth.

Death Valley Stargazing, Winery Tour, and Scenic Viewpoints
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Death Valley Stargazing, Winery Tour, and Scenic Viewpoints

£215

Truly a lifetime experience. The Death Valley will always take your breath away! Home of the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth, the park occupies 3.4 Million acres of pure dramatic views that makes you feel as if you’re in another planet.

Private Helicopter and Winery Tour
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Private Helicopter and Winery Tour

£2,154

Fly in your private helicopter over Las Vegas with beautiful scenic views of the Red Rock conservation area and Mount Charleston Peak towards Pahrump where you will land at the award-winning Pahrump Valley Winery for wine tasting and an exquisite 4-course dinner! The flight back soars over the Spring Mountains and into the Las Vegas Valley at dusk as the lights of the Strip turn on.