Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

  US National Parks

Death Valley National Park is known for its extremes. It is North America’s driest and hottest spot. It receives fewer than two inches of rainfall annually and has a record high of 134°F in the summer. It also has the lowest elevation on the continent, which is Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level.

Staying in Death Valley National Park

There are a few towns to stay in when visiting Death Valley National Park.

  • Beatty, NV (31 miles away)
  • Death Valley Junction, CA (52 miles)
  • Darwin, CA (57 miles)
  • Amargosa Valley, NV (60 miles)
  • Searles Valley, CA (78 miles)
  • Olancha, CA (79 miles)
  • Shoshone, CA (79 miles)
  • Pahrump, NV (82 miles)
  • Lone Pine, CA (84 miles)

Park Details

Death Valley National Park was established on February 11, 1933, and has a total area of 3,373,063 acres (5,270 square miles, or 13,656 square kilometers).

Address PO Box 579, Death Valley, CA, 92328
Phone(760) 786-3200
HoursThe park is open daily, 24 hours a day, all year
Entrance Fee$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Death Valley National Park is the 67th most visited park in the country.

Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth. In the summer months (May-September) temperatures average over 100°F (38°C), and often exceed 120°F (49°C).

Death Valley National Park, however, is perfectly safe to visit in the summer with some caution. First, drink and carry plenty of water with you. Carry with you and drink at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per day to replace loss from sweat, and drink more if you are active. Second, stay on paved roads in summer. If your car breaks down, stay with it until help comes. Lastly, watch out for signs of trouble. If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or get a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink water or sports drinks.

Using Historical Data to Predict

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Death Valley National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Death Valley National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Death Valley National Park are March, April, October & November.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits80,263109,242171,617140,47780,77056,07752,90942,77555,804108,985133,130114,502
Precipitation172312642453589
Avg Temp58617077879610210092806656
Max Temp6772819097105109106101927766
Avg Temp343640445259676558483933
Min Temp262730334148575648362824
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Death Valley National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Death Valley National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Death Valley, Sherman Pass, Sequoia & Kings Canyon5458
Channel Islands, Joshua Tree to Death Valley5978
Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon to Yosemite85810

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Death Valley National Park.

NameDistance
Manzanar National Historic Site81 mi
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument87 mi
Sequoia National Park100 mi
Kings Canyon National Park109 mi
Mojave National Preserve113 mi
Lake Mead National Recreation Area114 mi
Castle Mountains National Monument115 mi
César E. Chávez National Monument120 mi
Devils Postpile National Monument157 mi
Joshua Tree National Park177 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Death Valley National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Mahogany Flat - Death Valley National ParkCA more 13 miles
Thorndike - Death Valley National ParkCA more 14 miles
Texas Spring - Death Valley National ParkFurnace Creek, CA more 15 miles
Sunset - Death Valley National ParkFurnace Creek, CA more 15 miles
Furnace Creek - Death Valley National ParkFurnace Creek, CA more 15 miles
Wildrose - Death Valley National ParkCA more 20 miles
Emigrant - Death Valley National ParkPanamint Springs, CA more 28 miles
Stove Pipe Wells - Death Valley National ParkPanamint Springs, CA more 31 miles
Panamint SpringsPanamint Springs, CA more 36 miles
Shoshone - Tecopa - DispersedShoshone, CA more 37 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Death Valley National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Lee CanyonLas Vegas, NV11,289 ft69%92 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Death Valley National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Death Valley National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV94 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA157 mi
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA182 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ192 mi
San Diego International AirportSANSan Diego, CA243 mi
Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV276 mi
Norman Y. Mineta San José International AirportSJCSan Jose, CA292 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Death Valley National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Meadows FieldBFLBakersfield, CA137 mi
Fresno Yosemite International AirportFATFresno, CA165 mi
Hollywood Burbank AirportBURBurbank, CA165 mi
Palm Springs International AirportPSPPalm Springs, CA168 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportHIILake Havasu City, AZ181 mi
Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field)LGBLong Beach, CA183 mi
John Wayne AirportSNASanta Ana, CA187 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from MeteoBlue. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.