- Death Valley National Park has more than 3.3 million acres of spectacular desert scenery, interesting and rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness, and sites of historical and cultural interest. Bounded on the west by 11,049 foot Telescope Peak and on the east by 5,475 foot Dante's View, Badwater is the lowest point (-282 feet) in the western hemisphere.
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Death Valley National Park
Recreation - Death Valley National Park provides a large variety of activities for visitors in any season. Located in the center of the park, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center houses museum exhibits, a visitor information desk and the Death Valley Natural History Association book store. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the peak season, November through April, ranger guided hikes, talks, and evening programs are presented. Costumed living history tours of Scotty's Castle are available every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Roads within the park include California Highway 190, the Badwater Road and the Scotty's Castle Road. Paved roads to Dante's View and Wildrose provide access to major scenic viewpoints and historic points of interest. More than 350 miles of unpaved and four-wheel drive roads provide access to wilderness hiking, camping, scenery and historical sites.
There are hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties, but most backcountry areas are accessible only by cross-country hiking. There are literally thousands of hiking possibilities.
Camping is available at several sites within the park. Reservations are accepted for some campgrounds. Furnace Creek Campground is open all
year. Texas Springs campground is located in the Furnace Creek area and is open from October through April. It is first come first served with self registration. During the spring months, February through April, Texas Springs is designated for Tent Camping Only. Sunset campground (October through April) is also located in the Furnace Creek area and is first come first served with self registration. The Stovepipe Wells campground (October through April) is also first come first served as is the Mesquite Spring campground (open all year) at the north end of the park near Scotty's Castle.
Climate - Death Valley is generally sunny, dry and clear throughout the year. The
winters are mild with occasional winter storms, but summers are extremely hot and dry. Summer high temperatures commonly run above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Comfortable clothing providing sun protection and a broad brimmed hat are recommended in summer. Winter requires warmer clothing and light to medium jackets. Sturdy walking shoes are important year round.
This expansive National Park lies in southeastern California on the Nevada border. Several different mountain ranges run through the park mainly in the eastern and southern areas. Highways 190 and 374 dissect the park into north and south. Smaller roads provide limited access to the backcountry of the reserve.