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Death Valley National Park
Photo of Death Valley National Park courtesy NPS

Hottest, Driest, Lowest:Death Valley is a land of extremes. It is one of the hottest places on the surface of the Earth with summer temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It encompasses the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below the level of the sea, and it is the driest place in North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.

This valley is also a land of subtle beauties: Morning light creeping across the eroded badlands of Zabriskie Point to strike Manly Beacon, the setting sun and lengthening shadows on the Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells, and the colors of myriad wildflowers on the golden hills above Harmony Borax on a warm spring day.

Death Valley is a treasure trove of scientific information about the ancient Earth and about the forces still working to shape our modern world. It is home to plants, animals, and human beings that have adapted themselves to take advantage of its rare and hard won bounty. It is a story of western expansion, wealth, greed, suffering and triumph. Death Valley is a land of extremes, and much more.

Have you visited Death Valley National Park?

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Facilities available at Death Valley National Park:



National Geographic TrailSmart Topographic Maps on CD-ROM


Death Valley National Park website
Recreation Area Map
Reservation site
Park Email: deva_information@nps.gov

Phone numbers
Visitor Information 760-786-3200
Commercial Permits 760-786-3241

Address
Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328