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Death Valley National Park

Hikes around Death Valley National Park
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Primitive Campgrounds

Developed Campgrounds

  • Emigrant, Furnace Creek, Mesquite Spring, Stovepipe Wells, Sunset, Texas Spring, Mahogany Flat, Thorndike, Wildrose

Back Roads

Death Valley National Park, the largest national park in the U.S., encompasses some 3.3 million acres of the Mojave Desert in eastern California (map), most of which is included in the Death Valley Wilderness Area. The land is diverse, with elevations ranging from -282 feet at Badwater (the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere) to 11,049 feet at the summit of Telescope Peak. In this arid land, great differences in elevation lead to great differences in topography and habitat. The overwhelming impression, however, is that this land is extremely hot and dry and unencumbered by the burden of dirt and vegetation. To the untutored eye, the entire area might even look barren, and while it is true that some areas appear lifeless, most areas support at least a few species of plants and animals.

Death Valley generally is warm, sunny, and dry throughout the year. Summers are unbelievably hot (temperatures commonly exceed 120 degrees) and dry, but the winters generally are mild, although with occasional bitter-cold storms. The spring and fall seasons generally are mild, but they can be windy. During summer, wear light comfortable clothes that provide sun protection (e.g., a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen). Winter days might require a light jacket, but winter nights can be frigid.

Limited services (gas, food, and camping) are available at Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Scotty's Castle, and Panamint Springs. Lodging is available at Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs, and there are a number of campgrounds scattered throughout the central and northern portions of the park. Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells have small stores with basic camping supplies. This is wild and remote country, so plan ahead and bring what you need. Always carry extra drinking water in your vehicle.

For More Information on Getting to Death Valley National Park, Hours of Operation, Entrance Fees, Camping in the front country and back country, Hiking Permits, Local History, Precautions, Some Rules and Regulations, and Links to More Information, see the Death Valley National Park Overview Page.

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 141109

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