Death Valley National Park
The largest US national park outside Alaska, Death Valley encompasses 3.4 million acres (1.4 million hectares). It’s a popular day trip from Las Vegas, offering a remote respite from Sin City’s nonstop buzz. Tours showcase the Mojave Desert’s geology, history, and best views with stops at sites such as Badwater Basin, the Ubehebe Crater, the Borax Museum at Furnace Creek Ranch, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Rhyolite Ghost Town, Zabriskie Point, Devil’s Golf Course, Artist’s Palette, and Dante’s Peak.
Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas
Things to Know Before You Go
Badwater Basin, which sits 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level, is the lowest point in North America.
For those visiting the park independently by car, the per-vehicle entrance fee is valid for seven days.
Death Valley National Park is typically dry and sunny throughout the year with some winter storms; avoid summer, when temperatures can reach 120°F (49°C).
Stay hydrated with plenty of water no matter what time of year you visit.
During summer, restrict outdoor activities to the early morning; stick to paved roads in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Furnace Creek Visitor Center offers informational exhibits, a bookstore, a short film, and ranger talks.
How to Get There
Death Valley National Park sits on the edge of the California–Nevada border, about two hours by road from Las Vegas. Enter the park on California Highway 190 from Death Valley Junction; 190 is the main road traversing the park from east to west and leads to the Furnace Creek area.
When to Get There
Many visitors purposely visit in summer simply to experience the extreme heat, but spring, fall, and winter are the recommended times of year to visit. Depending how much rainfall the park has had during winter and spring, wildflowers can bloom from late March to early April at low elevations, in April and May at mid elevations, and into June in the mountains.
Ghost Towns Near Death Valley
When the once-booming mining industry for materials such as gold, silver, and lead came to an end, miners and other locals escaped the area for other pursuits, leaving Death Valley with a handful of ghost towns. Rhyolite—once home to two churches and 50 saloons—is the best preserved and most popular, located just west of Beatty, Nevada. Panamint City, Ballarat, and Chloride City are also accessible on foot or by car.
- Things to do in Nevada
- Things to do in Palm Springs
- Things to do in Flagstaff
- Things to do in Sedona
- Things to do in Anaheim & Buena Park
- Things to do in Los Angeles
- Things to do in Long Beach
- Things to do in Santa Monica
- Things to do in Scottsdale
- Things to do in Phoenix
- Things to do in La Jolla
- Things to do in Monument Valley
- Things to do in Paso Robles
- Things to do in Arizona
- Things to do in California