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DEATH VALLEY TOUR

  • Location: CA & NV, USA
  • Audio Points: 220+
  • Valid: No expiry
  • Start: Lone Pine or Pahrump
  • Direction: Multiple
  • Download: ~99Mb

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Major Highlights

  • Artist's Palette
  • Badwater Basin
  • Dante's View
  • Devils Golf Course
  • Father Crowley Overlook
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
  • Ubehebe Crater
  • Zabriskie Point

What to Expect

Death Valley is a drive that conjures up visions of a truly barren and extremely hot place that has no respect for life. And yet, Death Valley is a truly fantastic drive that is a captivating and, at times, surreal experience. It’s that very unique blend of vast landscapes, extreme temperatures, and awe-inspiring geological wonders that make it an unforgettable journey. 

Though it may seem like a wasteland there are enough places of interest to easily fill a day or more. We’ll take in superb views from Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View and Father Crowley Overlook. We’ll visit the lowest point in North America that sits more than 200 feet below sea level. There’s an assortment of different types of salt flats with unique crystals, and sand dunes that were reshaped by the winds.

We’ll drive through colorful canyons and badlands. Those willing and equipped to drive further can view craters and a different salt flat where large boulders appear to move on their own. 

There’s a millennia of human history to connect with and we’ll share those stories from Native Americans to determined and sometimes odd settlers and prospectors who’ve endured and sometimes thrived in the conditions. Some of those historical sites still exist and we can visit if we choose.

Whether you visit Death Vally on a day trip from Las Vegas, or as a through journey between other destinations, it’s a fascinating drive that you will love.

Suggested Start Location

Lone Pine, CA or Pahrump, NV

How Much Time Do I Need?

Possible as a day trip, ideally two or three days

Driving Distance

160 miles, including side trips

FAQ

WHY IS DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK SO FAMOUS?

Death Valley is the hottest, driest and lowest national park in the country, as well as being the largest national park in the contiguous United States. Death Valley National Park is a truly fantastic drive that is a captivating and, at times, surreal experience. It’s a unique blend of vast landscapes, extreme temperatures, and awe-inspiring geological wonders that make it an unforgettable journey.

WHY IS DEATH VALLEY CALLED DEATH VALLEY?

Death Valley was given its name by a group of pioneers back during the winter of 1849-1850 when some members of a wagon train opted to try a shortcut. The attempt failed and while all made it out alive except for one, the experience was so grueling that when they finally climbed the mountains to the west, someone allegedly proclaimed, “Goodbye, Death Valley.”

HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED AT DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK?

It’s easiest to visit Death Valley as a day trip from Las Vegas, but if you have camping gear or an RV, or if you’ve secured reservations at one of the lodges, a two or three-day trip will give you more time to see the off-the-beaten-path sights. Remember: this is the largest national park in the Lower 48 – don’t underestimate its size.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK?

The best and most popular time to visit Death Valley National Park is in spring (March and April). Temperatures are pleasant, and winter storms may bring ephemeral wildflowers. Fall (late October and November) is another good time to visit, with fewer crowds than in spring. Winter temperatures are cool and rainstorms occasionally drench the park. Visitor numbers are at their lowest, even though the scenery can be particularly beautiful at this time of year, with the snowy Sierras providing a spectacular backdrop. Summer (May to September) is unquestionably the most extreme time to visit, with temperatures guaranteed to top 100°F, and often peaking at over 120°F from June through August.

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