Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural and cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. About two-thirds of the park was originally designated as Death Valley National Monument in 1933. Today the park is enjoyed by about 1,300,000 people per year. The park is 3,400,000 acres – nearly as large as the state of Connecticut.
Park entrance fees are $25/vehicle for up to 7 days and can be paid at Furnace Creek Visitor Center or at automated machines throughout the park.
The park never closes. However, services within the park have limited hours or limited months that they are open.
Expect hot temperatures from April through October. Bring plenty of water - and drink it even if you don't feel yourself sweating in this very dry environment.
If you are traveling to a remote area of the park (especially in summer) or doing a long hike, consider communicating your plans and return time to a contact outside the park. Cell phones don't work in most of the park.
Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do in the park. Obey speed limits for your safety and for wildlife.
Rocks, plants, animals, and historic objects are protected just like in a museum. Vandalism and theft are prohibited.
Drive only on established roads.
Use of drones is prohibited.
Discharging firearms is prohibited.
Pets are permitted only along roads and in developed areas (like campgrounds). They must be on a leash at all times.
Stay out of closed areas, including mines and service roads.