Death Valley National Park is one of the most understated national parks and largest U.S. National Park outside of Alaska, from multi-colored mountains to sand dunes, this location offers all that and so much more. You won’t be disappointed! These are the 6 essential things to do during your stay at Death Valley National Park.
The lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level.
This 9-mile scenic loop drive is a MUST see. The multi-colored hills are from volcanic and sedimentary rock.
Harmony Borax Works
The ruins left from the popular plant to process ore in late 1883. At the plant’s peak, 40 men worked there and processed three tons of borax every day.
Millions of years ago when water was running through the canyon, a “natural bridge” was formed and provided us with the beautiful spectacle it is today.
Golden Canyon hike
A 3-mile round trip hike that is moderately difficult. You will see the stunning golden toned mountains and feast your eyes on Red Cathedral.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Named from the mesquite trees that provide shelter for wildlife, these dunes are a sight to see featuring three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped—who knew there were 3 types?!
Lava Tube in the Mojave National Preserve
After leaving the park make a quick trip to Lava Tube in the Mojave National Preserve where you’ll experience an awe-inspiring cave with the most spectacular light show.
- Winter and Spring are the best time of year to visit because it gets very hot there.
- Pack lots of sunscreen – Death Valley is warm year around.
- For more information on road closures or to see what’s open go to the official national parks website at nps.gov.
- Be sure to visit the lava tube mid-day to receive the best lighting.
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