Death Valley Fast Facts

  • Death Valley National Park covers a total area of 3,367,627 acres
  • The number of people visiting Death Valley in 2017 was 1,294,827 *
  • Death Valley was made a national park on October 31, 1994
  • The lowest elevation found in Death Valley is -282 feet at Badwater
  • The highest elevation found in Death Valley is 11,049 feet at Telescope Peak
  • The entrance fee for Death Valley is $30 per vehicle per week
  • Death Valley National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Death Valley National Park in December 2016
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Death Valley Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Death Valley

  • Death Valley National Park includes the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level.
  • The name Death Valley came from a group of pioneers lost in the area in 1849. Although only one of the group died, they all thought they would, and dubbed the area Death Valley as they finally exited.
  • A ground temperature of 201°F was recorded in Furnace Creek on July 15, 1972. This may be the highest natural ground surface temperature ever recorded.
  • Mining was prevalent all over the Death Valley region in earlier times. A wide variety of things were extracted, including gold, silver, lead, zinc, antimony, mercury, tungsten, copper, borax, sodium chloride (salt) and manganese.
  • Death Valley is the largest national park in the United States outside of Alaska, taking over the title from Yellowstone National Park upon its creation in 1994.
  • Death Valley is regularly the hottest and driest place in North America. On July 10, 1913, a temperature of 134°F was measured at Furnace Creek, the highest temperature ever recorded in the world

Where is Death Valley National Park?

Death Valley National Park covers an enormous area, mostly in California, with a small section in Nevada. It is in a very remote area, with few towns and even fewer services. Beatty, Nevada is a reasonable distance from the popular Furnace Creek area. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Death Valley.

Furnace Creek area
(36.4564073354451, -116.86509651015513)

More About Death Valley

We have pages on all sorts of things about Death Valley National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.