Things to do in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park is the land of extremes. It is famous for the highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the world and is the driest spot in North America. Come hike through colorful canyons and see otherworldly landscape. Check out these great things to do in Death Valley National Park!
Catch a colorful sunrise at Zabriskie Point
Wake up early and watch the badlands glow gold as the first light of day reaches Zabriskie Point. The morning sun also paints the Panamint Range across the valley with gorgeous pinks and purples.
Take a drive down Badwater Road. Stop #1: Badwater Basin Salt Flats
At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America. The vast salt flats cover nearly 200 square miles. Learn more about visiting Badwater Basin in the link above.
Badwater Road Stop #2: Take a hike though Golden Canyon
A three-mile round-trip hike leads through serpentine, flood-carved Golden Canyon and to dramatic Red Cathedral. These gold colored hills create many hiking options which range from easy to strenuous. Visit the link above to view maps and hiking options in the Golden Canyon.
Badwater Road Stop 3: Hike to Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge Trail is an easy 1-mile out and back round trip hike which ends at a dry waterfall. Visit the link above to learn more.
Discover a rainbow of rocks on Artist's Drive
Late afternoon is the time to experience Artist’s Drive, a nine-mile, one-way road. You'll be led through some of Death Valley’s most vibrantly hued sedimentary and volcanic formations. Learn more about Artist's Drive in the link above.
Enjoy the heavenly panorama of Death Valley at Dante's View
Dante's View is about 16 miles south of Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park, at a height of 5,475 feet. Hike along the trails for different perspectives of Death Valley more than a mile below you.
Explore the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are located right off State Highway 190. The early morning light is especially beautiful at dawn. Look for wildlife such as coyotes, desert kit foxes and kangaroo rats.
Walk along the rim of the Ubehebe Crater
The Ubehebe Crater is a large crater created by a powerful volcanic explosion. Gaze down into the 600-foot-deep abyss as you hike along a 1.5-mile trail that follows the rim. You’ll get spectacular views over a remote section of the park, including smaller craters.