Death Valley National Park Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Death Valley National Park

  • 1. Scottys Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In the 1920s Chicago millionaire Albert Johnson was sold the ultimate snake oil – the idea that there was gold in California’s Death Valley. In the dry, scorching conditions the ailing Johnson found...

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  • 2. Sand Dunes

    Mesquite Dunes is a great place to watch the sunset. As with any sunset, much of the colors occur after the sunset sets below the horizon. Mesquite Dunes is no different. I found the best colors...

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  • 3. Badwater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America being 282 feet below sea level. At the point on Badwater Road is a well done interpretive area with a boardwalk out into the basin and interpretive...

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  • 4. Dante's View

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is one long drive to get to a pretty good view of the Badwater Basin. The last section is very steep but it is paved all the way. Vehicles with trailers are prohibited because of the tight turns...

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  • 5. Artist's Drive

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Artist's Drive is a 9 mile (one way) road through Death Valley's most colorful scenery. As of November, 2004, the Artist's Drive road remained closed due to the damage from the summer floods, and was...

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  • 6. Devil's Golf Course

    4 out of 5 stars

    The National Park Service set up a viewing spot just off Badwater Road. There is an interpretive sign and a small parking area. The "Golf Course" is erratically eroded salt left over from a lake that...

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  • 7. Harmony Borax Mines

    Borax was discovered in Death Valley back in 1881. The following year, the Harmony Borax Works was constructed to process the Borax and ship it to a depot in Mojave California. Out of the necessity to...

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  • 8. Zabriske's Point

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Zabriskie Point oversees I beautiful colored canyon with great erosion lines. Many people visit this point because of it's proximity to Furnace Creek. The point was named after Christian Brevoort...

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  • 9. Ubehebe Crater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is an interesting geological feature in the northern end of the park. It does take a little time to get there and is a nice trip when visiting Scotty's Castle. The crater is about a 1/2 mile...

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  • 10. Stovepipe Wells

    Stovepipe Wells was the first tourist resort in Death Valley. It was opened by Herman "Bob" Eichbaum in 1925. Stovepipe Wells was originally nicknamed Bungalette City. Eichbaum had constructed 20...

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  • 11. Furnace Creek

    4 out of 5 stars

    So this is a place you can go to pay (a lot) for a drink or some trinkets. A lot of strange things are going on at this location. There is a resturant, bar, store, post office, and also a golf...

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  • 12. Natural Bridge Canyon

    Access to the Natural Bridge, and the trail to it, is down an unpaved road about 2 miles in length. This was the worst road I drove in the park (although there are several 4 wheel drive roads I did...

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  • 13. Titus Canyon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Titus Canyon Road is a one way dirt road that starts just outside the east side of the park on Rt 374 and exits on Scotty's Castle road. This is a beautiful canyon that cuts its way through the...

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  • 14. Salt Creek Trail

    Salt Creek is a surprising oasis on the desert floor. However the water is too salty for human consumption. What is significant about Salt Creek is the rare Pupfish. Ten thousand years ago, Death...

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  • 15. Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a one way dirt road that veers off Route 190 and winds through the Badland Hills. The road is narrow and twists and turns through colorful hills. There are a few pull offs for pictures but...

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  • 16. Golden Canyon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    For people like us, who live in a green area, this hike in the rocky, sandy canyon was quite an experience. It was here that I realised why the rangers warn the people for flash floods at the start of...

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  • 17. Artist's Palette

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Artist's palette is the nickname for the painted mountains looming over the valley. No exception to the rule in the Southwest of the USA where painted deserts and mountains seem to be the norm. In...

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  • 18. Devil's Cornfield

    This area is very near the Mesquite Sand Dunes and was named because it resembles a cornfield(?). The plants are actually mostly arrowweed. If some poor farmer's cornfield looks like this he's going...

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  • 19. Furnace Creek Visitor Center

    Furnace Creek is the main visitor center in Death Valley. Rangers are on staff to answer questions regarding back country options and what sights are open or closed. The is a large gift store and book...

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  • 20. Mosaic Canyon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A short gravel road located just west of Stovepipe Wells leads to the trailhead. The parking area also offers a nice view of Stovepipe Wells below and Death Valley beyond. Although the trail appears...

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  • 21. Salt Flat

    At the Badwater Basin view area there is an interpretive sign pointing out the Salt Flats. However what is shown in the photo is not what is at Badwater Basin. What is at Badwater Basin is what looks...

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  • 22. Keane Wonder Mill

    If you are looking for a real Ghost Town it doesnt get Ghostlier than this. Compared to Rhyolite which is more accessible by road and is frequented by visitors Keane Wonder Mine is deeply entrenched...

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  • 23. Charcoal Kilns

    4 out of 5 stars

    This worked out quite nicely as I was camping at Wildrose, it was very convenient to drive up to the Charcoal Kilns. I had no idea of the potion of the sun in relation to the kilns but they are lit up...

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  • 24. Father Crowley Point

    The Point is named after Father John J. Crowley known as the Padre of the desert who guided people in the area. He past away in 1940. One interesting fact about Father Crowley, in 1934, he was the...

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  • 25. Emigrant Pass

    Emigrant Canyon road climbs to a higher altitude in the park and the landscape is much different than what people expect or associate with Death Valley. This was a very pleasant and eye opening drive....

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