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. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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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  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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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  • 16. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. Ghost Town

    While Ballarat is a Ghost Town, there is a functioning store there. The proprietor is "Rock", well that's how he introduced himself. Has been there for 10 years. There are a few buildings standing but...

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  • 21. 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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  • 22. Flora / Fauna

    Although the name Death Valley brings up images of a totally bare place, and part of the park frequently looks that way, there is a variety of life in the park. You may see Kangaroo Rats, large...

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  • 23. 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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  • 24. Death Valley

    I've visited Death Valley National Park several times, both in winter and in summer, and I've never been disappointed! There are those that love the desert, and those that don't! My family and I love...

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  • 25. Rhyolite

    There are at least 4 ghost towns either in the park or nearby. The best known and easiest to get to is Rhyolite which is located in Nevada just east of the park on Nevada Highway 374. The town of...

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