Welcome to one of the hottest, driest places on Earth. Death Valley National Park, the most dramatically named of all US national parks, is also one of the most surreal and fascinating landscapes in the world. This desert park located east of the southern Sierra Nevada, and encompasses 3.4 million acres, making it the largest park in the contiguous US. In addition to boasting the lowest spot in the US, the park contains salt flats, sand dunes and mountain ranges that rise to 11,000 feet. Note: the climate data listed below are given for Furnace Creek; climate varies considerably depending on the location, and the heat and dryness can be deadly. Plan accordingly and take precautions.
Size: 3.4 million acres
Terrain Type(s): Desert, Mountain
Average Precipitation: 2 inches
Average Temperature: 78.9° Fahrenheit
Annual High Temperature: 116° Fahrenheit
Annual Low Temperature: 40° Fahrenheit
The main road transecting Death Valley National Park from east to west is California Highway 190. On the east in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty's Junction (State Route 267- Access closed until further notice), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373).
Coming from the west in Calfornia: State Route 14 and U.S. Route 395 lead to Ridgecrest, CA where State Route 178 heads east into the park. Further north on Highway 395 at Olancha, CA you can join Hwy 190 to the park, or north of that at Lone Pine, CA, Hwy 136 will also join Hwy 190 heading east into the park.
From south of the park: Interstate 15 passes through Baker, California on its way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. State Route 127 travels north from Baker to Shoshone and Death Valley Junction with connections to the park on State Route 178 from Shoshone and connection with California Highway 190 at Death Valley Junction.
There are a number of routes from Las Vegas.
Address: 328 Greenland Blvd., Death Valley, CA, 92328