Death Valley National Park

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Death Valley National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Dante's View

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This lookout is 5,450 feet above sea level in the Black Mountains. In the dry desert air you can see across most of 160-mile-long Death Valley...Read More

  • 2. Randsburg


    The Rand Mining District first boomed when gold was discovered in the Rand Mountains in 1895. Along with neighboring settlements, it grew further...Read More

  • 3. Artist's Drive

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    This 9-mile, one-way route skirts the foothills of the Black Mountains and provides intimate views of the changing landscape. Once inside the...Read More

  • 4. Artist's Palette

    Geological Site

    So called for the contrasting colors of its volcanic deposits and sedimentary layers, this is one of the signature sights of Death Valley. Artist...Read More

  • 5. Badwater

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater is the lowest spot of land in North America—and also one of the hottest. Stairs and wheelchair ramps descend...Read More

  • 6. Ballarat Ghost Town

    Ghost Town

    This crusty, dusty town saw its heyday between 1897 and 1917. There's a store-museum where you can grab a cold soda before venturing out to...Read More

  • 7. Bishop Mule Days


    Entertainment at this five-day festival over the Memorial Day weekend includes top country-music stars, an arts-and-crafts fair, barbecues,...Read More

  • 8. Charcoal Kilns


    Ten well-preserved stone kilns, each 25 feet high and 30 feet wide, stand as if on parade. The kilns, built by Chinese laborers for a mining...Read More

  • 9. Death Valley 49er Encampment Days


    Originally a centennial celebration held in 1949 to honor the area's first European visitors, this five-day event draws thousands of people...Read More

  • 10. Death Valley Adventure Tour


    Motorcycle enthusiasts can sign up for a guided Death Valley Adventure Tour that starts and ends in Las Vegas. The five-day tour through Death...Read More

  • 11. Death Valley Chamber of Commerce Art Show


    Admission is free for this arts-and-crafts show and sale weekend, held on the lawn of The Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Ranch at Furnace Creek). ...Read More

  • 12. Devil's Golf Course

    Geological Site

    Thousands of miniature salt pinnacles carved into surreal shapes by the desert wind dot this wildly varied landscape. The salt was pushed up...Read More

  • 13. Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Museum

    Information Center

    The exhibits and artifacts here provide a broad overview of how Death Valley formed; you can pick up maps at the bookstore run by the Death...Read More

  • 14. Gadabout Tours


    Take four-day trips through Death Valley and other stops in May and November. ...Read More

  • 15. Golden Canyon

    Geological Site

    Just south of Furnace Creek, these glimmering mountains are perhaps best known for their role in the original Star Wars. The canyon is also...Read More

  • 16. Harmony Borax Works

    Historic District/Site

    Death Valley's mule teams hauled borax from here to the railroad town of Mojave, 165 miles away. The teams plied the route until 1889, when...Read More

  • 17. Highway 395

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    For a gorgeous view of the eastern Sierra, travel north of Death Valley along Highway 395 where you'll discover wandering elk herds, trout hatcheries...Read More

  • 18. Junior Ranger Program


    Children can join this program at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, where they can pick up a workbook and complete activities to earn a souvenir...Read More

  • 19. Lone Pine Film Festival


    Every Columbus Day weekend, this town pays tribute to its Hollywood history with three days of tours, films, lectures, and celebrity panels. ...Read More

  • 20. Racetrack

    Geological Site

    Getting here involves a 28-mile journey over a washboard dirt road, but the reward is well worth the trip. Where else in the world do rocks...Read More

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