Death Valley National Park

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  • 1. Dante's View

    Viewpoint

    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. Darwin Falls

    Trail

    This lovely, 2-mile round-trip hike rewards you with a refreshing year-round waterfall surrounded by thick vegetation and a rocky gorge. No...Read More

  • 3. Randsburg

    Town/Village

    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

  • 4. Telescope Peak Trail

    Trail

    The 14-mile round-trip (with 3,000 feet of elevation gain) trail begins at Mahogany Flat Campground, which is accessible by a rough dirt road...Read More

  • 5. Artists Drive

    Scenic Drive

    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

  • 6. Artists Palette

    Nature Sight

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

  • 7. Badwater Basin

    Nature Sight

    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

  • 8. Ballarat Ghost Town

    Ghost Town

    Although not officially in Death Valley, Ballarat—a crusty, dusty town that saw its heyday between 1897 and 1917—might make an interesting stop...Read More

  • 9. Bishop Mule Days

    Festival–Sight

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

  • 10. Charcoal Kilns

    Mine

    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

  • 11. Death Valley 49er Encampment Days

    Festival–Sight

    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

  • 12. Death Valley Chamber of Commerce Art Show

    Festival–Sight

    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

  • 13. Devil's Golf Course

    Nature Sight

    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

  • 14. Fall Canyon Trail

    Trail

    This is a 3-mile, one-way hike from the Titus canyon parking area. First, walk ½ mile north along the base of the mountains to a large wash...Read More

  • 15. Gadabout Tours

    Tour–Sight

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

  • 16. Golden Canyon

    Nature Sight

    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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Highway 395

    Scenic Drive

    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

  • 19. Junior Ranger Program

    Tour–Sight

    Children can pick up a workbook and complete activities to earn a souvenir badge. ...Read More

  • 20. Keane Wonder Mine

    Mine

    The tram towers and cables from the old mill used to process gold from Keane Wonder Mine are still here, leading up to the mine. The access...Read More

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