Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is situated on the California–Nevada border, east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The park includes Death Valley, the northern section of Panamint Valley, the southern section of Eureka Valley and most of Saline Valley. The park occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts. Habitats include salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons and mountains. Death Valley is the largest national park in the lower 48 states, as well as the hottest, driest and lowest of the national parks in the United States. The hottest air temperature ever recorded in Death Valley was 57°C (134°F) at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. It contains Badwater Basin, the second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 86 meter (282 feet) below sea level. The park is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment.

Death Valley was protected as a national monument by President Herbert Hoover in 1933 and proclaimed as a national park in 1994.



Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), Death Valley

Death Valley National Park


Death Valley National Park - dry land

Death Valley National Park


Arid landscape

Arid landscape with Creosote Bush


Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Death Valley conglomerate bedrock


Death Valley National Park - Badwater Road

Dry riverbed


Salt pan

Martian landscape - Devils Golf Course


Salt crystals

Death Valley


Mirage in the desert. Is that water?

Mud pan


Salt pan

Salty soil


Salt pan situated 85 meters below sea level

Natural bridge


Desert Five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia)

Chuckwalla lizard (Sauromalus obesus)



Death Valley - Artists Palette


Artists Palette

Dry terrain


Artists Palette

Furnace Creek Visitor Center


Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point


Zabriskie Point parking lot

The Valley


Dante's View

Dante's View is a viewpoint terrace at 1,669 m height, on the north side of Coffin Peak, along the crest of the Black Mountains, overlooking Death Valley.




Thorny vegetation - Spiny Menodora Olive (Menodora spinescens)


Mountain vegetation

Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar), introduced game bird



Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)


South of Death Valley