Death Valley National Park is the Largest National Park in the lower 48 states (over 3 million acres). Only one park, Denali, in Alaska is larger.
Death Valley National Park is one of the few Winter Parks in the National Park System as it is pleasantly warm during the winter months during which most of the other parks in the system are covered with snow. HOT in the summer. Death Valley holds the record for being the hottest place in the Western Hemisphere. Only one other location on earth has ever had a hotter recorded temperature on a single day. Death Valley has also recorded the HOTTEST MONTH at an average daytime temperature in the month of July of over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Within the borders of the park are mountains over 11,000 feet in height and valley basins over 200 feet below sea level - the lowest points in the entire Western Hemisphere. Death Valley is home to animal species that can survive their entire lives without ever taking a drink of water. They can survive from the moisture that they take in from the plant life that they eat alone.
Death Valley provides an open air display of some of the oldest exposed geology on Earth! Also - Death Valley has geologic formations as young as 10,000 years old. If you are interested in the geologic history of the Earth - Death Valley is one of the best places on earth to study and observe that history.
If late Winter and early Spring conditions are just right, Death Valley erupts in incredible displays of desert wildflower mass blooms that stretch for miles. The last major park-wide bloom was in the Spring of 2005. You can see a picture of one of the areas in bloom in 2005 right here on our website. The wildflower blooms are so incredible that people travel from all parts of the world just to see these amazing fields of wildflowers set against the dramatic backdrop of Death Valley's colorfully banded mountain ranges and sand dunes. Natural Beauty - the combination of remarkable and colorful geologic formations and varying and dramatic lighting conditions within the valley combine to make Death Valley visually unique. The park is a popular place for both professional and amateur photographers to visit.