Nature & Science

The snow-capped Panamint Mountains rise more than 11,000 feet above the nation's lowest elevation, -282 feet Badwater Basin.

Death Valley: The name is forbidding and gloomy. Yet here you can find colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, beautiful sand dunes, rugged canyons, the driest and lowest spot in North America, and the hottest in the world.

A desert bighorn sheep ram faces the camera from a hillside

Death Valley has nearly 400 species of native wildlife!

Death Valley has over 1,000 plant species.

Death Valley has more than 1,000 described plant species ranging from ancient bristlecone pines to ephemeral spring wildflowers.

Burros in Death Valley.
Environmental Factors

Climate change, invasive species, pollution, and mining all affect Death Valley.

Geology and more!
Natural Features & Ecosystems

Geology, geography, faults, springs and water features, the Racetrack, Devil's Hole and more!

Yellow flowers in bloom with a brown canyon background
Death Valley as a Biosphere Reserve

Much more than its name, Death Valley is an active world of contrasts and extremes.

pupfish being picked out of a blue bucket with a small net
Research Permits

To apply for a scientific research and collecting permit, visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website.


Last updated: January 4, 2022

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P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


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