The main road transecting Death Valley National Park from east to west is California Highway 190.On the east in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty's Junction (State Route 267), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373).
Intense heat in the summer months is what makes Death Valley famous, but the cooler months make for some of the best times to explore the desert. Shoulder months of summer can still have temperatures that make it dangerous to be hiking in the park, plan prior to traveling by checking what the weather will be during your trip.More about Death Valley's Weather
Death Valley National Park charges an entrance fee year-round. More information can be found on the fees and passes page.
Please note that some activities, like staying in park campgrounds, have additional costs.
Holders of a current pass that is part of the nationwide America the Beautiful series do not need to pay the park entrance fee. Learn more about the America the Beautiful nationwide pass program.
At over 3.4 million acres (93% of which is designated wilderness), Death Valley is the largest U.S. National Park outside of Alaska. This vast park protects the lowest place in North America, expansive salt flats, rugged mountains, deep and winding canyons, rolling sand dunes, spring-fed oases, important historic and cultural sites and endangered plant and animal species. Whether you only have an afternoon to explore this desert landscape or you return year after year, Death Valley has something for everyone and careful planning will help make your visit safe and enjoyable.
Last updated: December 16, 2023