Death Valley Summer Visit

Aa woman drinks water while hiking on the dunes.
Carry and drink plenty of water in the summer months.

NPS/Kurt Moses

Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth. In the summer months (May-September) temperatures average over 100°F (38°C), and often exceed 120°F (49°C).

Many visitors come here in the summer specifically to experience the extreme heat. The main points of interest remain open, but it is highly recommended to stay on paved roads and close to your vehicle. Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable summer visit:

Drink and Carry Plenty of Water: Drink at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per day to replace loss from sweat; drink more if you are active. Sweating also leads to salt loss, so be sure to eat salty foods or drink electrolyte beverages in addition to water.

Travel Prepared to Survive: Stay on paved roads in summer. If your car breaks down, stay with it until help comes. Carry extra drinking water in your car in case of emergency. Ensure you have proper equipment for changing tires, as tow companies can be hours away. Have an emergency plan, including sharing your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member not on your trip.

Watch for Signs of Trouble: If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or get a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink water or a sports drink. Dampen clothing to lower body temperature. Be alert for symptoms in others. Heat illness can be severe and sometimes deadly.

Don't Hike at Low Elevations: Summer temperatures make hiking in the desert dangerous. We do not recommend hiking in the lower elevations in the summer. Many visitors underestimate the intensity of the Death Valley sun; even when temperatures are in the 80s (27°C) and 90s F (32°C), it can be deadly. Fortunately, temperatures in the mountains are much cooler than on the valley floor and the mountains can be great summer hiking destinations.


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      Last updated: June 4, 2023

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