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Guide Winter 2020/2021
Winter edition of the Visitor Guide for Death Valley National Park (NP) in Nevada and California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Winter Visitor Guide T.VANDERLAY Death Valley National Park Sunset from Dantes View Welcome to Your Death Valley Adventure Visiting the Park During COVID-19 Death Valley takes the health of its visitors, staff, and partners seriously. We encourage you to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You Should: Maintain a 6-foot distance from others who aren't in your group. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands frequently. Soap may not always be available; bring your own. se 2019 (COVID-19) What to Expect During this pandemic, park managers will be assessing local conditions & guidance from local, state, and national health officials, and will respond to changing conditions. Facilities such as visitor centers, restaurants, campgrounds, and bathrooms will be open when possible, but may close due to health guidance or staffing. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to navigate this pandemic in a safe and responsible manner. nts on Dialysis Safe Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wear a mask in all buildings (Inyo county ss that can spread from personorto person, where requirement) a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained, such as on a busy trail. s h soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer Hottest, Driest, Lowest Death Valley National Park is the hottest place on Earth, with a recorded temperature of 134 °F (57°C) on July 10, 1913. It is also the driest U.S. national park, and Badwater Basin (-282 feet) features the lowest elevation in North America! In the cooler winter months, endless exploration and a diversity of experiences await you. Hiking, visiting historic sites, traveling backcountry roads, and seeing the night skies are only a few of the opportunities available! These conditions come together to make Death Valley a land of extremes, where the powerful heat is a force of nature, and the air further dries everything it contacts. With over 3 million acres of federally designated Wilderness, so many adventures await! Walk among majestic sand dunes, navigate twisted slot canyons, climb rocky peaks, or stroll along salt flats during your Death Valley adventure. This summer, Death Valley reached 128°F, which was the hottest recorded temperature anywhere on Earth since 2017—again making history with our heat! More Inside... Safety & Rules �������������������������������������� 2 Entrance Fees and Passes ��������������������� 2 Protect Yourself & Your Pets ����������������� 3 Things to See ��������������������������������������� 4 Hiking Trails ����������������������������������������� 5 Park Map ������������������������������������������ 6-7 For Kids! ���������������������������������������������� 8 Wilderness ������������������������������������������� 8 Bicycles ������������������������������������������������ 8 Sunrise, Sunset & Night Skies ��������������� 9 Nature & Culture�������������������������������� 10 Wildlife ���������������������������������������������� 11 Visitor Services ���������������������������������� 12 Camping�������������������������������������������� 12 Inside this trip-planning guide learn how to safely explore and enjoy this amazing national park. Junior Ranger Program Free Junior Ranger books are available at the visitor center or can be downloaded from our website. Learn about the park and complete activities to earn a badge! If you are unable to turn in your booklet in person, email pictures of your book to DEVA_information@ nps.gov and a ranger will check your work virtually! Death Valley National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Parks are Living Museums Set aside as a National Monument in 1933, becoming a National Park in 1994, and expanded again in 2019, Death Valley National Park conserves remarkable biodiversity over incredible elevation changes all within the impressive vistas in this Wilderness setting� Park Mailing Address Death Valley National Park PO Box 579 Death Valley, CA 92328 Email DEVA_information@nps�gov Phone 760-786-3200 Park Website www�nps�gov/deva Park Social Media Facebook�com/DeathValleyNPS Instagram�com/DeathValleyNPS The National Park Service cares for the special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage� EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ Entrance Fee Required Support your park by paying the required entrance fee at a visitor center or at one of the automated fee machines placed throughout the park� Already have one of the passes listed below? Enjoy the park! 7-day Passes Vehicle and Passenger ������������������������ $30 Motorcycle����������������������������������������� $25 Individual entering on bicycle or foot�� $15 Annual Passes Death Valley Annual Pass ������������������� $55 Interagency Annual Pass �������������������� $80 Interagency Annual Senior Pass ���������� $20 (for U�S� citizens aged 62+) Interagency Annual Military Pass ������� Free (for active duty military and dependents) Lifetime Passes Interagency Lifetime Senior Pass ��������� $80 (for U�S� citizens aged 62+) Interagency Access Pass �������������������� Free (for U�S� citizens with a perm� disability) E.HOERNER The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916, "��� to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife[���] and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations�” Important Protection Measures Help protect yourself and the park by following these regulations: Obey speed limits and do not stop in traffic lanes— park safely on the shoulder. Drive only on roads; tire tracks scar the desert for decades and destroy the pristine beauty of the park. Camp only in established campgrounds or in a permitted backcountry area. Check at a ranger station or visitor center for backcountry camping information. Please recycle. Propane cylinder recycle bins are located in most campgrounds where you can leave both empty and full canisters. Stay out of closed areas. Mines, service roads, and other areas are closed for your safety. Campfires are allowed in established metal fire pits only. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Check for fire restrictions before camping. Pets are only allowed on roads and in developed areas. Pets are prohibited in Wilderness, on trails, and in buildings. Park dirt roads provide great places for exploring with pets. Keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Put garbage where it belongs. Litter spoils the experience for others. Even fruit peels can take years to decompose here. It is illegal to discharge a firearm anywhere in Death Valley or to bring one into a federal building. Hunting and trapping are illegal in the park. Feeding animals is illegal and dangerous. Once fed by people, animals tend to beg near roads, which endangers the animals and visitors. Rocks, plants, animals, and historic objects are protected just like in a museum. Picking flowers, stacking rocks, and poaching are not allowed. Despite being legalized by California and Nevada, possession or use of marijuana is illegal on federal lands like national parks. The use of drones/UAVs is prohibited in the park. Stop Damage in its Tracks! Death Valley is seeing an increase in damage from illegal off-road driving; you can help solve this problem by staying on designated roads and reporting incidents to rangers. These Scars Can Last a Lifetime Driving off roads scars the fragile desert landscape, leaving damage that can last for decades. These tracks don't just disappear with the next rainfall! Visitors come from around the world to enjoy the vast landscapes and scenic beauty. This photographer's paradise is diminished by every track that cuts through the pristine and unblemished desert; don't let poor decisions ruin others' enjoyment. Wildflowers & Wildlife It is Illegal Tires crush and destroy native plants. Ruts compact soils and break up important soil crusts, which prevents plants like wildflowers from growing in future years. In addition to harming the park, driving off roads is also illegal. A person driving off-road can be fined at least $750 and/or get 6 months of jail time (36 CFR § 4.10). Tires also spread seeds from weeds which crowd out native wildflowers and cause health problems for wildlife. There are areas on nearby BLM and Forest Service land where "off roading" is permitted in accordance with these agencies' policies. National Parks are set aside for conservation as well as recreation that does not damage the resources they protect. Further, driving off roads threatens the endangered desert tortoise, and can crush them while they hibernate. Other passes honored Golden Age, Golden Access, Volunteer, and 4th Grade (Every Kid Outdoors)� NPS PHOTO The fees you pay make a difference! Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, the park uses these funds for critical projects that improve visitor services and protect natural and cultural resources such as: • Maintaining and repairing campgrounds and park facilities� • Providing education programs that reach thousands of students� • Providing emergency medical service� • Improving accessibility� Extensive damage from illegal offroad driving on salt flats. 2 Visitor Guide NPS PHOTO Safety and Travel Information Protecting Yourself and Your Pets Pets in the Park Death Valley may be wild and unfamiliar country, but it need not be dangerous. Please review these safety considerations. Medical care can be hours away. Dehydration occurs quickly here! Carry and drink water—at least 1 gallon per person per day. As you exercise, you lose salt and water (over a quart and a half per hour while hiking). You need both to survive in this extreme environment. Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake as the diuretic effects can add to dehydration. Protect your body—skin burns fast here. Find shade, wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a brimmed hat. Wear long-sleeves, trousers, and good shoes. Plan Ahead Know road and weather conditions. When traveling off paved roads or into the backcountry, call someone at home and tell them specifically where you are going. Free backcountry permits are available at visitor centers—we can find you faster if we know where to look. Technology and Phones Devices are great but can be deadly to rely upon. Cellphone service is very limited in the park. GPS devices frequently recommend "shortcuts" onto unmaintained roads. Use a map, compass, and common sense. Flash Floods During rain, avoid hiking in canyons. When driving, evaluate water on roads before crossing; floods can remove road sections and muddy water hides debris and large rocks. Mine Hazards Do not enter mine shafts or tunnels; they might be unstable, have hidden pits, pockets of poisonous gases, or be home to wildlife. Stay Out—Stay Alive! Driving Vehicle accidents are the single largest cause of serious injury or death in the park! Sharp turns lead to rollover accidents. Enjoy the scenery when parked and follow speed limits. Prepare for Breakdowns In case of vehicle trouble, stay with your car. You'll have shade and be easier to find. If you're on a dirt road, plan on changing a flat tire at least once. Be aware that most rental cars do not have spare tires and agreements do not cover unpaved roads, resulting in expensive towing fees. NPS/E. HOERNER Heat Partnerships This is the official non-profit partner of Death Valley National Park. They operate bookstores at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station. They also offer classes through the Death Valley Field Institute. Death Valley National Park is the hottest place on Earth, with the record setting temperature of 134 °F (57°C) measured on July 10, 1913! Your support makes a difference. You can also shop online or learn about memberships at www.dvnha.org. Death Valley Conservancy Incorporated in 2008, this non-profit group was founded by dedicated Death Valley enthusiasts as a way to develop support and fund projects and programs that enhance research, education, and historic preservation. Donations to this philanthropic group have helped support school group visits, restoration projects for Scotty's Castle, exact replicas of the Borax Wagons, Devils Hole pupfish research, and additional education and outreach programs to help share the wonders of Death Valley. Many of the past few years have continued to set daily or monthly heat records, with 7 heat records made in 2020 in May & June alone! Average monthly temperatures for low elevations: Month Maximum Minimum January 67°F (19°C) 40°F (4°C) February 73°F (23°C) 46°F (8°C) March 82°F (27°C) 55°F (13°C) April 90°F (32°C) 62°F (17°C) May 100°F (38°C) 73°F (23°C) June 110°F (43°C) 81°F (27°C) July 116°F (47°C) 88°F (31°C) August 115°F (46°C) 86°F (30°C) September 106°F (41°C) 76°F (24°C) October 93°F (34°C) 61°F (16°C) November 77°F (25°C) 48°F (9°C) December 65°F (18°C) 38°F (3°C) NPS PHOTO Since 1954, the association has donated over six and a half million dollars to the park, helping fund projects including wilderness restoration, printing books, supporting the Dark Sky Festival, transportation grants to bring in school groups, funding interns, historic preservation work at Scotty's Castle, and much more. • Pets are not allowed on trails, off roads, or in Wilderness areas� Your pet can only go where your car can go� • Walk pets only on dirt or paved roads� Be sure to stop and feel the ground often in order to ensure paws won't be burned! • Pets need to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times� • You may not leave your pet unattended in vehicles if it creates a danger to the animal, or if the animal becomes a nuisance� Minutes in a hot car can kill� • If you plan to hike, someone must stay behind with the pet, or you will need to make arrangements with a kennel service� There is no kennel service in the park� • Park regulations require that you clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles� Average Temperatures Many programs across the National Park Service are built on partnerships and philanthropy, helping expand opportunities and outreach. Death Valley Natural History Association Bringing a pet to Death Valley may limit some of your activities and explorations in the park� Follow these pet regulations to ensure a safer, more enjoyable visit for yourselves, other park visitors, your pet, and the park's wildlife� Death Valley Natural History Association's bookstore in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Visitor Guide 3 Must-See Locations Check out the options below and the map on PAGE 6 for location information for these popular places. 1 - 2 Hours — The do-not-miss list for a visit to Death Valley! Location Badwater Basin Artists Drive Description Walking Required? Travel from Furnace Creek The lowest point in North America, at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level, a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. You can see the salt flat from your vehicle. A short walk would take you onto the salt flats. 17 mi (27 km) south on Badwater Road 30 minute A scenic loop drive through multi-hued hills. The 9 mile (14.5 km) drive is one-way; open to vehicles less than 25 ft (7.6 m) in total length. Enjoy the views from your vehicle. A short stop at Artists Palette would require exiting your vehicle. Entrance to the one way road is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) south on Badwater Road 15 minutes Golden colored badlands and a spectacular spot for sunrise. A 1/4 mi (400 m) distance, 60 ft (18 m) elevation gain walk up a paved path to the viewpoint from the parking area. 4.8 mi (7.7 km) east on Highway 190 15 minutes Zabriskie Point Extra few hours — Stop at one of these unique spots! Location Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Dantes View Keane Wonder Mine Description Walking Required? Travel from Furnace Creek Tawny dunes smoothly rise nearly 100 ft (30 m) from Mesquite Flat. The dunes can be viewed from your vehicle. 22.4 mi (36 km) west on Highway 190 30 minutes Breathtaking viewpoint over 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above Death No walking required. Valley. It was updated in spring ADA accessible viewing 2018 — check out the new platform. exhibits! 12 mi (19 km) east on Highway 190; 13.2 mi (21 km) on Dantes View Road 1 hour Best example of a historic gold mine in the park with an intact aerial tramway. Please do not climb on structures or enter mines. Road can be very rough and may require 4x4. 10.6 mi (17 km) west on Highway 190; 5.6 mi (9 km) on Beatty Cutoff Road to the unpaved, rough road 35 minutes A 1/4 mi (400 m) distance, 85 ft (25 m) elevation gain walk from the parking area to the lowest tram terminal. Half Day Adventures — Add these longer adventures to see different parts of the park! Location Ubehebe Crater Charcoal Kilns Father Crowley Vista Point 4 Visitor Guide Walking Required? Travel from Furnace Creek The view is a short walk from your vehicle. 17.1 mi (27.5 km) west on Highway 190; 33.4 mi (53.8 km) on North Highway to Ubehebe Crater Road 1.5 hours These ten beehive-shaped structures are among the best preserved in the west. Built in 1876 to provide fuel to process silver/lead ore. The kilns can be viewed from your vehicle. 33.6 mi (54 km) west on Highway 190; 28.2 mi (45.4 km) on Emigrant Canyon Road 2 mi (3 km) are gravel 1.5 hours A landscape of lava flows and volcanic cinders gives way to the colorful layers of Rainbow Canyon. Possible viewing of military training flights. A view into Rainbow Canyon is a short walk from your vehicle. 62.8 mi (101 km) west on Highway 190 1.5 hours Description Hundreds of years ago, a massive volcanic explosion caused by magma mixing with an underground spring left a 600 ft (183 m) deep crater. (Photos byWeston Kessler) Get Out and Hike! Check out the options below and the map on page 6 for location information for these popular hikes • Before starting a hike check weather conditions, and inquire about current road conditions� Avoid hiking in canyons when rain is possible; flash floods are possible with rain falling miles away� • Always carry water� Two liters per person for a short winter day hike, and four liters or more in the summer and for longer hikes� • Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on trails or off roads, but hundreds of miles of dirt roads offer unforgettable adventures� • Constructed trails are rare in this park� Trails are provided in places that are heavily used and sensitive to damage� If a trail is there, please use it� Most hiking routes in the park are cross-country, up canyons, or along ridges� Footing can be rough and rocky� • Hiking in low elevations can be dangerous when it is hot� The high peaks can be covered with snow in winter and spring� • Pack out all trash, including toilet paper� Round Trip Elevation Gain Harmony Borax Works 0.4 mi (0.6 km) 50 ft (15 m) ADA accessible loop around a mining site where 20-Mule Team wagons began their grueling 165-mile journey south to the Mojave Railroad Depot. b Salt Creek Interpretive Trail 0.5 mi (0.8 km) flat ADA accessible loop. Wooden boardwalk through salt marsh and rare pupfish habitat. Pupfish can usually be seen in the spring. Great for birding. Unpaved road is typically passable in a sedan. c Badwater Salt Flat 1 mi (1.6 km) flat ADA accessible out and back. Scenic walk out to the classic geometric shapes in the salt flats and the lowest point in North America. Natural Bridge 1 mi (1.6 km) 180 ft (26 m) Out and back hike up a dramatic canyon to natural bridge formation. Unpaved access road is typically passable in a sedan, but subject to wash-outs. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes 2 mi (3.2 km) 185 ft (56 m) Hike through the largest dune field in the park to the tallest summit. Go during sunrise, sunset, or full moon lighting for unforgettable experiences. Round Trip Elevation Gain Description Ubehebe Crater Rim 1.5 mi (2.4 km) 500 ft (152 m) Loop hike around the rim of a 600 ft (183 m) deep maar volcano. Head around the loop counterclockwise to include Little Ubehebe Crater. g Darwin Falls* 2 mi (3.2 km) 450 ft (137 m) Out and back hike to desert waterfall. Minor rock scrambling and stream crossing. This is a source of drinking water—no swimming. Unmarked gravel access road just west of Panamint Springs. h Badlands Loop/Golden Canyon/ Gower Gulch Loop 2.7 mi (4.3 km) to 4.3 mi (6.9 km) 535 ft (163 m) to 850 ft (259 m) Trailheads at Golden Canyon and Zabriskie Point provide access to colorful canyons carved through golden badlands. Rangers recommend starting at Golden Canyon and walking the loop back through Gower Gulch. i Desolation Canyon 3.6 mi (5.8 km) 600 ft (183 m) Out and back hike through canyons made of colorful badlands similar to Artists Palette. Some rock scrambling required. No signs, follow the canyon. The unsigned gravel access road is typically passable in a sedan. j Sidewinder Canyon 5 mi (8.4 km) 1,580 ft (482 m) Out and back hike into slot canyons hidden within a labyrinth of drainages. Some scrambling required. No signs; navigation required. Free map available. Unpaved access road is typically passable in a sedan. k Fall Canyon 6 mi (9.6 km) 2,460 ft (752 m) Out and back hike. This canyon with towering walls is a great place to look for bighorn sheep. From the exit of Titus Canyon, hike north on the route near restroom before dropping into the wash at the canyon mouth. l Dantes Ridge 8 mi (13 km) 1,200 ft (366 m) This out and back informal path from Dantes View heads north along the ridge toward Mt. Perry. Unobstructed views begin immediately and only get better. No signs, route is unclear in a few places. Easy a d e Moderate f Description m Panamint Dunes* 7 mi (11.3 km) 1,028 ft (313 m) Out and back cross-country hike north up Panamint Valley from Lake Hill Road. The pristine dunes are visible in the distance from the bend in the road, but there is no signage. The unpaved road is not marked. n Mosaic Canyon 4 mi (6.4 km) 1,200 ft (366 m) Out and back hike within polished marble narrows filled with unique color patterns. Use caution on the slick rock surfaces; some rock scrambling is required. Unpaved access road is typically passable in a sedan. Round Trip Elevation Gain 2,200 ft (671 m) Out and back trail through pinyon-juniper woodlands to 9,064 ft (2,763 m) peak. The final two miles of the access road are gravel, but typically passable in a sedan. Snow and icy trail conditions possible in the winter. 3,000 ft (914 m) Out and back trail to the highest peak in Death Valley at 11,049 ft (3,368 m). The trail starts at Mahogany Flat. The final five miles (8 km) of the gravel access road require high clearance. Road closes due to icy winter conditions. Difficult o Wildrose Peak 8.4 mi (13.5 km) p Telescope Peak* 14 mi (22.5 km) Description (*) High clearance/4x4 vehicle recommended Visitor Guide 5 I N L I N Y d HANGING L M L E Cerro Gordo Peak 9184ft 2799m K SO N RA Deep sand NG Crankshaft Junction O N U O D WO N VALLEY Sand N O S E N O W S IN TA MO U N Flat In winter carry chains. Road may be closed. NYON CA T TE 8mi 13km LL WA L AL CA US TIT N NYO CA Two-way to mouth of Titus Canyon. n FL AT H k D RE E Wahguyhe Peak U T Mosaic Canyon N 9mi 14km S C Red Pass Corkscrew Peak Sa lt b 10mi 16km Salt Creek Interpretive Trail 7mi 11km Information 7mi 11km Information Death Valley Hells Gate Buttes Kit Fox Hills Stovepipe Wells Village Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Sand Dunes I Thimble Peak e A Historic Stovepipe Well N CA Mount Palmer 7979ft 2432m Scottys Junction Cutoff TO OT A 33mi 53km N 267 16mi 26km N NYO CA Grapevine Peak 8738ft EY 2663m 26mi 42km 95 To Tonopah and Reno Pa Da y ss Daylight Pass 4316ft 1316m 19mi 30km ht lig 190 374 Keane Wonder Mill and Mine Chloride Cliff Ro d one way O 12mi 19km Mine Rhyolite (ghost town) 35mi 56km A O T N T A A R BA Winters Peak 5033ft 1534m U Indian Pass M Beatty I RE N G S O 95 S A 29mi 46km D E Big Dune S E R T Amargosa Valley Lathrop Wells Other Passes honored Golden Age & Golden Access, Volunteer, Every Kid Outdoors (4th Grade Pass) Commercial Tour Groups most obtain a special permit (for U.S. citizens with disability) Interagency Access Pass ...................... free (for U.S. citizens 62+) Lifetime Pass Interagency Senior Pass....................... $80 NELLIS AIR F OR CE BOMBING AND G U NNER Y R ANG E (for active duty military & dependents) Single Visit Pass (valid up to 7 days) Vehicle & passengers ............................ $30 Motorcycle .............................................. $25 Individual on bicycle / foot ............... $15 Annual Pass Death Valley Annual Pass .................... $55 Interagency Annual Pass ..................... $80 Interagency Annual Senior Pass ....... $20 Interagency Military Pass..................... free Pay the park entrance fee at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station, or at one of the fee machines placed throughout the park. Entrance Fees L South Pass White Top Mountain E Hunter Mountain 7454ft 2272m Ulida Flat HIDDEN O In winter carry chains. Road may be closed. The Grandstand Mesquite Spring TT C O P A The Racetrack 20mi 32km 3000ft 914m 266 UI Homestake Dry Camp 7mi 11km f CA NEV LIF AD OR A NI A Deep sand Gold Point D le E st LOS a C ’s d C ttyRoa Ubehebe o Crater Sc nd Grapevine a Tin Mountain 8953ft 2729m 72km Lida 45mi Teakettle Junction Sharp rock; requires heavyduty tires. Dry Mountain 8674ft 2644m Ubehebe Peak 5678ft 1731m Steel Pass Road conditions require experienced four-wheel drivers. Eureka Dunes T RACETRACK NEL Y Warm Springs A SQ 18mi 29km S S A ME d 136 N s lat sF I Saline Valley Dunes Ro a E V Roa A Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center A N EY LL VA le s C a st Scotty’ To Manzanar National Historic Site CA Pin e GO ON NY CA LAS Last Chance Mountain 8456ft 2577m G E R A N O Lone Pine Mount Inyo 11107ft 3385m k as FOREST J ac NATIONAL In winter carry chains. Road may be closed. MA R B L E Big CUCO MUN 266 Lida Junction PH IN N SYLVANIA MOUNTAINS N L I S A INYO To Big Pine Valley C ow horn To Big Pine N YO w W illo 168 To Dyer A Racetra ck Ro ad Y D MA RBL E E A y Beatt C N M R N ON OC N G E R A A G U C AN Y IE NN L BO T FL A IRE CL A EK L T F E R O OD CE AN CH ON R V A C E A N C H I M N NW ON C ANY V NY S T L A d Roa R E F Big e Pin ON G A P NY EU B S T 6 Visitor Guide R O ITA N O TH ERE AN YO N H FIS KE LA CANYO C U TAI DC AN YO N ON NY CA R T A UN MU LE TU S A A L a F MO M A S k C r ee I N M A VALLEY LE E E E L L V A To Las Vegas LOS A N GELES A Q UEDUCT AQ CT DU UE 178 14 395 Wheelchair-accessible Salt Ranger station Campground High clearance recommended Four-wheel-drive road 13mi 21km To San Bernardino BR 395 Hiking trail Telephone Area below sea level Unpaved road Food service RIDGECREST Drinking water 178 Trip planning Pg. 2 Picnic area 25mi 40km Airstrip Restroom Sanitary disposal station Store Gas station Lodging Timbisha Shoshone trust lands Paved road # To Artists Drive and Badwater Trona 15mi 24km S EAR LES LAK E 31mi 50km CA NY PL p Bennett Peak A NT CANYON CANYON Porter Peak QU WAR M CAN YON MOU NTA INS Sugarloaf Peak YON CAN NG ing at N ay ce Artists Palette Badwater L W e H Lost Lake S h as id D E A Natural Bridge j 5475ft 1669m 3mi 5km Smith Mountain 5912ft 1802m GOLD Owl Lake M CO NF ID EN CE HI LL S 3040ft 927m Pyramid Peak 6703ft 2043m V E ALL Ha rry Ro 18mi 29km 20mi 32km Jubilee Pass 1290ft 390m ad North W ad e Jubilee Mountain Y Funeral Peak 6384ft 1945m Schwaub Peak Vehicles longer than 25 feet (7.7 meters) not allowed. Shoreline Butte Ashford Mill (ruins) 27mi 43km Mormon Point R o ad l Trailer parking 13mi 21km Hole in the Wall Information CANYO N Dantes View d Vehicles longer than 25 feet (7.7 meters) not allowed. 10mi 16km Cr ee k 20 Mule Team Canyon Badwater Basin Lowest elevation in North America, 282ft (86m) below sea level c na Zabriskie Point Nevares Peak HO F OR T IR WIN MILIT AR Y R ESER V AT ION W 11mi 17km o Artists SEE DETAIL MAP BELOW Devils Golf Course i 6mi 9km 40mi 64km CANY O ENA GAL CANYON Eagle Borax Works (ruins) SPRI AIL h Golden Canyon Harmony Borax Works MUSTARD CANYON CANYON CANYON V A L LEY ON JOH NS SPRING Needle Peak Road conditions require experienced four-wheel drivers. Mengel Pass N AH A UP HAN Thorndike Mahogany Flat Sentinel Peak 9636ft 2937m Striped Butte YO DEATH CA N 8133ft 2479m TRAIL Charcoal Kilns Panamint City (ghost town) NA V A L A IR W EA PO NS ST A T IO N CH INA LA K E GOLER Manly Peak 7196ft 2193m Day use only 6433ft 1961m a Furnace Creek Aguereberry Point Telescope Peak 11049ft 3368m Road may be closed due to snow. Rogers Peak Road conditions require experienced four-wheel drivers. EAS Ballarat (ghost town) RISE SURP ON Wildrose Peak 9064ft 2763m o Emigrant Pass 5318ft 1621m Eureka Mine CANYON 21mi 34km Harrisburg Flats Skidoo (townsite) Day use only 6732ft 2052m TUCKI MOUNTAIN Wildrose NEMO Rough, narrow, winding road. Vehicles longer than 25 feet(7.7 meters) not allowed. OSE LDR WI Pinto Peak C Vehicles longer than 25 feet (7.7 meters) not allowed. Emigrant V 0 1 0 A L 1 L 190 E Y 4mi 6km 127 To Baker 24mi 39km To Tecopa and Las Vegas To Pahrump and Las Vegas Shoshone 178 28mi 45km Ibex Pass 10 Miles 6mi 9km Ibex Dunes Brown Peak 4947ft 1508m 10 Kilometers Saratoga Spring Salsberry Pass 3315ft 1010m 25mi 41km To Pahrump and Las Vegas Eagle Mountain 3806ft 1160m Amargosa Opera House d oa eR Lin e t Sta Devils Hole Death Valley National Park ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Refuge Headquarters Death Valley Junction Deadman Pass 3263ft 994m 127 23mi 37km 373 E To Los Angeles A V A D N E CA NY ON 178 190 To Death Valley Junction 190 18mi 29km A EE MA N R A E R I S Vehicles, including bicycles, must stay on roads. 0.5 Mile 0.5 Kilometer Timbisha Shoshone Village (private) Inn at Death Valley Texas Springs NY Panamint Springs CA NE OIG L E M ON Y CAN Towne Pass 4956ft 1511m T Y L E N G R A To Lake Isabella LOS ANGELES L 0 0 Borax Museum Sunset To Stovepipe Wells Darwin g Father Crowley Darwin Vista Point Falls H ILLS Ranch at Death Valley Furnace Creek Visitor Center Furnace Creek Furnace Creek 33mi 53km OW INB RA M 42mi 68km 190 Lake Hill 2030ft 619m m Panamint Butte A 395 South Haiwee Reservoir North Haiwee Reservoir Olancha 15mi 24km OWENS LAKE (dry) P A N I N A E S T E N FR 21mi 40km N O Panamint Dunes R o ad d U A Y Keeler V L O T LLE DARWIN y N E N VA 395 Valle A G S N I ES nt mi na Pa R Y West K U A RL CANYON E a Ro L C N YO N AT A L B A CA n yo an y wa ne M O T SE A ad Ro ve Dri G E VA LL EY V L Badwater R BUTTE w A E R A T N W E E AN VI L N T o ne R N E A G e KER AW YH JA r h as W R W T R N r W Y L E EC FL t igran Em Fu G R N A R iv e O G E E rgosa Ama S S I N Visitor Guide 7 B. GREENBURG Learn and Explore! Hey Kids! You can earn a Death Valley Junior Ranger badge! Anyone can become a Death Valley Junior Ranger—just pick up a booklet from the visitor center or download a copy from our website, explore the park and complete fun activities, show a ranger the work you've done, take a pledge, and earn your badge! Hike with a Ranger See the Classic Sights! Ranger p