Death Valley National Park is Open. All major concessions and campgrounds are open with one exception. Texas Spring Campground is temporarily closed due to extensive flooding.
California Highway 190 between Furnace Creek and Death Valley Junction remains closed due to severe flood damage, but the rest of this scenic highway is open.
The reconstruction of California Highway 190 continues. The 30-mile section between Furnace Creek and Death Valley Junction is not expected to reopen until March or April of 2005.
Please see the Death Valley Morning Report for any temporary road closures, and our Road Conditions page for specific road information.
Hottest, Driest, Lowest: Death Valley is a land of extremes. It is one of the hottest places on the surface of the Earth with summer temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It encompasses the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below the level of the sea, and it is the driest place in North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.
This valley is also a land of subtle beauties: Morning light creeping across the eroded badlands of Zabriskie Point to strike Manly Beacon, the setting sun and lengthening shadows on the Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells, and the colors of myriad wildflowers on the golden hills above Harmony Borax on a warm spring day.
Death Valley is a treasure trove of scientific information about the ancient Earth and about the forces still working to shape our modern world. It is home to plants, animals, and human beings that have adapted themselves to take advantage of its rare and hard won bounty. It is a story of western expansion, wealth, greed, suffering and triumph. Death Valley is a land of extremes, and much more.