Death Valley: Hottest, Driest, and Lowest National Park

Explore the best hikes and scrambles in the stunning desert landscape of Death Valley National Park.

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Heading up Golden Canyon.
Heading up Golden Canyon. Photo: Scott Anderson

Description

"In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes,” according to the National Park Service. "Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.”

Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in the Americas, at 282 feet below sea level. The heat in the summertime should not be underestimated—it is often deadly. But in the winter, Death Valley provides a fantastic desert getaway filled with stunning canyons, salt flats, and towering mountain peaks.

In this guidebook, you’ll find the best hikes in Death Valley National Park, ranging from the easy tourist jaunts to difficult scrambles up slot canyons. Whatever flavor of hike you’re looking for, this guidebook has you covered!

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

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