Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Top Things to Do in Death Valley National Park

Things to Do in Death Valley National Park

Top Attractions in Death Valley National Park


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  • VQC
    Tracy, CA297 contributions
    Like everything else in Death Valley, it is a bit of a drive, but very worthwhile. Interesting how the land formed. After you've walked out for a stretch, as you walk back, you'll look up the side of the mountain in front of you. You can kinda see a small white sign. What does it say? Yes, it does let you know that sign is at SEA LEVEL.
    Written 12 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • KenVicLee
    Huntington Beach, CA2 038 contributions
    You can't miss it. I don't mean you have to do it. I mean that since it is only 5 miles down the road from Furnace Creek, you can't miss it!

    Parking can be an issue during the busy part of the day. Because there are hiking trails that emanate out from this vantage point, sometimes the cars don't move very often. And knowing how popular this place is during sunrise and especially sunset, we purposely avoided it. But it is a place that you have to visit if you are in Death Valley.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • VQC
    Tracy, CA297 contributions
    It's a bit of a drive up here, and you'll find it is a cooler place than anywhere else. But it is definitely worth it.
    Written 12 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, MD1 605 contributions
    We did this drive while in Death Valley National Park and was our favorite thing while visiting death valley. It's a one way road that is slow and curvy. It features beautiful rock formations with different colors. It was formed several million years ago. Photos don't do this drive justice.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • KenVicLee
    Huntington Beach, CA2 038 contributions
    It was cool, don't get me wrong. But as I put in my review of Artists Drive, during the day we visited the drive was more entertaining than the actual vantage point. I have seen, photos, however, and know how beautiful it can be. Maybe next time we will go for sunset.
    Written 4 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Lisa O
    4 contributions
    if you want to walk out on to the dunes you can find a spot of your own - pretty sunset spot and the sand is so soft - nature is amazing
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, MD1 605 contributions
    This visitor center sits at 190 feet below sea level. It also features the temperature. There was a lack of souvenirs. This is where you pay your fee or show your national park pass. Once you pay, you get a pass to put on your dashboard.
    Written 15 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Becky D
    1 contribution
    Titus Canyon is a 26 mile dirt road that takes you through Leadfield Ghost town.  This one way road starts outside the park by the entrance to Rhyolite. 

    The road is maintained enough to get most 2 wheel drive trucks, SUV's and some cars through. There were only a couple parts that a standard sedan would scrap. But always check the conditions before you go. A good rain could wash areas out.

    At the 15 mile marker we came across Leadfield Ghost Town. Leadfield mined copper and lead. At the 18 mile mark we came across Petroglyohs. And finally at the 23 mile marker is this amazing Slot Canyon. We hit this canyon just in time for the sun to set casting beautiful shadows along the steep cliffs.

    This 3 mile section slowly winds you through the canyon emptying you out inside the park. This was by far the most favorite part of our trip.   My suggestion would be to get to this spot sooner so you have time to check out Leadfield.

    Our video of this trip is on our YouTube Channel, search for Adventures with the Dee's -Lovz2hike and look for our Death Valley Trip.
    Written 10 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • 649001
    Springfield211 contributions
    Out of the world experience! The crater is very far from visitor's centers. The trail around the crater is soft, and that makes hiking not easy. It could be very windy there.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • Juanita W
    76 contributions
    The drive to and from Panamint Springs was as unnerving with lots of changes in elevation, turns, and too few pull offs. The view from Father Crowley was enhanced by seeing the fighter pilots in action. With the wind whipping around us, we didn't explore any walks nearby.
    Written 25 February 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mel52088
    Woodville, WI138 contributions
    Unique environment. DVNP is simply full of unique environments and they’re all enjoyable to see! Do be careful here not only for your own safety (there’s no designated trail) but also for the landscape itself and not destroying it.
    Written 3 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Bev & Jerry
    Bluffton, SC266 contributions
    This is a popular hike in Death Valley because it’s very scenic and young & old can do it. Three points: 1. You’re in Death Valley…so start the hike EARLY in the morning to avoid the sun/heat. 2. Start the hike EARLY in the morning to avoid the crowds, and you’ll have the canyon all to yourself to enjoy. 3. ALWAYS take plenty of water when you hike in a desert. We started this hike at 8:30AM, it was 83 degrees; 20 minutes later we knew we had gotten too late a start, turned around and came back. The next day, we tried again, being at the trailhead by 6:45AM. It was so nice having the canyon to ourselves; the sunrise was beautiful, the air was actually “cool” feeling, even though it was 80 degrees that early in the day and year (end of March). It took us two hours to hike the canyon, stopping often to enjoy the scenery. It’s an easy hike, until the very end, right before you get to the Red Cathedral, at which point it gets very narrow and rocky. It’s in and out the same way, not a loop.
    Written 21 April 2022
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  • KenVicLee
    Huntington Beach, CA2 038 contributions
    Having made the long drive into the park from Bakersfield, I will admit we didn't have the patience to fully experience this unique landscape. Case in point, we had friends who were also going to be in Death Valley when we were there and they came prepared with snow sleds to enjoy riding down the steeper sand sloped. Even without that activity, however, it was an amazing sight to see.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • Elizabeth K
    Gainesville, GA104 contributions
    We saw the phenomenon close to Pantamint Springs at Dry Lakebed Road. The ground feels like leather--so cool.
    Written 13 April 2021
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  • Larry D
    Devon, PA62 contributions
    To get there from the main parts of Death Valley, you must drive about 40 miles on a severely washboarded road. Hang in there and go if your rental agreement permits it! The dunes here dwarf those at Mesquite Flats, impressive though those are.
    Written 11 March 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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