Despite its intimidating name, this remarkable landscape has inspired people for centuries.
The largest national park in the contiguous United States, Death Valley National Park is just 142 miles from Las Vegas, but you might as well have landed on the moon. Stretching 3.4 million acres, the park is made up of a patchwork of salt flats, badlands, artfully colored hills and ruins from those who dared to settle in this unforgiving landscape. You'll also find the lowest point in North America in Badwater Basin, which sits 282 feet below sea level and is home to nearly 200 square miles of salt flats.
Stop by the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to get tips on how best to spend your time. Popular choices include watching the sun rise or set from Zabriskie Point and driving to Dante’s View to look 5,000 feet down at Death Valley. For a dose of culture, enjoy a cold drink on the Stargazers Deck at the elegant Inn at Furnace Creek built in 1927.
Learn more at www.nps.gov/deva