Death Valley is one of our favorite National Parks to visit. There is just something so pretty about the vast desert and surprising things to do while in the park.
Today we are sharing our Death Valley Travel Tips. This is a park you want to be prepared for!
The first thing to know about Death Valley is it is HUGE!!!!!!!
Arrive as early in the morning as you possibly can and give yourself more than enough time to explore. If you are coming in from Vegas for the day have a plan of what you want to see and what is within reach during the time you have available.
Parts of the park including the rolling rock area also known as the RaceTrack takes a couple of days and a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Make sure and bring water with you or get some of that store in the park. Depending on the time of year you are visiting Death Valley can be stupid hot! Dangerous hot. During one of our visits a tourist unfortunately passed away on the dunes due to the heat.
I know this probably won’t come as a surprise but gas is expensive in the park.
There are multiple restaurants and a general store in the park. The pizza at the Corkscrew Saloon was ok, not great but definitely filling. They have some interesting themed cocktails for the park.
The grocery store has a wide variety of food and drinks available. There is also a gift shop attached.
Thinking about staying in Death Valley? Check out our review of The Inn at Furnace Creek. We really enjoyed staying at this historic national park lodge.
If you love to golf make sure and check out the Furnace Creek Golf Course located 214 feet below sea level. This is also a great area for bird watching.
Make sure and visit the visitor center for current park conditions. Parts of the park have been closed due to recent flooding that occurred in the park. The visitor center can let you know exactly which part of the parks are closed or undergoing rehabilitation.
During our visit, Scotty’s Castle was closed due to the flooding.
We have found the best times to visit Death Valley is late fall to early spring. The weather is cooler and it is easier to get around.
Cell phone coverage in the park is pretty non-existent. We did find wi-fi available at the visitor center to check emails and Facebook.
While you are at the visitor center keep an eye out for the roadrunners!!!!
We were sitting checking our phones and the roadrunner sat right in front of our car just watching us. The photo above was taken with a cell phone!
The Desert Gold is the most common wildflower found on the valley floor.
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is a great walk for the entire family. The entire trail has a boardwalk. The trail is 1/2 mile round trip. One thing to know is most of it is out in the open so bring water and a hat or sunglasses along with sunscreen. Keep an eye out for rare pupfish and other wildlife along the trail.
Artist’s Drive is a must visit during any trip to Death Valley! We highly suggest visiting the drive a few time to see how the rocks look different depending on where the sun is.
The drive is a 9 mile paved route that includes multiple pull-offs for great photos. The road is one-way and open to vehicles less than 25 feet in length.
Harmony Borax Works is a quarter mile walking trail that has educational signs teaching about the Harmony Borax operation. This is the area famous for the 20 mule teams that moved borax from Death Valley.
There is so much to see and do in Death Valley! You can easily visit this park multiple times and see something new each time. Death Valley is an International Dark Sky Park. If you have the opportunity try and stay overnight in the park so you can experience the stars unlike anywhere else in the world.