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Visiting Death Valley National Park

Planning a trip to Death Valley National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Death Valley National Park, California / Nevada.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park Basics

Region: Pacific-West / West Coast / Pacific / Southwest

Park Size: 3,373,063 acres (5,270.41 sq miles) (13,650.30 sq km)

Location: Grand County

Closest Cities: Lone Pine, California, and Beatty, Nevada

Busy Season: February to May and August to October

Visitation: 1,659,702 (in 2019)

How much does Death Valley National Park Cost?

Death Valley National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $7

An annual Death Valley National Park Pass costs $55. It is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $25 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Death Valley National Park Open?

Death Valley National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Death Valley National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Death Valley National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on trails or overlooks. Do NOT LEAVE PETS IN AN UNATTENDED VEHICLE. Please review the Death Valley Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Death Valley.

Where are Death Valley National Park’s visitor centers?

Furnace Creek Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center – Closed until further notice.

Land Acknowledgment

The park now known as Death Valley National Parks is on Northern Paiute, Newe (Western Shoshone), Kawaiisu, Southern Paiute land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

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