Death Valley National Park

Death Valley contains wondrous beauty, from expansive views and dark skies, to impressive salt flats, craggy mountains and valleys that on occasion brim with wildflowers during magnificent super blooms.

For thousands of years, this area was the ancestral homeland to Native American Tribes, including the Timbisha Shoshone who still live in the valley.

Prospectors came to the valley in the 1800s searching for gold and other minerals like borax. While mining eventually proved to be too difficult, tourism boomed, and in 1933 the area was proclaimed a national monument.

Congress established Death Valley National Park in 1994, making it the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the U.S., and the largest national park in the lower 48 states.

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HOTTEST

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Hottest Air Temperature

Ever Recorded on Earth

DRIEST

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Lowest Annual Rainfall

Of Any National Park

LOWEST

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Lowest Point in North

America, Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

-282.2′ Below Sea Level

DEATH VALLEY FUND

Administered by the Death Valley Conservancy, the Death Valley Fund supports programs within the national park that are innovative or might otherwise not be possible due to funding.

The Conservancy works closely with the National Park Service and other nonprofits and organizations in the area to further our shared mission of preserving and celebrating the amazing beauty, artifacts, and history contained within Death Valley National Park.

We Love Death Valley National Park

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Vintage Postcards from Death Valley

A novelty of the time! Color-tinted linen postcards by Frasher Fotos, mailed as a complete set from the Death Valley post office on March 21, 1941.

THE CONSERVANCY AT WORK

Thank you generous donors for making these exciting projects possible.