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.