By Katie Jackson /

It’s always been a hot destination, so we couldn’t be more stoked that this national park is one of our new 2015 trips. See below for some interesting facts that will leave you wanting to take the trip of a lifetime to Death Valley!

The neutral tone of the sand contrasts with the colors of the Valley's sunset.

1. Death Valley National Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary! In 1994, Congress made this section of the Mojave Desert a national park.
2. Coming in at a whopping more than 3.4 million acres, Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the Lower 48.
3. Death Valley is the hottest place in the country. The highest recorded temperature in Death Valley is 134 degrees Fahrenheit which was measured in July, 1913 and is the highest recorded temperature in the Western Hemisphere.
4. Death Valley is the driest place in the country. In 1929, there was not a single drop of rain recorded in Death Valley!
5. Death Valley is home to the country’s lowest point, Badwater Basin, which lies at 282 feet below sea level.

A wooden sign at Badwater Basin indicates its elevation is 282 feet below sea level.
6. Death Valley is only 76 miles from the highest point in the country, Mt. Whitney, which tops out at an elevation of 14,505 feet. In other words, the lowest and highest points in the contiguous U.S. are less than 100 miles apart!
7. Life abounds in Death Valley! The Park is home to more than 1000 species of plants (including 50 that are found nowhere else in the world), 300 species of birds, 51 species of mammals (including bighorn sheep and mountain lions), 36 species of reptiles and a handful of amphibian and fish species.
8. Humans are also fond of Death Valley. Archaeologists have found evidence of human presence in Death Valley that dates back at least 9,000 years! The Timbisha Shoshone Native American Tribe has inhabited Death Valley for the past 1,000 years.
9. Death Valley welcomes golfers! The Furnace Creek Golf Course at 214 feet below sea level is the world’s lowest golf course and golfers can play 18 holes year round (although the game is less popular in the height of summer).

A trio of golfers tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course.
10. February is a fine time to visit! The average high temperature in February is 72 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 46 degrees Fahrenheit – a perfect range for an active adventure vacation! February is also typically the wettest month. On average, it sees .51 inches of rainfall.


Blue skies over the Furnace Creek Resort

Interested in experiencing this stunning landscape of extremes? You’re not alone! We’ve already had a lot of interest, but there is still space on our next Death Valley adventure vacation which departs February 15, 2015. Call 1-800-575-1540 or email to chat with our adventure travel consultants today!



Katie Jackson

Written by: Katie Jackson

Katie grew up in Montana but considers NYC home. She lives to travel and then write about it!

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