Q. Where is Death Valley?
A. Death Valley is located in the south east area of California, adjacent to Nevada, with some parts of the park actually existing within the state of Nevada as well. It is sandwiched between the Inyo National Forest in California and the Amargosa Desert in Nevada.
Q. Why is it called Death Valley?
A. The name “Death Valley” came from a group of 19th century pioneers who lost their way while traveling during the winter of 1849. According to history, only one person perished in Death Valley, but the rest of the group was convinced that Death Valley would see the last of them as well. When they finally did make it out alive, one of them turned back and said, “Goodbye, Death Valley!”
Q. What is the hottest temperature on record at Death Valley?
A. The hottest temperature on record at Death Valley is 134 degrees F, which was recorded in July of 1913 at the present location of Furnace Creek Ranch. At one point, this was not only the hottest on record for Death Valley, but also for the world. It has since been surpasses by hot temperatures in Africa.
Q. Is visiting Death Valley in the summertime safe?
A. It is absolutely safe to visit in the summertime, as long are you are mindful of your sun exposure. It is safe to tour the sites of Death Valley in an air conditioned car, and it is wise to remain on paved roads. As a safety measure you should always keep plenty of water in your car and remember to drink plenty throughout the day to stay hydrated. It is not recommended to go hiking during the summer season unless it is early in the morning and at a high elevation.
Q. What is there to do at Death Valley?
A. In contrast with it's foreboding name, a plethora of different plants live within Death Valley National Park. During the spring, the flowers bloom and prosper, and tourists delight in the environment of stark contrasts, and the rich history of the area.
To find out more about Death Valley National Park summer programs and activities and to make your lodging reservations log onto: www.usparklodging.com or call toll free 855.866.1911 today!