Known for being the largest, driest, hottest, and lowest national park in the United States, Death Valley evokes horror stories of a day trip or camping trip gone wrong. Death Valley surely must be named as such for its horribly hot and dry conditions, taking the lives of many visitors. Contrary to popular belief though, it was dubbed Death Valley by a man who had to walk out of the valley to look for help after his car broke down and his group was running out of water, without another soul in sight. By the time he reached the end of the valley, he was sure he or one of his group would die, and so he exasperated that this is the Death Valley. He and his group lived, but the harsh conditions of Death Valley are very real. Read on for how to survive Death Valley and experience safely the stunning beauty of this national park.
This valley was at one time filled with water in abundance, but that was 10,000 years ago, so you’d better bring plenty of water for yourself on your visit.
Don’t try to eat the salt in the salt flats, like Badwater Basin.
Fill up the gas tank and check the oil in the car before you enter the park, where you won’t have easy access to these resources.
Put on sunscreen and pack extra sunscreen. Death Valley gets a lot of sunshine that threatens to burn your skin lobster-red if you don’t lather up!
Bring a map and a compass, because there is no cell service in the park and you won’t want to risk getting lost in this desert.
Drive slowly around the curves and bends in the road. Single car rollovers cause more deaths than anything else in Death Valley. You certainly won’t want to be one of the unlucky ones to speed around the bend and go rolling down the harsh landscape that you’re meant to enjoy safely from afar.
Pack a first aid kit. There are snakes that bite and rocks over which to fall, so you’ll need to be prepared to take care of yourself.
In the summer, the park gets extremely hot so if you’re planning a trip for the summer, in addition to packing extra water, try to avoid walking around outside for long.
Once you’ve taken all the necessary precautions, you’ll be ready for your visit to Death Valley National Park! The scenery is unbelievable, the environment impressive with its hot dry conditions, and the plants and animals unique. You’ll definitely want to see Badwater Basin where it’s the lowest point in North America, the Racetrack where the rock mysteriously move across the desert, the Mesquite Valley dunes where part of Star Wars was filmed, and so much more. Be sure to include Death Valley in your plans while you visit California and Nevada!