Death Valley National Park located in California and Nevada is considered a land of extremes. An unsurpassed desert with meandering sand dunes, mountain tops covered with snow, water filled canyons, colorful stone formations and three million acres of wilderness. It is home to many plants and wildlife that only live in the most extreme deserts.
Death Valley extraordinary unspoided beauty and significant value to the scientific community was brought up to the National Park Service in the late 1920's and was declared a national monument by President Hoover on February 11, 1933. With the adoption of the Desert Protection Act of October 31, 1994, Death Valley expanded by 1,200,00 acres and was named a national park. At this time Death Valley has 3,336,000 total acres and 3,000,000 is uninhabited.
Death Valley National Park is generally speaking sunny, dry, and clear all through the year. The winters, November through March, are mellow with intermittant storms. Summers are extraordinarily hot and dry with temperatures typically rising to over 120 degrees F. In the summer months it is recommended to wear light clothes with sun protection and a wide-rimmed hat. In winter warmer clothing and a light to medium jacket is sugested. Sturdy walking shoes are important year round.