Death Valley National Park Warnings and Dangers
Over 3.5 million acres of geographic tapestry comprises Death Valley, among largest areas in the National Park System. Some advanced planning before you go will ensure a memorable experience to this, the lowest place in North America.
Whether you are taking a day trip from Las Vegas or planning a two-week camping trip, make sure your vehicle is checked from top to bottom before you go. Hoses, batterie,s and tires are extremely important as they tend to be the first things to go. Bring with you a full-size spare tire, a tool kit equipped with extra fuses, flares, and a fire extinguisher. Other items you might consider are a snake-bite kit, a strobe light, emergency blankets, a GPS beacon, and a spare set of batteries. There is sporadic cell service in the park and every year it improves as more towers come online.
The weather can change very quickly in parts of the park. Due to the extreme heat, the ground is very hard so when it does rain, even for a few minutes, flash floods are quite common. Desert storms can be beautiful but dangerous. Many major roads in the park are paved, but some have dips where water can collect. Do not attempt to drive though heavy rains. Pull over and wait for the storm to pass. Evaporation takes place quickly once the rain has subsided.
For each person in your vehicle you should carry two gallons of water per day. Hydration is important, and nothing is better than water. Bring some food along even if you are just taking a two-hour drive. A jar of peanut butter and some crackers will stave off hunger while waiting for a ranger to drive by, in the case you find yourself stranded.
Leave your itinerary with the rangers and while there ask them about any road conditions or areas that are currently closed. One the way out, let them know you made it back.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Death Valley National Park