Death Valley National Park

The best hikes in Death Valley National Park will make you wonder why you ever wanted to go out in the heat. This massive park — the largest in the lower 48 — follows 156-mile long Death Valley through blistering California desert. Whether you’re planning on backpacking the grueling Death Valley Traverse or just want to peak at its top trails, prepare for a trek unlike any other. Sunscreen alone won’t cut it in July, when average temperatures can climb as high as 116˚F. If you do decide to explore one of America’s most extreme national parks, be sure to visit its highs and lows; only 15 miles from the below sea level Badwater Basin is the 11,049 foot Telescope Peak.

The Best Dayhikes in Death Valley National Park

Explore the desert with our favorite hikes, short and long.