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.
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Trek over dunes, sand flats, and salt pans in the shadow of the Black and Panamint ranges on this 109-mile, multi-day excursion through southern Death Valley.
Follow the secluded Marble Canyon through Joshua trees and Cottonwood Mountains to vast playas and volcanic craters on this 80-mile trek.
Climb through gaping craters and narrow canyons before bagging 11 peaks in northern Death Valley's Last Chance Range on this 46-miler.
Traverse the Last Chance Range en route to the highest sand dunes in California and the abandoned Crater Mine on this difficult, 40-mile out-and-back in Death Valley.
This 28.7-mile weekend getaway travels from Eureka Dunes, the highest dunes in California, to Last Chance Mountain, an 8,500-foot peak in Death Valley.
Don't waste winter: Tackle this cross-country canyon trek in the Lower 48's largest national park.
Three treks to life-list phenomena from Death Valley to Colorado.
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