Death Valley Quick Facts and Information

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Death Valley Quick Facts and Information



Annual rain fall 1.5 inches.  

Annual (potential) evaporation is the highest in the world at 128 inches. 

Highest average rain fall was recorded in 1913 at 4.5 inches.

Highest temperature of 134 degrees (F) 57(C), was recorded on July 10th 1913.

The Badwater area is the lowest point in the western hemisphere @ -282ft. 

2001 saw a record of 153 consecutive days with daytime high temperatures above 100 degrees.

900 different species of plants exist in the Park.

3.337.628.88 acres of land of which 3.000.000 are wilderness in two States, California and Nevada.

Death Valley National Park received 1.064.784  visitors in 2001

President Herbert Hoover proclaimed Death Valley as a National Monument on Feb 11th 1933. 

On Oct 31 1994 William Jefferson Clinton signed the Desert Protection Act changing the status to that of a National Park, increasing the acreage by 1.300.000.

Native American's have lived in Death Valley and the surrounding area for around 1000 years. The tribe is now known as the Timbisha Shoshone.

During the Pleistocene era, the floor of Death Valley was once a lake.

Lake Manly stretched for a hundred miles, and was as deep as 600ft.



3,367,627.68 acres

1,362,860.25 hectares

Highest Point:

Telescope Peak 11,049 feet

3,367.7 meters

Lowest Point:

Badwater: -282 feet

-86 meters

Highest Temperature:

134 F  56.6 C

Lowest Temperature:

15 F  -9.4 C

Animals & Plants

Mammals: 51 species

Reptiles: 36 Species

Amphibians: 5 species

Fishes: 5 species

Birds: 346 Species

Plants: 1042 Species


Official DV Guide:

Death Valley Visitor's Guide 2004 (PDF file- It would be best to right click and Save As...)


Offical Death Valley News

Wildflower Update (PDF file- It would be best to right click and Save As...)