Death Valley National Park

From the magical burst of wildflower blooms in spring to the allure of ghost towns, historic mining operations, wildlife and raw natural beauty, Death Valley National Park offers something for everyone. About 140 miles long, Death Valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from bighorn sheep and mountain lions down to abundant butterfly species like the Square-spotted Blue, Indra Swallowtail and Western Pygmy Blue.

Named a national monument in February of 1933, Death Valley National Park owes much of its early development to the Civilian Conservation Corps, or the CCC. From 1933 until 1942, twelve CCC companies improved the area by creating trails, buildings and camps. They also introduced phone and water service to some areas of the valley. Much of what they built is still in existence and utilized in Death Valley Park today.

Not only rich in beauty and pioneer history, Death Valley was known as a prosperous mining mecca for many decades. The valley was mined extensively for gold, silver, copper, tungsten, lead, zinc, antimony and borax. The last mining operation, the Billie Mine, located along the Dante's View road, ceased operations in 2005.


Travel Ideas

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NPF'S Impact at Death Valley National Park

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