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Should You Visit Death Valley in SUMMER? (Helpful Guide + Video)

Summer is the season that gives Death Valley its morbid name. In Summer, average high temperatures are over 110F and lows are over 80F. Visiting the park in Summer is not advisable unless you are adequately prepared with water, sunscreen, and shaded cover. Prolonged exposure this time of year can be deadly.

Summer Overview

Summer is the season that gives Death Valley its morbid name. In Summer, average high temperatures are over 110F and lows are over 80F. Visiting the park in Summer is not advisable unless you are adequately prepared with water, sunscreen, and shaded cover.

Prolonged exposure this time of year can be deadly.

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The remains of a desert shrub in Death Valley
  • June weather in Death Valley is really hot with highs in the 110s and lows in the 80s. Visiting Death Valley during this time of year requires serious precautions against exposure and dehydration.
  • July weather in Death Valley is extremely hot (often the hottest place on Earth) with high temperatures as high as 134F! Low temperatures in July are close to 90F. Prolonged exposure this time of year can be deadly so come prepared.
  • August weather in Death Valley is really hot with highs consistently in the 110s and lows in the mid 80s. Prolonged exposure this time of year can be deadly so come prepared.
  • September weather in Death Valley is quite hot with highs in the 100s and lows in the high 70s. Visiting Death Valley during this time of year requires serious precautions against exposure and dehydration.

Summer Monthly Temperatures in Death Valley

June 110F / 82F
July 116F / 88F
August 114F / 86F
September 107F / 76F

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Summer Activities in Death Valley

Summer can be a dangerous time to visit Death Valley National Park as it is easy to come unprepared for the extreme temperatures.

The only time for any outdoor activities during the Summer is in the morning unless you are visiting the higher elevations. Popular Summer activities in Death Valley include:

  • Visit Darwin Falls, a year-round waterfall in Death Valley National Park, at high water. 
  • Hike up to Telescope Peak for sweeping views of the valley floor.
  • Experience the hottest place on earth (if you’re lathered up in sunscreen and have lots of water) at Furnace Creek or Badwater Basin.
  • Catch a sunrise at Zabriskie Point (great anytime of year)

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About Death Valley

Eureka Dunes at Sunset | Death Valley National Park California

Situated on California’s southeastern border with Nevada, Death Valley National Park spans over 5,000 square miles of otherworldly vistas. The largest national park in the continental United States, Death Valley is a park for superlatives.

Death Valley is the hottest place on earth, the lowest place in North America, and the driest place in the United States. Death Valley is also the largest National Park outside of Alaska.


Death Valley Map


Death Valley Video

In the remote far reaches of the Mojave Desert lies the largest national park in the continental United States. Hidden here in the hottest place on earth is another world full of diverse life and colorful landscapes.

Join us as we take life to the extreme and explore Death Valley. Filmed primarily in 8K.​


Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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