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DEVILS GOLF COURSE: How to Visit This Iconic Death Valley Location

Despite the sinister name, Devils Golf Course is many park-goers favorite spot in all of Death Valley National Park.

About Devils Golf Course

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Devil’s Golf Course at Sunrise | Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is the king of things with morbid and foreboding names, like Devils Golf Course. Don’t let that deter you! Devils Golf Course is many park-goers favorite spot in the whole park.

Devils Golf Course is situated on the valley floor near Furnace Creek. Here the very earth itself seems tormented, twisted and cracked in all sorts of ways. It’s mesmerizing.

Devils Golf Course is a mesmerizing spot where everyone spends more time than they think they will so plan accordingly.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Devils Golf Course is either at sunrise or sunset when the sun is low and the shadows are long create prime photo opportunities.

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Things to Note When Visiting Racetrack Playa

Entrance Fees: The fee to enter Death Valley is $30 per vehicle. If you plan on visiting more than 1 national park this year we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which can be found at the entrance gates to most national parks or online here). This pass gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.

Guide: I highly recommend this one.

Map: I use this one.

Provisions: Make sure to pack plenty of food & water – there are no services anywhere remotely close to Racetrack Playa.

TREAD LIGHTLY: The desert floor at the Racetrack Playa is extremely sensitive so walk lightly. In years past people have driven a vehicle on this surface and despite massive repair efforts undertaken by the park service the damage will take many, many years to full recover.

Sunscreen: For many of us visiting national parks in the summer means lots of sun. Seriously, some of these parks can zap you if you don’t wear sunscreen. We happen to like this one because it works AND it’s not full of a bunch of chemicals.

Leave No Trace: We’re big fans of Leave No Trace, here at MTJP. Want to learn more? Read about the seven principals of Leave No Trace here.

Flat Tires: Have a plan in case you get a flat tire on the long and bumpy road out to the racetrack.

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About Death Valley

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The valley floor of Death Valley National Park

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.

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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.​


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Will Pattiz

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

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