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UBEHEBE CRATER: Everything You Need to Know – Death Valley’s Crater

Ubehebe Crater, pronounced “YOU-BE-HE-BE”, is an otherworldy crater in Death Valley created not by a meteor strike but volcanic activity.

About Ubehebe Crater

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Little Ubehebe Crater | Death Valley National Park California

Ubehebe Crater, pronounced “YOU-BE-HE-BE”, was not created by a meteor strike but rather volcanic activity. Located toward the northern end of Death Valley National Park near Scotty’s Castle, this site is worth the stop. Make sure to visit Little Ubehebe Crater while stopping by as many visitors find it more photogenic and stunning than it’s larger namesake.

To get to Little Ubehebe Crater start at the parking lot and follow the rim trail to the right. Eventually you’ll find a turnoff for Little Ubehebe which is less than a mile walk on a nice path.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Ubehebe Crater is in the morning when temperatures are more manageable and the shadows create cool effects on the landscape. Sunset can also be a great time to visit.


Things to Note

To get to Little Ubehebe Crater start at the parking lot and follow the rim trail to the right. Eventually you’ll find a turnoff for Little Ubehebe which is less than a mile walk on a nice path.

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Things to Note When Visiting Ubehebe Crater

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.

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.


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.


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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