What is the Death Valley known for?
The largest national park south of Alaska, Death Valley is known for extremes: It is North America's driest and hottest spot (with fewer than two inches/five centimeters of rainfall annually and a record high of 134°F), and has the lowest elevation on the continent—282 feet below sea level.
The extreme heat of Death Valley has killed people in the past. Death Valley was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers lost here in the winter of 1849-1850. Even though, as far as we know, only one of the group died here, they all assumed that this valley would be their grave.
- Major cities near Death Valley National Park
- 110 miles to Las Vegas, NV.
- 111 miles to Paradise, NV.
- 121 miles to Henderson, NV.
- 133 miles to Bakersfield, CA.
- 150 miles to Fresno, CA.
- 166 miles to San Bernardino, CA.
- 176 miles to Glendale, CA.
- 177 miles to Riverside, CA.
- The coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth is northeastern Siberia, where temperatures in the towns of Verkhoyansk and Oimekon dropped to a bone-chilling 90 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 67.8 C) in 1892 and 1933, respectively.
- Daytime temperatures in Death Valley are known to be excruciatingly hot. In fact, it is currently the location of the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth, 134 degrees.
Updated: 21st October 2019