This post is part of Just Ahead’s Death Valley Trip Planner—our guide to everything you need to know to plan your trip to Death Valley National Park. Click here to see the complete series, and be sure to download our Just Ahead smartphone audio tour of Death Valley before you head to the park.
When is the best time to visit Death Valley? Anytime! With a caveat: Summer in Death Valley is, no surprise, hot. How hot is it? Before we get to the punch line, let’s look at the other seasons in Death Valley.
Spring in Death Valley
For most people, this is the most pleasant time to visit Death Valley. The weather is perfect—days mostly in the 70s and 80s, nights in the 50s and 60s. Those temps warm up to the 90s in late April and can start hitting 100 in May. If there’s been a dollop or two of winter rain, wildflowers will be abundant in early spring. Spring is also the park’s busiest season, so be sure to reserve your lodging in advance. If you’re camping, know that most sites are first-come, first-served, though you can book sites at Furnace Creek Campground in advance through recreation.gov. Click here for our advice about camping in Death Valley. And click here to learn about Death Valley lodging.