Hiking in Death Valley could be one of the most rewarding outdoor activities on offer, thanks to the striking contrasts offered by the varied landscapes. You can jump across salt deposits in the Devil's Golf Course or hike under rock arches. Death Valley National Park is a desert known for scorching temperatures that led to its dramatic name, so don't forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, and lots of water alongside insect repellent.
Despite its morbid name, natural flora and fauna abound in the park. For one thing, there are more than 300 species of birds (grab your gear for bird-watching!). In Death Valley you'll spot red-tailed hawks and golden eagles, as well as bighorn sheep and coyotes, and amphibians and reptiles like the desert-banded gecko, the Pacific tree frog and several kinds of lizards and snakes.
Besides hiking and backpacking, you can also enjoy biking or camping in the grounds.