• Drink at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per day to replace loss from perspiration.
  • Carry plenty of extra drinking water in your car.

Heat and Dehydration:

  • If you feel dizzy, nauseous or get a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink plenty of water.
  • Dampen clothing to lower your body temperature.
  • Heat and dehydration can kill.

Plan your visit:

  • Do you have the appropriate vehicle, tires, tools, camping gear, maps, and skills for your intended route?
  • Do you have enough fuel and water? If you aren’t sure, ask a ranger.

Be Prepared

  • Check your rental car contract to see if you are covered should something happen to your car on an unpaved road.
  • Have the necessary tools (rental cars often lack the proper tire changing tools!) and know how to use them.


  • Do not hike in the low elevations when temperatures are hot.

Dangerous Creatures:

  • Never place your hands or feet where you cannot see first.
  • Rattlesnakes, scorpions or black widow spiders may be sheltered there.

Mine Hazards:

  • Do not enter mine tunnels or shafts.
  • Mines may be unstable, have hidden shafts, pockets of bad air and poisonous gas.
  • Stay Out – Stay Alive.

Flash Floods:

  • Avoid canyons during rain storms and be prepared to move to higher ground.
  • While driving, be alert for water running in washes and across the road.
  • Water can carry rocks and debris with it and may suddenly appear around the next curve in the roadway.

In Case of Emergency: Dial 911 from any telephone or cell phone.  area-51-tours-from-las-vegas

However, Don’t Rely On Technology!

  • Your cell phone won’t work in most of the park.
  • Emergency locator beacons have a high failure rate.
  • GPS devices frequently tell Death Valley visitors to turn off well-traveled roads, and take “shortcuts” over the desert and into isolated canyons.
  • Common sense and good judgment are far more reliable.

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