1,294,827 visitors came to Death Valley National Park in 2017, only 1,456 fewer than the park record set in 2016.
The high number of visitors in 2016 was attributed to publicity related to the centennial of the National Park Service and a rare “super bloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park. Visitation stayed at about the same high level in 2017 without these factors.
By contrast, Death Valley only had 9,970 visitors when it was first established as a national monument in 1933. The park is seeing increased visitation in recent years, as more people are discovering Death Valley.
At around 3.4 million acres, Death Valley is the largest park in the lower 48 states with elevations that range from 282 feet below sea level at Badwater Basin to over 11,000 feet at Telescope Peak.