Why November is a great time to visit Death Valley!

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Visiting Death Valley in November is a great time to explore this national park! There are many reasons why you should visit Death Valley in November. Whilst summer sees unbelievably hot temperatures, the warm sun in November is much more comfortable and there are fewer crowds! Similarly, whilst November is a time where many places start to get colder in the Northern Hemisphere, you can escape to a warmer climate by visiting Death Valley in November! Here are a few reasons why you should visit Death Valley in November.

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  1. Cooler temperatures in Death Valley in November
  2. Clear Skies in Death Valley in November
  3. Camping season starts in the heart of Death Valley in November
  4. Ranger programmes in Death Valley in November
  5. Fewer crowds in Death Valley in November
  6. Great time for hiking in Death Valley in November
  7. Cheaper accommodation in Death Valley in November
  8. Perfect for snuggling up in a cosy cottage in Death Valley in November
  9. Fewer poisonous animals in Death Valley in November
  10. Less chance of dying in Death Valley in November

10 Reasons to visit Death Valley in November

1. Cooler temperatures in November

One reason to visit Death Valley in November is that it is slightly cooler!

Death Valley is the hottest place in North America meaning it gets hot in the summer months. The average high temperature in Death Valley in July and August is 46 degrees (116° Fahrennheit)! It is not unheard of to get even hotter and a woman died whilst visiting Death Valley when it was above 50 degrees.

Many advise waiting till October or November for more pleasant temperatures. October average highs are around 93 degrees and in November that drops to 77 degrees. 

2. Clear skies

death valley mosaic canyon

Did you know that November in Death Valley is one of the best times to almost guarantee clear skies? Summer monsoons can bring cloudy skies which is great for dramatic photography but not so great if you are trying to soak up the last of the vitamin D for the year. This also makes November a great time to catch the spectacular Death Valley sunset.

3. More Camping Options in the heart of Death Valley

camping in Death Valley

Camping in Death Valley is a great budget accommodation option. Whilst there are many great places to stay in Death Valley, camping is the only free form of accommodation in the valley. (To find out which campsites in Death Valley are free, check out our post about 15 things no one tells you about Death Valley to see the full list!)

In the summer however, the temperatures can make it too dangerous to camp in the heart of Death Valley. The centre of the valley lies at a lower elevation, ensuring warmer temperatures compared to on the surrounding mountains. Some of the Death Valley campsites close during the summer months due to the extreme desert heat. Yet in November, popular campsites in the heart of the national park open to tourists. This is another great reason to head to Death Valley National Park in November!

4. Ranger programmes in November

Interested in learning more about the fascinating landscape and history of the park during your trip to Death Valley? In late November ranger walks are offered daily. You can check the dates and times here: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

Will you want to join the golden canyon walk? Borax Works walk, Badwater ranger walk or sunset on the sand dunes walk? Which will you choose during your November trip to Death Valley?

5. Fewer crowds in Death Valley in November

Zabriskie Point death valley

One of the best reasons for visiting Death Valley in November is that there are fewer crowds!

Did you know that summer is the most popular time to visit Death Valley? This seems surprising given the extreme temperatures in summertime. Yet summer is vacation time meaning national parks across the USA experience a huge surge in popularity and of course crowds. Zion’s famous Angel’s Landing trail resembles a queue rather than a hike!

If you choose to visit Death Valley in November, you will enjoy fewer crowds! Many people are saving up for Christmas and the holiday season meaning they stay at home. Make the most of this by enjoying the park without the crowds! For example, check out some of the more popular spots that can be ruined by loud tourists at crowded times!

Zabriskie point is a great spot to watch the sunset, but in summer you have to get here early to get a spot on the lookout point. In November, you can just stroll up to the lookout point without the pushing and shoving. Wonder down one of the many canyon hikes and pass relatively few other tourists. You do not need to stress about finding a parking space in November either as it is less popular!

6. November is a great time for hiking in Death Valley!

Hiking in Mosaic Canyon girl
Hiking in Mosaic Canyon

Who wants to go for a hike when it is 50 degrees?! Not me! Hiking when it is too hot is not fun. Hiking in 20 degrees, on the other hand, is much more pleasant. If you visit Death Valley in November, it will still be warm but not so hot that uphill walks are super strenuous. This makes November a great time to go on a hike in Death Valley national park. Also, the fewer crowds means you will not struggle to find a parking space at a trailhead.

You can choose from many great canyon hikes in Death Valley National park.

7. Cheaper Accommodation in Death Valley in November

The Inn Death Valley Tamara Wilcox
Image by Tamara Wilcox

Did you know that accommodation prices in Death Valley can fluctuate hugely? In the summer a stay at this gorgeous hut costs $300 but in November we managed to stay there for less than $100!

One of the benefits of visiting Death Valley in November is cheaper accommodation. Also, as it is not peak season, it is easy to travel spontaneously. You don’t need to worry about booking months in advance as you should be able to find a last-minute place to stay in Death Valley national park.

If you are thinking about visiting Death Valley in November, use this booking.com tool to see current availability!

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8. Perfect Time for snuggling up in a Cosy Cottage

Panamint Springs Resort Honeymoon cabin

Death Valley is well-known to be the hottest place in North America. This means that the summer evenings can still be very warm. Yet in November, the temperature drops in the evening making this a great time to snuggle up in a cosy hut. We stayed in the Miner’s Cabin at Panamint Springs Resort. It was lovely to be all warm and cosy after coming in from the cold desert air.

9. Fewer poisonous animals in Death Valley in November

rattlesnake death valley

There are poisonous animals in Death Valley. Whilst many of us may want to see a rattle snake or a scorpion, some of us may not!

Whilst it is very rare to come across a snake, scorpion or tarantula in Death Valley, you are even more unlikely to come across a poisonous animal in November. It is too cold for the creatures and they prefer to stay buried underground.

If you do come across one of the three venomous snakes in Death Valley, they are more likely to move away then attack you. Also, only the rattlesnake in Death Valley has strong enough poison to kill you.

10. Less chance of dying in Death Valley in November

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Whilst the leading cause of death in Death Valley are single-car accidents, heat exhaustion follows closely afterwards. In summer, the extreme temperatures can make visitors suffer from dehydration and sun stroke. These symptoms also cause dizziness which increases your likelihood of making rash decisions or getting lost. Luckily, by November, the cooler temperatures mean you are less likely to suffer from heat related illness. Most heat related deaths occur in the summer months. Nevertheless, you should still drink plenty of water and wear a sun hat during your trip to Death Valley in November!

For more Death Valley safety tips, read our blog post here about how not to die in Death Valley.

Have you been inspired to visit Death Valley in November?

Have you been inspired to visit Death Valley National Park in November? Let us know in the comments below what time of year you would like to visit Death Valley!

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