- Death Valley was given its ominous name by a group of pioneers lost in its arid bowels in the winter of 1849-1850. As the story goes, even though only one of the pioneers died here, they all assumed that this valley would be their grave.
- Throughout history, Native Americans found ways to survive in Death Valley. Rock art and other remains show that humans lived in the valley dating back 9,000 years ago.
- Death Valley is famous as the hottest place on earth and driest place in North America. The world record highest air temperature of 134°F (57°C) was recorded at Furnace Creek on 10 July 1913.