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Death Valley National Park Morning Report in PDF format
Death Valley National Park Morning Report by phone: 1-760-786-3200 press 1
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Death Valley SUV Trails 310 pages

This is the must-have book for driving the back country around DVNP.

Hiking Death Valley 542 pages

Focused on hiking but has information on the access roads and good general information on old mines, flora and fauna.

Road Guide To Death Valley National Park 48 pages

This is a guide to passenger car roads but it's a useful overview of the attractions near Furnance Creek.

A Falcon Guide to Death Valley National Park 143 pages

This is a good overview guide to the park with broader coverage than the prior listing.

The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park 381 pages

Written by an ex-superintendent of the park. It has detailed descriptions of roads and hikes. However, it is not a good first book because it is mostly dense detail in mile by mile descriptions of a route. I used it mostly as a reference.

I found all five of the books to be useful. Even though there is overlap in the attractions they cover, each has a lot of unique information.
Death Valley in '49 by William Manley

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National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map of Death Valley 26" x 38"

The best and most detailed map of the park but the park is split between the front and back so it's hard to use while driving.

Death Valley Backcountry Roads 16" x 23"

This map is a necessity if you're doing primitive camping since it has yellow shading over the no-camping areas. Free at the visitor center. Also downloadable as a pdf: Backcountry Roads.pdf

(It takes a minute or two to display--even with a fast internet connection.)

Tom Harrison Maps: Death Valley National Park Recreation Map

In the level of detail, it's in between the National Geographic and the Backcountry Roads maps.

Other Resources
Death Valley National Park Website
USGS: Death Valley Geology
Exploring Wild Death Valley Check out his links page.