Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Saratoga Springs

The bubbling waters of Saratoga Springs rise near the southern boundary of Death Valley National Park. Several springs feed three large open water ponds measuring 6.6 acres in size, the third largest marsh habitat in the park behind the Saline Valley marsh in the western portion of the park and Cottonball Marsh in central Death Valley.
Flora and Fauna
This rare desert wetland supports a rich community of plants and animals. Common reeds, bulrush, and saltgrass provide food and shelter for many of the animals living here. Some of the species present, such as the Saratoga Springs pupfish, are found nowhere else in the world. Five rare invertebrate species also occur at Saratoga Springs and include the Amargosa tryonia snail, the Amargosa spring snail, the Saratoga Springs belostoma bug, the Amargosa naucorid bug, and the Death Valley June beetle.

Saratoga Springs is located in the extreme southeast corner of Death Valley National Park. The easiest access is from California Highway 127, about 26 miles south of Shoshone. From this point, the route follows dirt roads, and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Drive the Harry Wade Road 5.9 miles west and turn north on the Saratoga Springs Road. In about four miles, this road ends at a small parking area. Walk a few hundred yards further uphill to the north for a great view of the springs and associated wetlands.

Suggestions for your visit
Since water is so rare in Death Valley, Saratoga Springs attracts a variety of birds and other wildlife. Bring binoculars and take the time to explore this wetland area. Remember that this is a sensitve habitat, so be careful not to disturb the vegetation and wildlife.

Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley,CA,92328
Phone: (760) 786 3200
Email: deva_information@nps.gov