TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE AND LEGAL DISCLAIMER
The Terms and Conditions of Use as outlined below govern your use of Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures, and, by visiting any page on this website, you hereby accept them in full.  Your agreement to comply with and be bound by these Terms and Conditions is deemed to occur upon your first use of the website.  If you continue to browse and use the website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following Terms and Conditions in full, which govern the relationship between us and you in relation to your use of the website.  If you disagree with any part of these Terms and Conditions, you must not use the website.  We may revise these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting an updated version on this web page.  You should visit this page periodically to review the most current Terms and Conditions (updated date recorded at bottom of page) because they are binding on all users of the website.

Death Valley National Park should be considered by all users of this website to be one of the most dangerous hiking destinations in the world because it presents visitors with a number of potentially dangerous and lethal hazards.  People die while hiking in Death Valley National Park nearly every year.  Hiking, backpacking, driving 4WD roads, camping, and general sightseeing by driving or walking on and off trails within Death Valley National Park and the surrounding area holds greater risks than normal activities carried out at home or in other areas.  In Death Valley, there can be severe weather such as extreme heat, flash floods, rains, snow storms, lightning strikes, and winds.  There are serious route-finding challenges because there are very few maintained trails and most hiking is done cross-country using unofficial routes.  As a result, there is a high risk of getting lost or stranded somewhere in the park.  Cell phone coverage is very poor in most areas and GPS units have been known to have faulty information which misleads drivers to places that have resulted in tragic deaths.  Personal locator beacons and satellite phones and messengers may not work without a clear view of the open sky.  Mines and mining tunnels must not be entered because they contain unseen vertical shafts, deadly gases, oxygen deficiency, cave-ins, unsafe structures, unstable explosives, and other assorted risks.  Old structures, ladders, mining equipment, old vehicles, and backcountry cabins should not be entered or climbed on because there is a risk of collapse, catching Hantavirus, additional health risks, and other assorted risks.  There are wildlife dangers from poisonous snakes, scorpions, mountain lions, ticks, wild bulls, wild burros, mule deer, and other animals.  There are terrain obstacles on mountain peaks, within canyons, at mining ruins, on valley floors, and at other areas.  Mountain peaks have areas of exposure and sheer drop-offs along with steep scree slopes.  Canyons have dangers from falling rocks dropping down from above and areas of dry falls which might not be safe to climb or bypass.  Valley floors can have brutal walking terrain including rigid salt formations and ground areas of salt flats which can collapse without warning into pools of water or old mining pits.  Tripping, slipping on steep slopes, taking falls, getting cut by sharp rocks, breaking bones, being overcome by heat, being caught in flash floods, and sustaining serious injuries and death have happened in the past to hikers and visitors to Death Valley and continue to be potential risks to everyone visiting Death Valley National Park and the surrounding area.  In addition to everything mentioned above, there are a great number of other risks, both natural and man-made, which can lead to personal injury or death while visiting National Parks and backcountry wilderness areas.

On our Death Valley Hiking and Backpacking Recommendations page, we try to recap a few of the risks and helpful measures that can be taken for the benefit of those considering hiking in Death Valley.  On the main page of the website, there are circular graphics which represent the general level of difficulty of the various hikes.  These difficulty levels are Family friendly, Desert hiking, and Safety alert.  These difficulty levels should not be considered definitive but rather just a general guide from personal experience, which might be different from that of users of this website.  If you are interested in visiting a location which is covered on this website, you will find our reports and pictures helpful as a beginning.  You will then need to check the internet for additional details, read guidebooks, and obtain the necessary official trail or topographical maps.  You will need to obtain a GPS unit and learn how to use it properly, and you will need to notify others of your hiking plans and check in with them upon completion of a hike.  Once you have completed all of your planning and arrive in Death Valley, you should check in and talk with park rangers at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.  They are an important resource and can help you determine if you are properly prepared, in good enough physical condition, and can safely hike in Death Valley.  It is the responsibility of the users of this website to learn the necessary skills for safe hiking and backcountry travel, have the proper physical conditioning, bring adequate water, and to carry the proper gear and maps while carrying out any hike.  All users of this website must assume full responsibility for their own actions and personal safety while hiking on any route described here.  All users of this website must also show sound judgment, be prepared for all weather and wilderness conditions, carry any necessary safety ropes and equipment, and seek advice from a Death Valley National Park ranger on current trail conditions and weather warnings before heading out onto any trail or route.  Hiking trails, routes, roads, and backcountry conditions change from day to day, and from season to season, therefore rendering any information on this website subject to change without warning.  Rains and flash floods can significantly reshape canyons and you may find canyons to be completely different from what is represented within our photographs or reports.  It is the sole responsibility of all users of this website to obtain and use the proper maps, guidebooks, assistance of park rangers, knowledge, safety precautions, navigational abilities, heat considerations, supply of water, hiking and/or climbing ability, and other necessary preparations.  All users of this website acknowledge and agree that their personal safety and the safety of those hiking in their groups is their own responsibility.  Do not assume that you can accomplish the same hikes that we have done and show here on the site.  All users of this website should not attempt anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or is beyond their own reasonable and safe limits.  The information contained on this website is not to be considered a guide.  Instead, it has been made available so that you may have a general idea of what to expect on the hikes listed on this website.  We take no responsibility, nor assume any liability for inaccuracies, errors, omission, outdated details, or incompleteness of any information.  Nothing posted anywhere on this website constitutes professional advice of any kind.

Although the authors and publishers of Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures (PanamintCity.com, DVAdventures.com, and DeathValleyHiking.com) try to make the information contained on this website as accurate as possible, as well as to point out some of the potential hazards on some of the routes and safety measures that can be taken, they disclaim any liability for accident, loss, injury, death, inconvenience, or any other damage that may be sustained by anyone using the information contained on this website.  Those who use this information, and those who venture into backcountry wilderness, do so at their own risk.  You are solely responsible for using your own judgment in interpreting and using this information to safely enjoy your own outdoor hiking activities.  This includes areas highlighted on this website within Death Valley National Park, areas around Death Valley, and all other places throughout the world which are shared and discussed here on this site within our individual reports and blog posts.  As a reader, you recognize this, assume all risks of property damage, personal injury and death, and agree to hold Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures harmless from any liability as a result of your use of the information provided within all pages of this website.  Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures and/or anyone contributing information to this website shall not be held liable for any inconvenience, accidents, rescues, injuries or loss of life should you undertake any of the hikes listed on this website.  The authors of this website provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided on this site is accurate or reliable.  By using Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless PanamintCity.com, DVAdventures.com, and DeathValleyHiking.com (its owners) and its affiliates with respect to any claims, damages, losses, liabilities, and all costs and expenses of defense, including but not limited to attorneys' fees, resulting directly or indirectly from a claim by a third party that arises in connection with your use of this website.  Moreover, while Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures provides external links to other websites, guidebooks, and maps and information which have been created by other people, it neither endorses them nor assumes liability for their content.

By accessing, browsing, and/or using this website, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and you agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.  If you do not agree to these terms then please do not use this website.  You represent that you are 18 years of age or older and that you are not under any legal or other disability which limits your ability to comply with these terms and conditions.

All text, photos, website design and layout, and graphics, unless otherwise noted, are owned by Steve Hall's Death Valley Adventures and are to be considered copyrighted material.  This copyright is under the protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as well as other worldwide copyright laws.  No material may be copied and/or displayed without written permission by the publisher/owner of this website.  The material has been provided for personal and non-commercial use only.  You may not copy, modify, excerpt, distribute, transmit, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any text, photos or any other content obtained from this website.

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The Terms and Conditions of Use and Legal Disclaimer were most recently updated on January 19, 2017.