It is situated at an elevation of 1377 m and has a population of 230. It is located at the end of the Goms, directly before the Furka and Grimsel passes, underneath the Rhône River source at the Rhône Glacier. It is also the startpoint of the Furka Tunnel.
In the winter season, it is a very pleasant small scale skiing resort. During summertime, it is a place to walk. All year round the panorama on the Alps is astonishing.
Most inhabitants live of tourism and/or sheep farming; yet Oberwald is also the home of the Ark Linux headquarters.