Scotty's Castle Road Construction
Expect 30 minute delays Monday-Saturday on Scotty's Castle Road and Mesquite Springs Campground Road. Caution advised due to unpaved surfaces and sections of one-lane road.
Scotty's Castle Road Closure
The road from Scotty's Castle east to the park boundary will be closed to all traffic from February 10 to April 10, 2014. The Castle can be accessed from the south via CA-190 and Scotty's Castle Road; expect 30 minute delays.
Student Report Information
The National Park report is a time-honored tradition in classrooms across the country - and the world! At Death Valley National Park, we want to support your student's research efforts. Our Student Report Packet contains basic information about park weather and climate, geology, plants and animals, and history. For most elementary- and middle school-aged students, this packet provides all the information necessary to craft a thorough report.
For older students, or those seeking more specific knowledge, we have information on the park's endemic plants and animals, a first-person narrative from a Twenty Mule Team muleskinner, a list of earth's lowest elevations (Death Valley among them), and suggestions for day hikes in the park. We also encourage students to explore the Nature & Science or History & Culture sections of our website for additional information, or check out our Virtual Museum Exhibit. Students who want to interview a ranger, or who have very specific report needs should call the Education Specialist at the phone number below.
Students who wish to obtain a copy of the park's map and newspaper should email us, or write to the address below. Please note that it can take several weeks to receive these materials, so students should plan with due dates in mind. We recognize the value in letter-writing as a skill-building exercise, and we love to read student letters! In an effort to improve the park's carbon footprint, however, we try to minimize our own paper and postage usage, and so we will send your student a map and newspaper, but will refer them to the website for digital report materials. If your students do not have access to the internet, please have them specify this in their information request so we can make an exception and mail the Student Report Packet.
Thank you for introducing National Parks to your students!
Did You Know?
Rainfall in Death Valley averages less than 2 inches a year. There have been some years of no recorded rainfall at all! More...