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January 13, 2016
Park Hosts Death Valley Scotty Radio Play Fundraiser
Metabolic Studio IOU Radio will be performing Death Valley Scotty at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Death Valley National Park, on January 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

January 04, 2016
Transportation Grants Available for School Field Trips to Death Valley
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, Death Valley National Park and the Death Valley Natural History Association are offering transportation grants for school groups to participate in field trips in the park.

December 29, 2015
Study to look at effects of climate change on wildlife
The University of California, Berkeley is leading a study of wildlife and climate change at Death Valley National Park. Researchers plan to survey animals in Death Valley National Park to learn how bird, small mammal, reptile, and amphibian populations have changed over the last century.

December 18, 2015
West Side Road reopened in time for busy holidays
National Park Service road crews have finished repairing West Side Road and opened it in time for an anticipated surge in visitation to Death Valley National Park over the holidays.

December 14, 2015
Some roads reopen in southern Death Valley
Fifty miles of roads in Death Valley National Park reopened to the public last weekend that had been closed due to flash floods since October. The National Park Service also made progress in recovering from flood damage at Scotty’s Castle. Significant work remains to be done in several areas of Death Valley National Park.

November 30, 2015
Death Valley renews flood recovery efforts
Forty-five National Park Service staff members from various parks reported for duty today at Death Valley to renew cleanup and repair efforts after a series of rainstorms caused repeated flash flooding, resulting in one of the greatest and costliest storms in park history.

November 14, 2015
Artists Drive reopens following storm damage repairs
Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park, closed due to mud and rock debris in the wake of heavy rains on October 18, reopened to visitors this afternoon. Crews cleared and removed an estimated 8,000 tons of debris from the nine mile road, and imported an additional 360 tons of material from Badwater Road to facilitate repairs.

October 22, 2015
Flood Damage Worse Than Originally Realized
A series of unusual storms in October caused large amounts of damage throughout Death Valley National Park. Flash floods destroyed significant portions of multiple roads and heavily damaged several historic structures at Scotty's Castle and deposited debris in Devils Hole.

October 20, 2015
Historic structures at Scotty’s Castle damaged by flood
On Sunday, October 18, 2015, a storm caused extensive flash flooding in the Scotty’s Castle area in northern Death Valley National Park. Initial assessments on Monday revealed damage to roads, utilities and some historic structures.

September 22, 2015
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park September 26
Death Valley National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 for National Public Lands Day. The 22nd annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, wherever they may be. Many local events in communities nationwide will be available for the public to participate in.

September 02, 2015
Death Valley National Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid In a Park Initiative
Death Valley National Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

April 24, 2015
Tourism to Death Valley National Park Creates $89 million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.1 million visitors to Death Valley NP in 2014 spent more than $89 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,264 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economies of California and Nevada of $89 million.

April 17, 2015
Rio Tinto Minerals Donates $50K for Death Valley National Park
Rio Tinto Minerals has donated $50,000 to produce a documentary video series on the unique beauty and history of Death Valley National Park as part of the National Park Service Centennial anniversary in 2016.

April 13, 2015
Former Death Valley Employee Named as New Park Superintendent
Mike Reynolds has been named as the new superintendent of Death Valley National Park, located in eastern California and western Nevada. He replaces Kathy Billings who recently retired. Reynolds will begin his new assignment on May 31, 2015, managing a staff of 125 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $9 million.

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