Scotty's Castle Road Construction.
Road construction Monday-Friday (occasional Saturdays) through the end of December; expect delays of up to 30 minutes between the Grapevine Ranger Station, and park boundary at NV-267 and on road to Mesquite Springs Campground.
Doing Business With The Park
Many activities that take place in Death Valley require a permit. The park routinely issues permits for the activities listed below. If your activity is not listed on this page please contact the Special Permits Office if you meet any of the following criteria for a permit.
Permit processing does take time and our 1-person Special Permits Office processes approximately 600 permits each year. Therefore, you must submit your application along with all required documents at least 60 days before you need the permit—do not expect your application to be processed immediately. All permits are processed in the order they are received. You can expedite your process by reading all of the information regarding your type of permit and by making sure your application package is complete before you send it.
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The following commercial activities are currently authorized in Death Valley National Park:
A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large, and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest. The links below will provide additional information and applications:
Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit. Permits are not required for visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for personal use, and they are not required for film or video news crews at breaking news events. The application for photography and filming is required in order to evaluate a permit request.
To apply for a scientific research and collecting permit on the National Park Service's "Research Permit and Reporting System" website, go to the RPRS website. The RPRS website has information on the necessary procedures and requirements.
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...