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.
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. Read the Commercial Use Authorization page for information and applications for CUA's
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?
Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park was named by Dr. Samuel George in 1861. After climbing the 11,049 foot peak, Dr. George said that he could see so far that it reminded him of looking through a telescope.