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    Death Valley

    National Park CA,NV

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    Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »

  • Zabriskie Point to close for repairs

    Starting October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding area will be closed for major rehabilitation work to repair unstable support walls and improve conditions. CA Hwy 190 will remain open to through traffic.

Commercial Bus Tours

Commercial transportation "consists of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure/recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of this service." The permit holder owns the vehicle that is used for this purpose.

There is no application processing fee charged to commercial bus tour operators who provide transportation only. Beginning in 2014, all commercial bus permits will be issued for two (2) years from the date of issue, provided the insurance certificate on file in the Special Permits Office is current at all times.

Beginning in January 2014, we implemented a 'STEP-ON GUIDE' permit that will be required for all individuals or companies who provide hired or commercial guiding services to groups of people traveling together. Please visit our Commercial Use Authorizations page for more information on the Step-On Guide application package.

Applications for 2014 Commercial Bus Tours are currently being accepted. Our process has changed. Please do not use forms, instructions or checklists from previous years. Submit package either electronically or via regular mail. Please do not FAX your application. Send the entire package listed below to:

Office of Special Park Use
Death Valley National Park
PO Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


email:e-mail us

Download the items listed below to apply for a 2014 Commercial Bus Tour permit:

CUA holders from 2013 are required to submit a Year end-Report which is due when all trips have been completed for 2013 but no later than January 15, 2014. Reports can be returned with 2014 application package or emailed to:e-mail us. When we receive your package we will notify you via email that it has been received. Please be sure that the e-mail address on your application will be received by a responsible party as all communication with you will take place via e-mail. Your application will then be processed in the order it was received.


Did You Know?

Telescope Peak, 11,049 feet above Badwater Basin

The highest mountain in Death Valley National Park is 11,049 foot Telescope Peak. The vertical drop from the peak to the Badwater Basin is twice the depth of Grand Canyon. More...