Furnace Creek Campground Temporary Closure
Furnace Creek Campground will be CLOSED for construction starting April 16, 2013. Texas Springs Campground will remain open for summer camping in the Furnace Creek Area. More »
Scotty's Castle Fire Closure
Due to a fire at Scotty's Castle on May 20, the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center is closed, tours are cancelled, and power and phones are out. The road through Grapevine Canyon is closed. The castle will be closed for several days.
Laws & Policies
Firearms in the National Park
It is still ILLEGAL TO USE A FIREARM for any purpose in Death Valley National Park.
Protecting America's Treasures
Similar actions sometimes take place in our National Parks. Picking wildflowers, taking home stones or arrowheads as keepsakes, and defacing canyon walls with graffiti are all actions that degrade the parks for other visitors. In addition, it’s against the law.
When you visit any of the sites run by the National Park Service, you are viewing America’s treasures. These parks were created because they have special meaning to all Americans. The laws that created these special places for us to own and enjoy also mandate they be protected for the enjoyment of future generations of Americans as well.
Visiting any of our national parks is similar to visiting museums or art galleries. You certainly wouldn’t think of taking an artifact or painting home from such places. Removing anything from our National Parks means that other visitors will not be able to enjoy it. If each of the 275 million visitors took away a flower or a stone or anything from the parks they visit, they would leave behind empty landscapes that nobody would enjoy.
Help protect America’s National Park sites by leaving everything in its place and not defacing the natural resources. Other park visitors and future generations of Americans will thank you.
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...