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  • EXTREME SUMMER HEAT

    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.

2009 News Releases

December 22, 2009
Road Improvement Projects at Death Valley National Park
“The park is excited to announce the beginning of several road projects within the park”, states Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “This also means minor road delays and in some cases temporary road closures.” Affected roads include the Bonnie Clare/Scotty's Castle Road and the Ubehebe Crater Road.

October 29, 2009
Business Opportunity Announced for Stovepipe Wells
Death Valley National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead today announced the availability of a Prospectus soliciting proposals for a Concession Contract for providing visitor services at Stovepipe Wells within Death Valley National Park.

September 4, 2009
Death Valley National Park Invites Public Input On Wilderness & Backcountry Stewardship Plan

The National Park Service is initiating a combined Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan for Death Valley National Park. The purpose of this Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan is to guide the National Park Service in making wise management decisions regarding the future use and protection of the park’s vast wilderness and backcountry lands. This planning process addresses all congressionally designated wilderness lands within Death Valley National Park. It also includes non-wilderness backcountry concerns, such as: backcountry road corridors and campsites, backcountry cabins near roads, and non-wilderness backcountry lands.

August 9, 2009
Desert Heat Claims Third Life in Death Valley National Park
For the third time this summer heat has been the contributing factor in the death of a visitor to Death Valley National Park. The latest victim was 6-year old boy who died of heat related causes on Wednesday, August 5th.

August 4, 2009
Death Valley National Park Accepting Comments on Draft Devils Hole Site Plan and Environmental Assessment
The park is encouraging the public to review the draft Devils Hole Site Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) and submit their comments online or in writing no later than September 18, 2009.

May 14, 2009
Death Valley National Park Extends Public Input On Wilderness Stewardship Plan
This is a second notice pertaining to the National Park Service initiating a Wilderness Stewardship Plan for the Death Valley Wilderness Area. This is to advise everyone that the comment period has been extended to June 30, 2009.
March 30, 2009
Scotty's Castle Pipe Organ Concert

The dates for this year’s concerts are June 19 & 20. The Friday night performance will be at 7:00 p.m. There will be two concerts on Saturday – the first at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m. The ticket price will be $30 per person and the money will help with the annual maintenance and tuning of the pipe organ and the maintenance of the Deagan chimes in the Chimes Tower. There are only 40 seats for each concert and every performance in the past two years has sold out. To make reservations, call the Death Valley Natural History Association at (760) 786-2146 ext 10. For more information call Scotty’s Castle at (760) 786-2392 or check the website at www.nps.gov/deva.

March 25, 2009
Death Valley National Park Invites Public Input On Wilderness Stewardship Plan

The National Park Service is initiating a Wilderness Stewardship Plan for the Death Valley Wilderness Area. The purpose of this Wilderness Stewardship Plan is to guide the National Park Service and to make decisions regarding the future use and protection of the wilderness lands. We will be completing an environmental analysis consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act. It is anticipated that this process will take 2-3 years to complete and there will be several times in the process where we will actively invite public input; this is the first such occasion.
Map of Designated Wilderness in Death Valley NP (244kb PDF)
Death Valley NP Wilderness Fact Sheet (12kb PDF)

March 17, 2009
Early Death Valley Artist's Work on Display at Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park invites the public to view a special showing of Robert F. Williams paintings at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. On an extended loan from the Binnewies Family (Fred Binnewies was a former Superintendent of Death Valley National Park), is a small collection of paintings created by artist Robert F. Williams in the 1950s.

March 17, 2009
New Superintendent Soon to Arrive at Death Valley National Park
New Death Valley National Park Superintendent Sarah L. Craighead, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), begins her new appointment March 23rd.

February 5, 2009
Devils Hole Pupfish Research Receives Significant Boost Thanks to the Generosity of the Offield Family Foundation and Death Valley Fund
Generous donations from the Offield Family Foundation and assistance from the Death Valley Fund are helping Death Valley National Park and our primary collaborators for Devils Hole pupfish research at Iowa State University take the first big steps in moving past inherent challenges to studying the Devils Hole pupfish.

January 21, 2009
New Superintendent selected for Death Valley National Park
Sarah L. Craighead, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), is appointed superintendent of Death Valley National Park, it was announced today by NPS Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. Craighead will replace JT Reynolds who retired January 3.
Sarah Craighead photo (50kb JPEG)

January 8, 2009
Death Valley National Park Seeking Public Input On Draft Exotic Plant Management Plan

Death Valley National Park is developing an Exotic Plant Management Plan. The park initiated this plan in 2002, and with new information gained during the last several years, would like to invite further input on a recent draft. "We welcome and need your comments and suggestions," states Acting Superintendent Sue Husari. Public meetings will be held Monday, January 26th at the Bob Ruud Community Center in Pahrump, NV from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 27th at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, CA, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, and on Thursday, January 29th at the Department of Water & Power Building in Bishop, CA, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (1mb PDF)

Did You Know?

Death Valley is a land of little rain

Rainfall in Death Valley averages less than 2 inches a year. There have been some years of no recorded rainfall at all! More...