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 Rehab Project Delayed Until Further Notice
The popular vista site Zabriskie Point will be closed for major repairs over the 2014/2015 winter and spring seasons, but the exact date has not been determined. The site will remain open until further notice.
Death Valley NP To Host Dark Sky Program
Death Valley National Park and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will co-host a Dark Sky Program on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2013.The event will begin around dusk each evening at the Furnace Creek Airport just north of the Furnace Creek Ranch on Highway 190.National Park Rangers will be viewing the night sky with their telescopes from 7-9 pm each night as part of Death Valley National Park's Dark Night Sky series.
The programs will consist of an informative "Tonight's Sky" tour to orient participants to what is visible in the sky each night beginning around 8pm.They will point out constellations and explain celestial phenomena in easy to understand language.In addition, solar viewing at the Furnace Creek General Store will take place from 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday. Families are welcome.
Death Valley National Park is pursuing an International Dark Sky Park designation to bring attention to its world-class night sky features. The application will be considered by the International Dark Sky Association based in Tucson, AZ. Only two other National Park Service units have achieved this designation to date, Natural Bridges National Monument and Big Bend National Park.
Come enjoy the crystal clear desert skies in Death Valley National Park...a rare treasure. For additional information please contact Cheryl Chipman at 760-786-3207 or visit our listing of ranger programs on the website at http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/tours.htm.
Did You Know?
In 1917, Death Valley recorded 52 days with temperatures over 120 degrees and 43 consecutive days over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The original long hot summer. More...