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.
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate National Park Week
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 19-20, 2014 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.
National Park Week runs from April 19-27, 2014. As part of the week, the Death Valley National Park will promote junior ranger activities for National Junior Ranger Day on April 26th. Materials are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
The wildflowers are out in force this year, despite a drought in the rest of California. In some areas of the park there is an abundance of wildflowers along the roads and are draping hillsides with color. Or you can enjoy a day at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, wind your way through Golden Canyon, or stay cool with a visit to Scotty's Castle. Stroll along the salt flats at Badwater or see the colorful display of minerals at Artist's Palette. Temperatures are expected to be warm, so carry plenty of water and sunscreen, and plan outdoor activities for early in the day.
This year's theme of "Go Wild!" coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Of Death Valley's 3.4 million acres, 93% of the park is designated wilderness, offering unique natural experiences and outstanding opportunities for solitude.
To help plan your trip, go to www.nps.gov/deva, or call 760-786-3200 for more information. See www.nps.gov/npweek for more information on National Park Week.
Did You Know?
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...