Scotty's Castle Road Construction
Expect 30 minute delays Monday-Saturday on Scotty's Castle Road and Mesquite Springs Campground Road. Caution advised due to unpaved surfaces and sections of one-lane road.
Scotty's Castle Road Closure
The road from Scotty's Castle east to the park boundary will be closed to all traffic from February 10 to April 10, 2014. The Castle can be accessed from the south via CA-190 and Scotty's Castle Road; expect 30 minute delays.
Grand Re-Opening of Historic Visitor Center Brings Celebrities to Park
November 3rd and 4th will be the days to commemorate a number of events in Death Valley National Park. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 1pm in the courtyard of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. The historic "Mission 66" style of architecture that dominated National Park Service facilities in the 1950s and 60s, including the Visitor Center and Museum, will show a refreshed interior with new interpretive exhibits. The building will be LEED certified with energy saving components built into the new design.
The two days will also celebrate dignitaries from several organizations. Perhaps the biggest stars will be the US Borax Twenty Mule Team - used in the early 1900s to transport the mineral borax from what is now park land to market. Mineral giant Rio Tinto's President and CEO will attend the event, and singer/songwriter and former Death Valley Ranger Stan Jones will be remembered with songs played by his nephew, Keeter Stuart.
The weekend will feature demonstrations by the Twenty Mule Team each day, a session with former park Superintendents, special ranger tours and programs, as well as an evening program on Saturday in the refurbished auditorium. New exhibits about the park include a 3-D map accompanied by a video screen describing various locations for park visitors. Musicians Jean Pickard and Don Truby of "South Coast" will play in the Visitor Center courtyard both days.
Entrance fees to the park will be waived for the weekend, and all the events are open and no charge to the public. Lodging is available at park campgrounds, Stovepipe Wells Village, or the Furnace Creek Resort.
For more information, see www.nps.gov/deva or call Cheryl Chipman at 760-786-3207.
Did You Know?
Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest place in North America and one of the lowest places in the world at 282 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea, between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest at 1371 feet below sea level.