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.
Death Valley National Park Receives Land Donation
Contact: Cheryl Chipman - NPS, 760-786-3207
Contact: Susan Keefe - Rio Tinto, 303-713-5055
U.S. Borax Inc. – a company that began mining borates in Death Valley in 1872 and played an instrumental role in protecting the land as a national monument in the 1930s – has donated 110 acres of land and associated mineral rights to Death Valley National Park. A dinner to mark the latest donation in a century-long preservation effort was held last month at the Furnace Creek Inn, which was also built by U.S. Borax. The land had associated mining claims since the late 19th century. U.S. Borax became part of Rio Tinto in 1976.
"We appreciate the company’s generosity for the donation to Death Valley National Park. The property is directly on the park’s boundary and we are grateful for the opportunity to protect the area for its historic and resource values. This donation to the people of the United States highlights the extraordinary partnership that has existed between the company and Death Valley National Park from the moment of the park’s inception." remarked Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead.
The donated site is located east of the Death Valley NP boundary and adjacent to the Dante’s Peak Rd. The site consists of three patented claims of undeveloped land. Included are the Hope patented lode claim (21 acres), Fag end patented placer claim (70 acres), and the Oversight patented lode claim (20 acres).
Review of historical sources found that the site has been undeveloped since 1910. Mineral prospecting has occurred on site as recently as 1988, but there is no evidence of mining activities. An environmental assessment was performed by Versar, Inc., and concluded that that the assessment did not reveal evidence of any recognized environmental conditions or concerns at this site.
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.