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.
Los Angeles Students Explore Careers in Death Valley
For the second year in a row, high school students from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps' "Clean and Green" program visited Death Valley National Park for a week of service, environmental education, and job shadowing with the National Park Service staff.
"When we first arrived in
The Conservation Corps members removed invasive weeds from a field of native, blooming wildflowers and collected data for an ecosystem study of the Salt Creek pupfish, a species that only lives in
"Shadowing the rangers was a wonderful experience," said fifteen-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez of
The Conservation Corps members camped while they were in Death Valley-including cooking, cleaning, and organizing their group camp with guidance from Corps leaders and National Park Service rangers. During the day, students also participated in curriculum-based educational programs led by park rangers, including a geological examination of Ubehebe Crater and an ecological exploration of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
This ongoing partnership between Death Valley Nation Park and L.A. Conservation Corps seeks to cultivate a National Park stewardship ethic among program participants, and encourage urban youth to consider green career fields.
"During this week in Death Valley, I've learned that nature is a beautiful thing," said Lizzette Rodriguez, 16, of
For additional information, contact: Stephanie Kyriazis, Education Specialist at e-mail us or 760-786-3226.
Did You Know?
Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park was named by Dr. Samuel George in 1861. After climbing the 11,049 foot peak, Dr. George said that he could see so far that it reminded him of looking through a telescope.