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 Hosts Star Party
Death Valley National Park and Furnace Creek Resort invite the Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) to conduct their 10th Anniversary Star Party on January 28 and 29, 2011. The weekend will include stargazing, solar viewing, and night sky tours. National Park Rangers will join LVAS for dark sky program presentations, and will continue to host programs through the spring months.
Members of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society have been bringing their telescopes and expertise to Death Valley to share with the public for 10 years. There will be between 10-20 various-sized and types of scopes available for viewing, each trained on a different celestial object including planets, stars, nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. Some members also offer computerized viewing. The knowledgeable members of LVAS are happy to provide information and answer questions.
At 8pm each night, long-time LVAS member John Heller will conduct an informative night sky tour to orient participants to what is visible in the sky that night. He will point out constellations and explain celestial phenomena in easy to understand language. On Saturday afternoon, members will set up solar scopes which will allow the public to see an "up-close and personal" view of the sun.
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 our website at http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/tours.htm.
Did You Know?
Death Valley is home to more than 1000 species of plants and more than 50 of those are endemics, found nowhere else in the world. More...