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 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.
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