March 03, 2014
Tourism to Death Valley National Park creates $78 million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 1 million visitors to Death Valley National Park in 2012 spent $78 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 929 jobs in the local area.
February 27, 2014
Death Valley National Park Announces Wilderness Walk Series in Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
Join Death Valley National Park in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by participating in a “Wilderness Walk” within the 3.1 million acres of designated wilderness in the lower 48’s largest designated area.
February 26, 2014
Death Valley National Park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center Captures First Ever Design Award of Excellence
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park was granted the Award of Excellence from Docomomo US. The award is part of the Modernism of America Awards, the first national program of its kind to celebrate the projects and people working to preserve and rehabilitate significant mid-century modern buildings for continued productive use, and to raise public awareness of the ongoing threats to modern architecture and design.
February 07, 2014
Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend with Free Admission to All National Parks
To celebrate the connections between our national leaders and national parks, all 401 National Park Service sites will have free admission during Presidents Day weekend, February 15-17. It is a wonderful time of year to visit Death Valley National Park, with its warm temperatures and promise of spring flowers.
January 24, 2014
Death Valley National Park Co-hosts Stargazing Nights
Death Valley, CA—Death Valley National Park and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) will co-host a stargazing opportunity on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm.
January 24, 2014
Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan Alternatives Development
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to help inform and shape alternatives development for a management plan and environmental impact statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park (Park).
January 09, 2014
Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fee on MLK Day
The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park. All National Park units will waive entrance fees in honor of Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014. Come to Death Valley to explore a polished rock canyon, multi-colored and bizarre rock formations, warm temperatures, and sunny skies.
December 23, 2013
Christmas Bird Count in Death Valley National Park
This year the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for Death Valley National Park will take place on January 4, 2014. People can experience the diversity of habitats and birds in the Death Valley/Furnace Creek area. The public is invited to participate in this count and all skill levels are welcome. For beginners, this is a great opportunity to learn about birds in the area, get identification tips and meet others interested in desert environments.
December 16, 2013
AmeriCorps NCCC Helps Restore Wilderness Character in Death Valley
Death Valley, CA – For the next several weeks, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team of nine members will be working alongside the National Park Service (NPS) to restore and enhance several park areas. The team arrived November 14th and will be staying until December 19th while camping at an NPS campground and working alongside Park Ranger Charlie Callagan.
November 14, 2013
Death Valley National Park Seeks Public Comment on Environmental Assessment for Navel Spring Water System Repair and Maintenance Project
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA), which analyzes a proposal from Rio Tinto to perform maintenance, repairs, and improvements to their water system at Navel Spring in Death Valley National Park. Rio Tinto is a pre-1914 water rights claim holder at Navel Spring.
November 04, 2013
Death Valley National Park Waives Fees for Veteran's Day Weekend
The National Park Service invites you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available at Death Valley National Park in commemoration of Veteran’s Day, November 9-11, 2013. Now that the weather has cooled down, you can enjoy being outdoors again in most areas of the park. Only entrance fees will be waived. Camping fees and expanded amenity fees, such as Scotty’s Castle tour tickets, will still apply. Please check the park’s website www.nps.gov/deva for the latest information on road closures.
October 17, 2013
Death Valley National Park Re-Opens to Visitors
Death Valley National Park re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Death Valley National Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
October 14, 2013
Hunter Mountain Approved for Prescribed Fire and Ecosystem Study
The National Park Service (NPS) has completed environmental analysis and has selected an alternative to implement a 50-acre prescribed fire and associated ecosystem study in the Hunter Mountain area of Death Valley National Park (Park).
The prescribed fire and ecosystem study, tiered from Death Valley National Park’s approved Fire Management Plan, will protect historic resources while enabling the Park to proceed in an informed way toward its goal of using prescribed fire to return fire to native ecosystems.
September 19, 2013
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park September 28
Death Valley National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 for National Public Lands Day. The 20th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
August 21, 2013
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park for Founder's Day
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 to celebrate Founder’s Day—the birthday of the National Park Service.
August 08, 2013
Death Valley National Park Issues Scoping Notice for Stovepipe Wells Cellular Service Proposal
Death Valley, CA--Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding a commercial proposal to install a telecommunications tower and provide cellular service near Stovepipe Wells Village.
August 07, 2013
Death Valley National Park Issues Finding of No Significant Impact, Approves Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan for Death Valley National Park, concluding a 4-year public planning process.
August 05, 2013
Storm Damage Closes Several Roads in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA—Heavy rainstorms that crossed the region recently (July 28th) have forced the closure of several Death Valley National Park roads due to flood damage.
July 26, 2013
Death Valley National Park Participates in Global Network of Mountain Ecosystem Climate Change Monitoring Sites
During the week of July 23-28 twenty scientists, volunteers and students gathered in the Panamint Range to establish a new target region (“site”) of the GLORIA Monitoring Program. The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments was established by scientists in Austria nearly a decade ago to facilitate an effort to document changes in biodiversity and vegetation patterns in high mountain ecosystems around the globe, in response to climate change.
July 11, 2013
Death Valley NP Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium was filled with weather enthusiasts from across the nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded on July 10, 1913. The 134 degree day was penned by Oscar Denton, who took the reading amidst birds falling dead from the sky because of the heat.
July 09, 2013
Scotty’s Castle Will Close for Paving Project
Death Valley National Park will close historic Scotty’s Castle on July 15th for a paving project that will close the parking lot at the Castle.
July 01, 2013
National Park Service and the National Weather Service Host Celebration of Weather Event
Death Valley National Park, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS), will host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the hottest recorded temperature in the world, measured at 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch (now Furnace Creek Ranch) in Death Valley, CA.
June 05, 2013
Public Comments Sought for Environmental Assessment for Hunter Mountain Prescribed Burn
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze a proposal to conduct a prescribed fire and associated ecosystem study within Death Valley National Park (Park). Fifty acres of pinyon pine forest with scattered sagebrush at the intersection of the Hunter Mountain Road and the Hunter Cabin Road in the Cottonwood Mountains is the planned location of the project.
June 03, 2013
Furnace Creek Visitor Center Changes to Summer Schedule
Beginning on Sunday June 16th, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., one hour later than the previous schedule. This change will better serve the summer travelers who arrive later in the day or begin their activities early and seek indoor venues in the afternoon. While summer brings extreme temperatures, this time of year also brings a high volume of European visitors. The new schedule will allow park staff to be available later in the day to assist visitors. The Visitor Center will return to winter hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on October 7th.
May 23, 2013
Wildland Fire Contained Near Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park
Firefighters have contained a 15 acre wildland fire on Thursday near historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park. Scotty’s Castle is a Spanish style mansion built in the 1930s that hosts daily living history tours. The Castle is closed until water and power are restored to the area.
May 22, 2013
Wildland Fire Erupts Near Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park
A fire broke out near historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park on Tuesday, May 21st around 4 pm. As of Wednesday morning, about 26 acres of heavy brush had burned north of the Castle grounds. Firefighters from the region were called in to fight the blaze which at times was about 70 feet high.
April 10, 2013
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate National Park
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park every day and all National Park units between April 22-26, 2013 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 401 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.
March 12, 2013
Death Valley National Park Presents Musical Round-About
Death Valley, CA, NV--Death Valley National Park invites the public to the first ever “Musical Round-About” at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium on March 22nd. The concert is the second of several events aimed at showcasing the artistic talents of the Death Valley community both within and adjacent to the park.
March 07, 2013
Death Valley National Park Hosts Second Annual MarsFest
Death Valley, CA--Hundreds of park visitors had an opportunity to hear NASA scientists, go to “Mars Hill”, look down into a hydro-magmatic crater, and learn about microbes in the muck at Badwater Basin. The second Mars Festival (MarsFest) in Death Valley National Park hosted presenters from several institutions to deliver programs for mere mortals. Speakers highlighted current research being conducted both in Death Valley and on Mars.