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 17, 2013
Death Valley National Park Proposes Fee Changes at Furnace Creek Campground
Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding pricing for nineteen improved campsites and the establishment of three new group sites in the Furnace Creek Campground.
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.
March 05, 2013
National Parks Serve as Powerful Economic Engines
Death Valley, CA –National Parks continued to be important economic engines for local communities, with visitors generating $30.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the National Park Service.
February 20, 2013
Death Valley National Park’s Dark, Starry Nights Earn International Dark Sky Recognition
Most famous as the lowest, driest, and hottest place in North America, Death Valley National Park also harbors some of the darkest night skies in the United States. That dark sky is key to its recent certification as only the third International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. National Park System.
February 13, 2013
MarsFest 2013 Comes to Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA--Join Death Valley NP for the second annual MarsFest (formerly Mars and the Mojave) March 1 – March 3, 2013. MarsFest is an annual science festival for all ages and interest levels held in Death Valley National Park. The festival is a partnership between the National Park Service and several NASA centers and NASA-sponsored research arms (the Carl Sagan Center/SETI Institute, Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Lab) to bring scientists and the public together to explore our nation’s forays into space.
January 28, 2013
Death Valley NP To Host Dark Sky Program
Death Valley National Park and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will co-host a Dark Sky Program on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2013. The event will begin around dusk each evening at the Furnace Creek Airport just north of the Furnace Creek Ranch on Highway 190. National Park Rangers will be viewing the night sky with their telescopes from 7-9 pm each night as part of Death Valley National Park’s Dark Night Sky series.
January 28, 2013
Employee Photo Exhibit at Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Death Valley National Park presents Death Valley Through Our Eyes from January 28, 2013 – February 21, 2013 in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Multipurpose Room.
January 24, 2013
Kathy Billings Named as New Superintendent for Death Valley NP
Kathy Billings has been selected as the new superintendent for Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada. Kathy is currently the Superintendent at Kaloko-Honokōhau and Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Parks in Hawai`i. She will begin her new position in mid March. She replaces former superintendent Sarah Craighead, who left in November to become superintendent at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
January 07, 2013
Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fees for MLK Day
The entrance fee to Death Valley National Park will be waived in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday on January 21, 2013.
October 17, 2012
Grand Re-Opening of Historic Visitor Center Brings Celebrities to Park
November 3rd and 4th will be the days to commemorate a number of events in Death Valley National Park. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 1pm in the courtyard of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. The historic “Mission 66” style of architecture that dominated National Park Service facilities in the 1950s and 60s, including the Visitor Center and Museum, will show a refreshed interior with new interpretive exhibits. The building will be LEED certified with energy saving components built into the new design.
May 09, 2012
Death Valley National Park to Hold Annular Eclipse Viewing
The first annular eclipse seen in the United States in 18 years will be visible on May 20, 2012, and Death Valley NP Rangers will be offering prime time viewing from Dante’s Viewpoint. From 5:30-7:30 pm, rangers will assist park visitors in seeing the eclipse through telescopes and solar glasses from a premier vantage point within the park.
October 31, 2011
Wildrose Road Repair
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment analyzing various proposals to rehabilitate 4.8 miles of the Emigrant Canyon Road, commonly referred to as Lower Wildrose Road, from milepost 20 to milepost 24.8 in Death Valley National Park (Park). This section of Lower Wildrose Road has deteriorated over the years due to flash flooding and presents a hazard to vehicular travel in the Park.