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  • Zabriskie Point to close for repairs

    Starting December 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. CA Hwy 190 will remain open to through traffic.

  • 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 »

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October 23, 2014
Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fees to Celebrate Historic Legislation
Death Valley National Park invites the public to “Wilderness Week” October 26-November 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA). In 1964, the Wilderness Act created a national system of wilderness “for the permanent good of the whole people.” These areas were to offer places that were “undeveloped…and retaining its primeval character and influence, protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions.” Events during the week will be combined to celebrate the California Desert Protection Act, which changed Death Valley’s status from a national monument to a national park. Death Valley is now 91% designated wilderness and the largest national park in the lower 48 states. Entrance fees will be waived on Friday October 31 and November 1 to commemorate the historic legislation.

September 26, 2014
Zabriskie Point Closure Postponed Until Further Notice
Death Valley National Park previously announced that the popular vista site Zabriskie Point would be closed for major repairs on October 1, 2014. Although the project is still scheduled for 2014, the exact date has not been determined. The site will remain open until further notice.

September 24, 2014
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park September 27
Death Valley National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 for National Public Lands Day. The 21st annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

September 08, 2014
Zabriskie Point Closed to Visitors for Winter Season
Death Valley National Park announced that starting October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding areas will be closed for major rehabilitation work to the site. Contractors will be on site to repair unstable support walls and improve safety conditions. Currently, the walls are deteriorating to the extent that they pose a danger to public safety.

September 03, 2014
Furnace Creek Campground Closure
Death Valley National Park announced that Furnace Creek Campground will be closed starting September 10, 2014 through mid October, 2014 due to construction work. Texas Springs Campground in the Furnace Creek Area (approximately one mile away) will be open on first-come/ first served basis for those visitors wishing to camp. There are no RV hook ups available at Texas Springs. If you have any questions please call 760-786-3200 or 760-786-2441.

August 27, 2014
Death Valley NP Announces New Conditions for Sporting Events
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that the moratorium on permitted sporting events in Death Valley National Park issued on October 1st, 2013, has been lifted. The NPS also released the findings of its safety assessment report and the required conditions on future permitted sporting events at the park.

August 27, 2014
Mystery Solved Mysterious “sailing stones” of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
Racetrack Playa is home to one of Death Valley’s most enduring mysteries. Littered across the flat, dry surface of this dry lake, also called a “playa’, are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, often leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters.

August 21, 2014
Free Entrance to Death Valley National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units on Monday, August 25th, 2014 to celebrate Founder’s Day

July 21, 2014
Tourism to Death Valley National Park Creates $75 million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that close to one million visitors to Death Valley National Park in 2013 spent more than $75 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 883 jobs in the local area.

June 27, 2014
Death Valley National Park Announce Fire Restrictions
Park visitors are informed that there are fire restrictions in effect in campgrounds and dispersed campsites throughout Death Valley National Park due to ongoing drought conditions.

April 10, 2014
Scotty’s Castle Road Reopens, Construction Delays Continue in Death Valley National Park
Scotty's Castle Road will fully reopen to through traffic on Friday, April 11, 2014. Construction will continue after the road reopens.

March 20, 2014
Death Valley National Park Hosts Third Annual MarsFest
Death Valley National Park announces the third annual MarsFest March 28-30, 2014. MarsFest is designed to elevate public awareness about planetary analog research taking place on Earth, and its associated missions in space such as Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the upcoming 2020 missions.

March 10, 2014
Comment Period Extended for Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan Alternatives Development
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to help inform and shape the development of alternatives for a management plan and environmental impact statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park (Park).

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.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Did You Know?

Telescope Peak

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.