February 10, 2015
Death Valley National Park Tops One Million Visitors in 2014
For the first year in over a decade, Death Valley National Park’s annual visitation soared past the one million mark, registering 1.1 million people who came to the park. 2013’s figures were about 950,000, and have generally been on the upswing since 2010. Cheap gas, plus the renovation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center with up-to-date exhibits and informational stations to aid park visitors contributed to the increase.
February 05, 2015
Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend 2015 with Free Admission to All National Parks
To celebrate the connections between our national leaders and national parks, all 405 National Park Service sites will have free admission during Presidents Day weekend, February 14-16. It is a wonderful time of year to visit Death Valley National Park, with its warm temperatures and the promise of spring flowers.
January 20, 2015
Death Valley National Park Announces “Hike Death Valley” Program
Beginning January 2015, Death Valley National Park will launch the first annual Hike Death Valley program. The program encourages park visitors to get out on the trails of Death Valley by earning points for each hike completed. Once a visitor earns four points, they are eligible to receive a free commemorative decal by sharing their photos with a park ranger and learn how to share their experience online.
January 14, 2015
National Parks Arts Foundation Announces 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program at Death Valley National Park
In conjunction with Death Valley National Park, National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) will launch its third year of a highly successful Death Valley National Park Artist-in-Residence program. The 2015 debut artist is an award winning film-maker director and artist, Hannah Mir Jayanti.
January 13, 2015
Death Valley National Park Waives Entrance Fee for MLK Holiday
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 19, 2015. Come to Death Valley to explore a polished rock canyon, multi-colored and bizarre rock formations, warm temperatures, and sunny skies.
December 17, 2014
Death Valley National Park Invites Public to Christmas Bird Count
Starting December 14th, and through the holiday season, citizen scientists will once again fan out across America and America's national parks to count birds. One of the longest running citizen science events in the world, the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began in 1900. It provides reliable data that help demonstrate the importance of national parks to birds.
This year the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for Death Valley National Park will take place on January 3, 2015. Birders can experience the diversity of habitats and species found 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.
The bird count will begin at 7 a.m. at the Furnace Creek Golf Course parking lot. Participants should dress in layers; bring a hat and sunscreen; water and food; and binoculars if available. Participants do not need to commit to the entire day, but must be there at 7 a.m. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Linda Manning 760-786-3252 or email@example.com. Food and lodging are available in Death Valley National Park and in surrounding communities. For more information about Death Valley, see nps.gov/deva.
The data collected by CBC participants over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other bird surveys, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed over the past hundred years. The long-term perspective made possible by the Christmas Bird Count is vital for conservationists. It helps guide strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well. Each year, the CBC mobilizes more than 70,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations. When compiled, the results will be posted at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.
The Christmas Bird Count is also a fun day to be outdoors, learn about local and migratory bird species, and meet new people.
November 20, 2014
Zabriskie Point Closed to Visitors for Winter Season on December 1, 2014
Death Valley National Park announced that starting December 1, 2014 through April 30, 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.
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.
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.