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 »
Zabriskie Point to close for repairs
Starting October 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.
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. The following roads are closed and will remain closed until repairs can be made:
·Badwater Road - south of Badwater Basin to the south entrance on Highway 178 near Shoshone, CA is closed.
·The Badwater Road from Highway 190 at Furnace Creek to Badwater Basin is open, and visitors can access the scenic view points along that 17 mile section of road.
·Big Pine/Death Valley Road – maintained by Inyo County
·Emigrant Canyon Road
·Panamint Valley Road – maintained by Inyo County
·Harry Wade Road
·Mustard Canyon Road
·West Side Road
Due to the number of roads needing to be cleared, and some of the road damage being significant (approximately 1,000 feet of the Badwater Road is gone and over 20 miles of road is buried under flood debris) some of these major roads may take up to four weeks to get open, and it may take longer to get to some of the backcountry roads like Harry Wade Road.
To keep abreast of current road conditions, see the Park's daily Morning Report on its web site at www.nps.gov/deva.You can also visit the Parks Road Conditions Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DeathValleyRoadConditions or call the park's phone at 760-786-3200.
Did You Know?
Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth. In July 1913, five consecutive days of 129°F or above were recorded in Death Valley. On July 10, 1913 a reading of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was taken, the world record hottest air temperature. More...