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.
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. Scotty's Castle Road, also known as Bonnie Clare Road, is located in the northern part of Death Valley National Park, and provides access to Scotty's Castle historic house museum.
Construction will continue after the road reopens. The project includes widening lanes, replacing the historic concrete fence line, installing flash flood mitigation, and repaving the road. A separate chip seal road project will begin on the 33-mile southern section of the road between CA-190 and Grapevine Ranger Station on Monday, April 14th. This section of the road may have 15-minute delays. Additionally, the northern 8-mile section of the road between Grapevine and the park boundary may have 30-minute delays. This net total of 45-minute delays on Scotty's Castle Road is possible until mid-May.
Currently Scotty's Castle house tours are offered from 10:00am to 3:00pm, at least every hour. Tour schedules will be reduced for the summer season. Starting Sunday, April 21, the minimum daily schedule will be house tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00, although more tours may be added. Underground tours will resume in the fall.
Reservations for tours can be made up to 9pm the night before at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. On the day of the tour, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Scotty's Castle.
For general information about Death Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov/deva. For general information about Scotty's Castle, visit go.nps.gov/scottyscastle or call 760-786-2392. -NPS-
Did You Know?
Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest place in North America and one of the lowest places in the world at 282 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea, between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest at 1371 feet below sea level.